We love ourselves a good quote and so we asked our community to share their favorite quotes and affirmations with us and we’ve highlighted some below.

Audrey Stanton | Freelance Writer

You are already enough. This is something my mom and therapist have each said to me and it’s the most powerful affirmation I’ve ever encountered. The world we live in constantly tells us we need to buy, sell, change, or alter in order to be “enough.” That scarcity mindset isn’t just detrimental to our own mental health, but it perpetuates oppressive systems and structures. We’re constantly told that there isn’t enough to go around, we aren’t enough and we have to fight tooth and nail in order to hold on to the little in life which will help us to be “enough.” This simply isn’t true. There is enough to go around, we just have done an awful job of equitably distributing resources. Competition is the enemy of creativity and the enemy of a just world. Read more>>

Serafina Costanza | Comedian, Writer & Actor

Something clicked inside me the first time I read the quote by Charlie Chaplin – “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” It helped me realize everyday is a gift and I have the power to make the most out of that gift. I’ve always been the type of person who is able to laugh while crying. Somehow in the during my toughest moments, hardest cries I most often am able to turn some part of the tragedy around to make myself laugh. It’s hard for me to not make a joke during a tough, dark or sad situation; like laughing at a funeral after sobbing your eyes out. I can be sad, I can feel my feelings but the sadness doesn’t have to ruin me. It’s a healthy defense mechanism that I welcome. Beyond the ability to make a joke in the midst of tragedy, this quote reminds me that no matter what is going on, no matter how sad I am that sometimes we have to take the serious not so seriously. It’s easy to forget, more now than ever, that it’s ok to be happy and enjoy yourself. It’s up to me to not waste days. Read more>>

Aman Dembe | Industrial and Multimedia Designer | Food Enthusiast | Content Creator

“You win or you learn. Losing isn’t an option” This quote has become incorporated into my life in more ways than one. The world is a place where there are only winners and losers, but I believe there are people who fall in between, and these are the learners. Many times I have bitten more than I can chew, being well aware that what I’m trying to achieve is close to impossible, but that never stops me. If the gamble I take pays off that’s well and good, but if it doesn’t, I take a step back, acknowledge the miscalculation on my part, analyse the situation and plan for it not to happen again. In short, I learn more from my mistakes than my victories. My impression of this quote is its ability to pull me out of the deepest and darkest pits of depression and regret, especially after taking a massive risk that doesn’t pay off. We all know how to act when we win, but very few people know what to do after losing. Read more>>

Desma | Artist & Healer

“Everything lives by eating something else.” It may sound morbid or strange but I come back to these words often when I lack perspective and take things a little too seriously (or not seriously enough!). I think I might have first heard it from an Alan Watts lecture in my late teens when I was lost on how I wanted to experience my newfound adulthood. I can’t remember the purpose of these words in his lecture, and overtime my enthusiasm for listening to Watts has faded, but the axiom aroused and continues to arouse a powerful sense of curiosity within me. Its matter-of-fact wisdom states how our material reality operates; life must feed on other life to advance. To me, this means that everything we have labeled as separate has been arbitrarily done so. Life is an interconnected process that is always subject to change. I love this axiom because it frames my existence of being human as fundamentally a part of nature itself, not something opposed to it, which is common belief in a society that feels it should dominate the natural world. Read more>>

Phoenyx Rose | International Recording Artist | Published model | Activist

One of my favorite affirmations I use in every aspect of my life. “Everything happens for a reason and for the greater good and in divine order ” Whatever the circumstance, be it seemingly less than favorable, there is always always a silver lining. A positive outcome is inevitable. It may materialize today or a little ways away. And when it does I just look up, smile and say ” THANK YOU!” There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep going! Well, I guess that’s two affirmations!. Read more>>

Destiny Griffith | Set Designer, Product Photographer, Business Woman & Creative

While seeking to follow your dreams, there are so many questions that goes on in your mind. How do I make this into a reality? How do I get people to take me seriously? Will I be successful? All these questions are the most nerve-wracking but best part about following your dreams and sticking to them. I have found myself in the depths of lows and the most highs while following my dreams. To be frank, there isn’t a guide or anyone that can teach you how to follow your path. But, there are methods that keep that drive alive. One for me is to set an affirmation for each dream I am trying to aspire to accomplish. The biggest affirmation that I have been replaying in my head as of lately, is “Keep doing what you’re doing. Keep going”. I think it is easy and normal to be afraid to put yourself out there. Honestly, it is scary to show the world you and your craft. As a creative, my craft is the most vulnerable aspect of myself. Read more>>

Jawsh Smyth | Artist & Designer

I subscribe to the affirmation: “Believe in Yourself.” It is an exceedingly common phrase that one hears often, but it still resonates with such a profound truth that I say it to myself at the beginning of every new art project or creative challenge. As an artist, the phrase reminds me to trust in my instincts and experience, in my abilities and imagination, in my taste and thoughtfulness, and in my perseverance to push through those feelings of self-doubt, cynicism or distraction that can plague any artist. I utilize this phrase to hone my concentration and to recommit to my goals and dedication to my craft and life’s work. I believe in myself as an artist. I need to. Because at the end of the day, nobody else will. Art is a discipline that is so often exploited, misunderstood or undervalued in daily American society. Then there is an economic and cultural divide between the art market and artists themselves. Read more>>

Joel Piedt | Songwriter and Producer, Carrousel

“Fail big.” Ever since 2013 I’ve had a little sign above my studio monitors where I work with those words. I love it because the fear of failure is probably the greatest deterrent to risk taking–really in any industry–but especially the arts. And I’m convinced that we can’t really make anything that will last if there’s not some serious risk involved. To open yourself, to be seen, to be flawed, to make yourself vulnerable to critique, rejection, indifference–this is the stuff of any of the work I care about. If I accept that risk from the outset, I open myself to worlds of possibility I might have otherwise overlooked. Read more>>

Bill Esparza | Musician and Writer.

It is not necessary to live, but it is necessary to travel. This quote is everything I believe about life, that without travel we are not whole. It’s why I work, and it’s why I’ve done the jobs I’ve done in my life both as a musician and a food writer. Read more>>

Steven Lee | Art Director & Photographer

Dec of 2020, right before COVID hit, I attended a photography mixer and exhibition in LA, hosted by iconic photographer Kelia Anne Maccklusky. There was a signup for one minute to talk with Kelia, and when it was my turn, she gave me a simple piece of advice that guided my perspective through my creative journey: “trust your gut.” She said that the only way she arrived at success was by not placing other people’s opinions and judgements of her work on a pedestal, and instead centering her own creative vision, and trusting that it was good. That was the only way to bring out her most authentic work. It reminded me of another suggestion from a podcast named Mouthwash, where someone advised not to stare at your mood board too long, and not to get too attached to your inspirations, because you’ll end up creating work just like them, and not your own. Read more>>

Kira Nalani | Hair and Makeup Artist, and Esthetician

“Makeup enhances your features, but does not create your beauty.” I once told a client this as I was doing her makeup for her wedding day, as she was not feeling confident about herself looking good in the photos, and it really stuck with me. Understanding that your purpose is to enhance what is already there is really important for all aspects in the beauty industry. I love my job because I get to make people realize their beauty and gain confidence they might not have otherwise had. When you look good, you feel good, and that translates into everything you do – it’s not about vanity, but simple psychology. Telling this quote to my clients always helps them realize that I cannot create their beauty, that I am just enhancing what is already theirs. Read more>>

Shanetta McDonald | Founder of Motif

My favorite quote is ‘The World Belongs To The Asker.’ Most of the time in life, we don’t what we want unless we ask for it. This deeply resonates with me because I’ve had to walk through fear of rejection and learn to be vulnerable and ask for what I want and need in pretty much every area of my life. It’s a practice. And I have to constantly remind myself that the risk of not asking is always greater than the risk of asking. Read more>>

Stephanie Galindo | Actor & Drag King

“You have to do it alone, but you don’t have to be alone”.- Dutchess Craftastic. This quote is from a friend from olympia washington. They gifted me one of their art posters when I met them and their quote has stuck with me since 2018. I say it a lot and it means that I am not alone in this world ever. Read more>>

Matt Mills | Growth and Momentum Coach

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the acknowledgment that something else is more important than the fear.” This quote has been attributed to many people including FDR, Nelson Mandela, and Ambrose Redmoon. To me, this hits at the core of everything for me. It means that no matter what we want to accomplish in our life, there will always be fear. When you take on a new endeavor, or a new challenge, fear is inevitable, so you need to determine within yourself what it is that is worth taking action on to move into that fear so that you can overcome it. Read more>>

Jun Wat | Artist & Model

My grandma taught me many things, but these words resonated with me the longest. “Never let anger, a short term emotion, ruin love, a long lasting feeling.” I remember all she lost in her life, only to give, give, and give to others. That’s what I strive to do in her honor. We’ve all fallen in life, that’s expected in this journey, but it’s how we rise through it that writes the next chapters in our books of life. I can let hate and anger consume me, or I can repurpose that energy to make something meaningful out of it. Whether it’s a documentary, whether it’s poetry, whether it’s art, as long as it spreads love, I would have honored her words and completed my goal. Read more>>

Phil Vigeant | Inventor & Business Entrepreneur

“What one man can do another can do.” from the movie “The Edge” . It always get me motivate when I face a challenge I have no idea how I will solve. Self doubt is a hard thing to overcome . Knowing other have gone before you and were able to not only survive but prosper always inspires me to take on challenge. Read more>>

Rickey Junior | Actor

One of my favorite quotes is “Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy.” Growing up in a small town in Illinois right outside of Chicago, one of my biggest dreams was to move to LA and become a working actor. I would always tell people about my hopes and dreams growing up. I kept that same energy and passion even when I moved to Atlanta for college and finished. Shortly after graduating reality set in and my dreams and aspirations were more farther than what I thought and I had no clue how I was going to make it to LA and becoming a working actor was becoming non existent. It wasn’t until I had a conversation with an undergrad mentor that set me straight. He let me know, there’s going to be obstacles and hardships but if this was something that I had the passion to do and it was worth it then go after it. And so be it I wasn’t letting nothing get in my way of accomplishing me moving to LA and becoming a working actor. Read more>>

Michael Robinson | Composer & Recording Artist

In the nineteenth century, philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.” This concept affirms my belief that music composition involves finding balance between expression and technique, a concept visited a century earlier by  Chinese poet, Tung Ch’i-Ch’an, writing about brush painting (translator unknown): “To transmit the spirit there must be form. When the form, the mind and the hand are in total accord, each forgetting the other’s separate existence, then the spirit will reside in your work.”. Read more>>

Anna Constantino | Candle Maker & Indie Small Business Owner, Mompreneur

My favorite quote or an affirmation that I always remind myself is “Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress. Stay Positive and Don’t Give Up.” I started my small candle business as a side hustle in 2018 and had so many plans and big goals for it. With almost 3 years in the business, sometimes, I felt that the progress I’ve made is too slow and too little. This affirmation is important and helps me to stay grounded and realistic. It helps me focus on how far I’ve come rather than how far I have left to go. It also motivates me to keep going and never quit. Read more>>

Afam Onyema | Co-Founder & CEO of The GEANCO Foundation, an International Nonprofit

There is a powerful piece of scripture that I hold close to my heart. I encourage people of any faith or of no faith to consider its counsel: Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord [or the World] rejoices to see the work begin. It is okay to start small. It is perfectly fine if your idea to change the world begins with trying to change one region, one community, one family, even one person. There is power, even magic, in that small germination from which mighty forest grow; that quiet spark from which blazing fires begin. For in those small beginnings lie all the propulsive power necessary for you to grow, to draw in more support, more funding, more partners, more of everything you need to accomplish your audacious, heart-warming goals. So snap the chains of inertia that cause so many transformative ideas to remain stillborn, and witness how your courage, tenacity, and faithfulness are rewarded – if not right away, then in due time. Read more>>

Ellen Ganus | Professional Networker, Actress, Producer, Speaker, Author

Success, by Emerson, is my favorite poem. “What is success? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” I believe that this poem defines success as truth, compassion, kindness and legacy, all of which are values and priorities in my life. Read more>>

Hannah Marie Muse | Erotic Educator, Feminine Muse Mentor, and Self-Love Extraordinaire

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn I love being a woman and I love being influenced by powerful, sexy, and sweet women who are creating massive change in the world. To me, this quote is a gentle reminder that it’s not about how you look but rather how you feel. It’s a quote that reminds women everywhere to embody the change of being beautiful from within and then sharing that beauty with how they show up for themselves and others. Audrey Hepburn is one of the most influential women in my life for her role in movies while also maintaining a fierce, feminine idealism of how the world can be. Read more>>

Nia Fairweather | Actress-Writer, Founder of Smith&Grace Productions

I have a list of quotes and affirmations and lean on at any given time. In this moment, two come to mind: “I am Another of Yourself” – Mayan Proverb While this wording is attributed to the Mayans, this Universal truth is echoed throughout many Indigenous cultures and Ancient practices. If there is one ancient practice/moral Law I would like to reinstate, this would be the one. I firmly believe that we [human beings] are interconnected and what one does affects the others. If everyone lived and acted from the understanding that others are an extension of themselves, many of the harmful ways of beings, oppressive systems, devastation of the planet and destructive actions linked to racism would cease to exist. “I awaken to beauty, live in elegance and become art.” – Ancient Eygptian (Kemetic) Affirmation Awakening to beauty is ‘beauty’ with a big “B”. The Beauty of Nature, all living things seen and unseen. Read more>>

Jeffrey Murray | Musician, Songwriter, & Producer

There’s a Leonard Cohen quote on songwriting that I love: “If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often. Being a songwriter is like being a nun: You’re married to a mystery.” It’s such a great quote because it doesn’t offer any advice, only solace. Every artist has the occasional run-in with divine inspiration, but mostly, being an artist is about working hard and having a routine. At least it is for me. I’m married to the mystery and it’s a pretty one-sided affair. Read more>>

Simone Reyes | Country Singer/ Activist

I recall reading the quote “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs” by Tony Gaskins and it resonated with me. I have taken great joy, for MANY years, working under entertainment mogul Russell Simmons. During those years I helped build Rush Communications, the umbrella company for Def Jam, Phat Farm, Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam, Rushcard and a slew of other successful businesses into the timeless legends they became …but that was Russell Simmons’ dream. When he very publicly stepped down from his active businesses my life took a turn and I found time (which was always in very short supply) to focus on my passion which has always been country music. That quote spoke to me and because of it I am doing what I love- making music, shooting music videos and sharing it wide. Read more>>

Derrick Wright | Martial Arts Instructor & Social Worker

My favorite quote or affirmation is, “martial arts is not just a hobby it’s a lifestyle.” I like this quote because it continously reminds me that martial arts is different from other sports or activities such as soccer, basketball, football or hockey. Not that anything is wrong with those sports. But to me, traditional martial arts can help you in every aspect of your life. Whether its mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. I’ve been practicing martial arts now for more than 30 years and teaching for approximately 25 years and one thing that has always been with me and has been consistent is martial arts. My martial arts training has helped me in different aspects in my everyday life at home, work, and school. I like the quote because most people look at martial arts as a hobby, sport or activity. Most people that practice martial arts never get past the surface. But those of us that are committed to trying to understand the deeper meaning of our martial arts training are able to develop more insight and are able to see how it correlates with everything we do. Read more>>