99 Inspirational Quotes For Cancer

Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows fall behind you. - Maori Proverb

Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows fall behind you. – Maori Proverb

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. -Victor Hugo

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. -Victor Hugo

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there. - Norman Vincent Peale

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there. – Norman Vincent Peale

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. - Jane Howard

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. – Jane Howard

Cancer affects all of us, whether you're a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.- Jennifer Aniston

Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.- Jennifer Aniston

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul

Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.- Michael Douglas

Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.- Michael Douglas

Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment — you just have to be willing to take it. - Emily Hollenberg

Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment — you just have to be willing to take it. – Emily Hollenberg

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. - John Diamon

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. – John Diamon

Cancer is an ugly disease, but the beauty of life after cancer is worth fighting for.

Cancer is an ugly disease, but the beauty of life after cancer is worth fighting for.

Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.- Marcia Smith

Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.- Marcia Smith

Cancer may have started the fight, but you finish it

Cancer may have started the fight, but you finish it

Confidence and hope do more good than physic. - Galen

Confidence and hope do more good than physic. – Galen

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. - Dan Rather

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. – Dan Rather

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. - Dorothy Bernard

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. – Dorothy Bernard

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. - Arthur Koestler

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. – Arthur Koestler

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. - Raymond Lindquist

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. – Raymond Lindquist

 Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic. - Martin H. Fischer


Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic. – Martin H. Fischer

Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. - Lewis G. Janes

Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. – Lewis G. Janes

Don’t miss your life.

Don’t miss your life.

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. - Ruth Ann Schabacker

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. – Ruth Ann Schabacker

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. -Robert Brault,

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. -Robert Brault,

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. - Mary C. Crowley

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. – Mary C. Crowley

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. - Author Unknown

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. – Author Unknown

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. - Philip Gulley

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. – Philip Gulley

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. - Author Unknown

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. – Author Unknown

He who fears something gives it power over him. - Moorish Proverb

He who fears something gives it power over him. – Moorish Proverb

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. - Henry David Thoreau

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. – Henry David Thoreau

Hope is grief’s best music. - Author Unknown

Hope is grief’s best music. – Author Unknown

HOPE is the bridge that connects CANCER and RECOVERY.

HOPE is the bridge that connects CANCER and RECOVERY.

 Hope is the physician of each misery. - Irish Proverb


Hope is the physician of each misery. – Irish Proverb

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. - Victor Hugo

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. – Victor Hugo

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it. - George Weinberg

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it. – George Weinberg

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. - Voltaire

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. – Voltaire

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. - Anne Frank

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for. - James H. Boren

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for. – James H. Boren

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. - Wernher von Braun

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. – Wernher von Braun

I’ve got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I’m blue. - Author Unknown

I’ve got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I’m blue. – Author Unknown

If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so. - Eric Bentley

If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so. – Eric Bentley

I'm stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been 'This too shall pass.' I now understand it really well. - Robin Roberts

I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’ I now understand it really well. – Robin Roberts

In time of test, family is best. - Burmese Proverb

In time of test, family is best. – Burmese Proverb

It isn’t our position but our disposition which makes us happy. - Author Unknown

It isn’t our position but our disposition which makes us happy. – Author Unknown

Keep walking, keep running and let cancer be the shadow that disappears when life turns a new day

Keep walking, keep running and let cancer be the shadow that disappears when life turns a new day

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.  Voltaire

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner

Mind is everything. Muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. - Paavo Nurmi

Mind is everything. Muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. – Paavo Nurmi

My cancer scare changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.- Olivia Newton-John

My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.- Olivia Newton-John

Never, never, never give up. - Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts — it’s what you do with what you have left. - Hubert Humphrey

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts — it’s what you do with what you have left. – Hubert Humphrey

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. - Christopher Reeve

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. – Christopher Reeve

Optimism is the foundation of courage. - Nicholas Murray Butler

Optimism is the foundation of courage. – Nicholas Murray Butler

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear. - Author Unknown

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear. – Author Unknown

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. – Emily Kimbrough

So if there is a purpose to the suffering that is cancer, I think it must be this: it's meant to improve us. - Lance Armstrong

So if there is a purpose to the suffering that is cancer, I think it must be this: it’s meant to improve us. – Lance Armstrong

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. - Emory Austin

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. - Author Unknown

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. – Author Unknown

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. - James K. Feibleman

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. – James K. Feibleman

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. - Thomas Carlyle

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. – Thomas Carlyle

The first step to beat cancer is to accept that it is just an illness, not a death sentence.

The first step to beat cancer is to accept that it is just an illness, not a death sentence.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. - William James

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. - Plato

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. – Plato

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. - C.C. Scott

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.C. Scott

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. - Edward J. Stieglitz

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. – Edward J. Stieglitz

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. - John Burroughs

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. – John Burroughs

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.- Nikolai Lenin

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.- Nikolai Lenin

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. - Mignon McLaughlin

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. – Mignon McLaughlin

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. - Scott Hamilton

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. – Scott Hamilton

The only way to beat cancer’s UGLY side is to overpower it with the BEAUTY of Hope

The only way to beat cancer’s UGLY side is to overpower it with the BEAUTY of Hope

The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. - Frederick W. Cropp

There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. – Frederick W. Cropp

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. - Baruch Spinoza

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. – Baruch Spinoza

Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me

Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. - Katherine Paterson

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. – Katherine Paterson

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. - Alex Karras

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. – Alex Karras

We acquire the strength we have overcome. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We acquire the strength we have overcome. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. - Author Unknown

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. – Author Unknown

We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell. - Lance Armstrong

We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell. – Lance Armstrong

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. - Kenji Miyazawa

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa

We "need" cancer because, by the very fact of its incurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer. - Gilbert Adair,

We “need” cancer because, by the very fact of its incurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer. – Gilbert Adair,

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. - Winston Churchill

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. – Winston Churchill

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! - Author Unknown

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! – Author Unknown

When you treat a disease, first treat the mind. - Chen Jen

When you treat a disease, first treat the mind. – Chen Jen

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast. - Martha Weinman Lear

Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast. – Martha Weinman Lear

You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It's a mindset. - Dave Pelzer

You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset. – Dave Pelzer

You can see a person's whole life in the cancer they get. - Haruki Murakami

You can see a person’s whole life in the cancer they get. – Haruki Murakami

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. - Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. – Eleanor Roosevelt

You never know how strong you are…until being strong is the only choice you have.

You never know how strong you are…until being strong is the only choice you have.

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. - William Arthur Ward

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. – William Arthur Ward

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. - Hugh Downs

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. – Hugh Downs

A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office. - Francis O’Walsh

A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office. – Francis O’Walsh

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. - Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. - Arthur Somers Roche

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. – Arthur Somers Roche

Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you. - Author Unknown

Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you. – Author Unknown

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill

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