43 Inspirational Quotes About Healing To Help You Through Your Journey

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We all have something (maybe even several things) in our lives that wounded us. When the damage from these blows feels irreparable, these inspirational quotes about healing will help you keep your chin up through the tough times.

As beautiful as life can be or as invincible as we may feel at times, obstacles and challenges can knock us down with swift and brute force. It’s incredibly intimidating to face the path of recovery when it looks endlessly long and winding, but that doesn’t mean that recovery is unattainable.

While everyone has a different story, we can find solidarity in the fact that all humans suffer. Many, many people can and do pull themselves out of their moments of darkness, and I created a list of quotes from those that have survived and thrived to show the possibilities of rediscovering the light.

Inspirational Quotes About Healing

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It is an arduous journey, so when you’re in need of encouragement look at this list for some empathy and inspiration. We are all capable of healing.

1. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” — Rumi

Allow it to come in.

2. “The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.” — Nicholas Sparks

Face what you’re going through. Examination could help you through it.

3. “The soul is healed by being with children.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

They are joyful and can be surprisingly insightful.

4. “Change, like healing, takes time.” — Veronica Roth

The pain won’t magically disappear.

5. “Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.” — Jennifer Brown

You do have time. 

6. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” — Marianne Williamson

Your energy has an echo. Will it be a scream or a song?

7. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” — Frida Kahlo

Take manageable steps. They’ll get you to where you need to be.

8. “We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” — Marcel Proust

You cannot fix what you ignore.

9. “A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” — Aberjhani

There is light beyond the darkness.

10. “The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.” — Robert James Waller

We are designed to heal.

11. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” — Robert Brault

Forgiveness is for your own relief.

12. “You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds...Claim and consciously use your power.” — Louise L. Hay

You are in control of your life, even if it feels like you’ve lost it.

13. “Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me, they are proof of the fact that there is healing.” — Linda Hogan

It’s all about perspective.

14. “A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

Take a vacation to your imagination.

15. “It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering.” — Amy Green

Forgive, but never forget.

16. “We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” — S. Kelley Harrell

You’d be surprised at how well others can understand and empathize.

17. “No one heals himself by wounding another.” — St. Ambrose

We can uplift each other instead of dragging each other down.

18. “Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.” — R.D. Laing

Avoidance only makes matters worse.

19. “It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” — Barack Obama

We must respect and encourage, not scrutinize and degrade.

20. “Everybody’s damaged. It’s just a question of how badly, and whether you’re healing or still bleeding.” — Angela N. Blount

We can learn from others who are in different parts of their journeys than us.

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21. “But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.” — Robert Uttaro

There is a lot of evil, but there is that much more light.

22. “Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing.” — Sharon Salzberg

Smell those roses!

23. “Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” — Vironika Tugaleva

Feel your feelings and you can better deal with them.

24. “There is a comfort in knowing that you don’t have to pretend anymore, that you are going to do everything within your power to heal.” — Ellen Bass

First, you must accept your problems, and then you can solve them.

25. “The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you’re talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.” — Cheryl Strayed

Try sharing and you could see that knowing look.

26. “Instead of saying ‘I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues’ say ‘I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.’” — Horacio Jones

Reframing holds a lot of power.

27. “Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” — Joshua Kai

How can you look at things differently?

28. “Stories that rise from deep suffering can provide the most potent remedies for past, present, and even future ills.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Learn from your pain.

29. “The ache will always be there, but the intensity will fade, and you’ll find other beautiful things to fill your days with.” — Lang Leav

Things don’t just disappear, but they do constantly change.

30. “Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.” — Allan Lokos

Accept the flow and it will carry you with grace.

31. “In every pain and joy lie the makings of our next awakening.” — Michael Brant DeMaria

Everything is either a blessing or a lesson.

32. “The point of healing is not to return to a place where everything is perfect. Instead, it is to begin to develop the ability to respond to what’s imperfect.” — Brianna Wiest

There is no going back, but forward is so much brighter.

33. “Healing begins with awareness, understanding, and action.” — Diane Metcalf

Accept, analyze, adapt.

34. “Repaired objects hold even more beauty as the restoration becomes part of the object’s history.” — Ana Johns

Character is much more interesting than perfection.

35. “Liberation is not about win or lose. It is about when you choose.” — Keith Anthony Blanchard

Stagnation is easy, but change is freeing.

36. “One way to heal is through storytelling. It is stories that get you through and bring you home.” — Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Own your story by telling your story.

37. “This is where I am, so I give myself to here.” — Donna Goddard

Let yourself be present. You cannot change the past, and the future has not yet arrived.

38. “Pretending not to be hurt isn’t healing. If you want to HEAL from it, you have to DEAL with it.” — Steve Maraboli

You can fool others, but you cannot fool yourself.

39. “Passion is the quality that has the power to switch the manifest form from destructive feedback loops into feedback loops of healing.” — Georgi Y. Johnson

Set intentions and go after them.

40. “Some people go to the gym to get more attractive physically, I’ve chosen to study the past and patterns I was trapped into. It is more about dropping than lifting weight.” — Alain Bremond-Torrent

Exercise your mind and it will get stronger and more flexible.

41. “Learn to read symptoms not only as problems to be overcome but as messages to be heeded.” — Gabor Maté 

Listen to your body, it’s trying to tell you what it needs.

42. “I wish everyone some healing, including myself. We experience so much trauma in this world.” — Mitta Xinindlu

No one is exempt from the hardships of life.

43. “As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.” — Maya Angelou

Tell your story, spread your wisdom.

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Colleen Fogarty is a writer who covers self-care, astrology, and relationship topics.