Motivational Quotes for Social Anxiety

A list of quotes to help inspire and motivate you

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If you're struggling to overcome social anxiety disorder (SAD), it can sometimes seem like the road is all uphill. Whether you're receiving treatment for SAD or trying to overcome mild social anxiety through self-help strategies, the following inspirational quotes may help to keep you on track. Try picking your favorites, writing them down or printing them, and putting them where you can see them often.

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. ~Attributed to Carl Bard


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Attributed to Bernard Baruch


Whether you think you can or think you can'tyou are right. ~Henry Ford


The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. ~Author unknown


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


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle


If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. ~Frank A. Clark


Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. ~William James


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb


Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. ~Wayne Gretzky


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao Tzu


Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier


Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale


Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. ~Victor Kiam


I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. ~Ken Venturi


Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. ~Denis Waitley


The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Attributed to Agatha Christie and Mark Twain (Original author is unknown)


What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ​~Henry David Thoreau


What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. ~Ralph Marston


Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. ~Samuel Butler


When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Thomas Jefferson


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~C.S. Lewis


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