A List of Quotes to use as Mantras

Louise Hay

"I am in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing," late self-help author and positive affirmations queen Louise Hay wrote in her book You Can Heal Your Life.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

These grounding words come from Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh's book Stepping into Freedom: An Introduction to Buddhist Monastic Training"Conscious breathing is my anchor."

Ram Dass

Ram Dass, an American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author, wrote "You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing" in his book Be Love Now.

Brené Brown

Author, academic and vulnerability expert Brené Brown shared this sentiment in her 2013 bestseller Daring Greatly. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

Yrsa Daley-Ward

"Make way for the unprecedented and watch your reality rearrange yourself," poet Yrsa Daley-Ward wrote in this inspirational Instagram post.

Heather Havrilesky

Until April 2021, Heather Havrilesky was also known as "Polly," doling out wisdom in The Cut's "Ask Polly" advice column. "Open your heart and drink in the glorious day" comes from her advice book How to Be a Person in the World.

Michelle Obama

"Am I good enough? Yes I am," wrote former First Lady Michelle Obama in her New York Times bestselling memoir Becoming.

Audre Lord

“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing," wrote the prominent American poet and activist in The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde.

Tim Storey

"Your life is about to be incredible," Storey told Oprah during a 2018 SuperSoul Conversations interview.

Fred Rogers

"Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life," wrote the beloved PBS series host in his book The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember.

Glenn Close

"Your perspective is unique. It’s important and it counts,” said the Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe award-winning actress in her 2019 William & Mary commencement speech.

Ernest Hemingway

"Every day above earth is a good day," Hemingway wrote in The Old Man and the Sea.

Maya Angelou

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within," the revered author and poet said.

Eleanor Roosevelt

"You must do the things you think you cannot do," Roosevelt said, according to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

Deepak Chopra

"The secret of attraction is to love yourself," Chopra said.


In the March 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Lady O wrote, “Good riddance to decisions that don't support self-care, self-value, and self-worth."

Muhammad Ali

The late American boxing champion posted this sentiment on Twitter, echoing the iconic words Ali delivered before his 1964 world title fight against Sonny Liston. "I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was."

Jenny Han 

“I say looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody," wrote the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Beforewhich inspired the popular Netflix movie.

Marianne Williamson

"I’m better than I used to be. Better than I was yesterday. But hopefully not as good as I’ll be tomorrow," Williamson told Oprah during a 2018 SuperSoul Conversationsinterview.

Sonia Sotomayor

"I have never ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive," said Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor in an interview with NPR.

Mindy Kaling

In a 2018 commencement speech at Dartmouth, the writer, comedian and actress said, “I'm giving you permission to root for yourself and while you're at it root for those around you, too.”

Toni Morrison

"Your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny," Morrison told Rutgers University graduates during a 2011 commencement speech.

Paulo Coelho

"If you really think small, your world will be small. If you think big, your world will be big," Coelho told Oprah during a 2017 SuperSoul Conversations interview.

Elizabeth Gilbert

"Embrace the glorious mess that you are," Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love wrote in Big Magic.

Eckhart Tolle

"The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am," Tolle writes in his 2008 book, A New Earth, which made it onto Oprah's Book Club.

Cleo Wade

"Gratitude is a celebration we are all invited to," Wade wrote in Heart Talk.

Joseph Campbell

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us," Campbell said.

Audrey Hepburn

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I’m possible!'," Hepburn said.


"The only courage you ever need is the courage to fulfill the dreams of your own life," Oprah said in a 2013 episode of Oprah's Lifeclass.

Marian Wright Edelman

"Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right," Wright Edelman said.

Nicholas Sparks

"The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it," Sparks wrote in At First Sight.

Maya Angelou

"Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it," Angelou said the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.


"Everything passes if you learn to hold things lightly," Oprah said in June 2018.

Anne Gilchrist

"Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory," Gilchrist wrote.

Roald Dahl

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely," renowned children's author wrote in his book The Twits.

William Shakespeare

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet.