Quotes and Words

“Your body is the house you grew up in. How dare you try to burn it to the ground?”

– Sierra Demulder

“The problem is that you don’t just choose recovery. You have to keep choosing recovery, over and over again. You have to make that choice 5-6 times each day. You have to make that choice even when you really don’t want to. It’s not a single choice and it’s not easy.”

– Marya Hornbacher

“I am spinning the threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world.
I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was the hardest.
I wanted to swallow the bitter seed of forgetfulness. Somehow I dragged myself out of the dark and asked for help.
I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape.
There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upwards; and easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”

– Laurie Halse Anderson

“This is one piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.”

– Murakami

“Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Giving up, accepting your failure, refusing to try again does!”

– Unknown

“Above all be the Heroine of your life, not the victim.”

– Nora Ephron

“You aren’t a monster. It’s what took over you that is.”

– Unknown

“You should never give yourself the chance to fall apart because, when you do, it becomes a tendency and it happens over and over again. You must practise staying strong instead.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“Why do you live in your body like you will be given another? As if it were temporary. You starve it, you let anyone touch it, you berate it. Tell it that it should be completely different. You tug at your soft flesh, wish it thinner, with it gone. You fall in love with those who praise the way it sighs under their hands, but who praises the way it holds up your weight, even when you are falling apart?”

– Warson Shire

“There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are. You want one and I want one, but there isn’t one. It comes in bits and pieces and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and there are holes, and you are a ragdoll, invented, imperfect, and yet you are all that you have….so you must be enough. There is no other way.”

– Marya Hornbacher

“Anorexia is a parasite. Not your friend.”

– Unknown

“Real strength is having the courage to fight the disease that is sucking the life out of you.”

– Unknown

“What you persist in doing gets easier. The task hasn’t change, but your ability to do it has increased.”

– Unknown

“Learn to speak with words. Not a number on a scale.”

– Unknown

“There is an incredible loss. There is profound grief. And there is, in the end, after a long time and more work than you ever thought possible; a time when it gets easier. There is, in the end, the letting go.”

– Marya Hornbacher

“Refuse to lose. Refuse to be defeated. Refuse to regret. Will you accomplish your goals or pretend your life is changing when you know it’s not? A wonderful world awaits.”

– Unknown

“The enemy doesn’t stand a chance when it’s victim decides to survive.”

– Unknown

“Repeat after me: I am stronger than this challenge, And this challenge is making me stronger.”

– Unknown

“You’re perfect exactly as you are. Your curves, words, flaws, strengths, thoughts. You don’t need to change. You aren’t fat, ugly, stupid or worthless. You are you.”

– Unknown

“Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”

– Unknown

“Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself.”

– Unknown

“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the spector of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.”

– Higden

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