126 Motivational Sobriety Quotes: I Were Alcoholic!

126 Motivational Sobriety Quotes: I Were Alcoholic!
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Tripboba.com - When you are an alcoholic, being sober is something you should be proud of. Not all people can do what you have been struggling for, beating your addiction and trying something positive to fix your life, either for you or for people who always support you.

Here, inside this article, you will find 126 sobriety quotes that will give you the power for being good and to continue what you have been fighting.

Sobriety Quotes and Sayings

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Here are some sobriety quotes and sayings that can be your charger to stay sober.

  • “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” ― tom robbins

  • “And now I'm right back where I started. Sober and miserable.” ― Alyson Noel, Evermore

  • “Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.” ― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

  • “I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see the flaw in my thinking, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.” ― Heather King, Parched

  • “Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn't end there.” ― Bucky Sinister, Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos

  • “Blind, broke, jobless, and frustrated, Kevin found it difficult to get through the following few months. But he had one big thing going for him. He was sober. It was a new beginning.” ― Traci Medford-Rosow, Unblinded: One Man’s Courageous Journey through Darkness to Sight

  • “When you quit drinking you stop waiting.” ― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story

  • “I've always believed clear-eyed sobriety was for the harder hearted.” ― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

  • “There is no better high than discovery.” ― E. O. Wilson

  • “I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday's gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That's why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift... for those who are willing to receive it.” ― Ace Frehley, No Regrets: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

  • “Which is recorded of Socrates, that he was able both to abstain from, and to enjoy, those things which many are too weak to abstain from, and cannot enjoy without excess. But to be strong enough both to bear the one and to be sober in the other is the mark of a man who has a perfect and invincible soul.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • “We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole aim of our lives.” ― Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

  • “There are hours for rest, and hours for wakefulness; nights for sobriety and nights for drunkenness—(if only so that possession of the former allows us to discern the latter when we have it; for sad as it is, no human body can be happily drunk all the time).” ― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • “My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!” ― Habeeb Akande

  • “To sober up seems to many like making life “so serious,” as if seriousness precluded joy, warmth, spontaneity and fun. But there can be a delusional, blind quality to non-sober festivities. To have our eyes open soberly with all our senses and memory intact allows some of the most rewarding, soul-nourishing, and long-lasting pleasures possible.” ― Alexandra Katehakis, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

  • “I kept waiting for something bigger, something more profound, something that I could hitch myself to and be carried away once and for all to the heaven-on-earth that I deserved. I kept struggling for control, which was really a demand for everything I wanted--peace, happiness, love, perfection--all at once, right now, and for all time. I wanted life to be perfect, always. And when it wasn't, which was most of the time, I got really anxious, and when I got anxious, I started thinking about how good it would feel to get high again. ” ― William Cope Moyers

  • “Sex parties, alcohol and drugs lost their appeal to Sven after a while. Music never did, in his continual search for that sober connection--intimacy with one person over a long period of time, as opposed to periods of intimacy with a bunch of random faces.” ― Jess C. Scott, Sven

  • “We want ecstasy as a way of life, not a liver-poisoning alcoholiday from it.” ― Crimethinc, Anarchy and Alcohol

  • “Could man be drunk for ever
    With liquor, love, or fights,
    Lief should I rouse at morning
    And lief lie down of nights.
    But men at whiles are sober
    And think by fits and starts,
    And if they think, they fasten
    Their hands upon their hearts.” ― A.E. Housman, The Collected Poems
  • “I had no idea what time I’d left, how I’d gotten home, who’d been up here, and how long he, she, or they had stayed. Another night, added to the hundreds that had gone before, shrouded in mystery. Really, when you thought about it, it was creepy. My own life was a secret to me.” ― Heather King, Parched

  • “I wanted a drink. There were a hundred reasons why a man will want a drink, but I wanted one now for the most elementary reason of all. I didn't want to feel what I was feeling, and a voice within was telling me that I needed a drink, that I couldn't bear it without it. But that voice is a liar. You can always bear the pain. It'll hurt, it'll burn like acid in an open wound, but you can stand it. And, as long as you can make yourself go on choosing the pain over the relief, you can keep going.” ― Lawrence Block, Out on the Cutting Edge

  • “Just as others pray daily, you should think to yourself daily about what you can do to be closer to this Ideal Image. Think: "What can I do today to make my life better?" "What can I do to become more like my Ideal Image?” ― Bucky Sinister, Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos

  • “Was I being groomed for some special mission? What possible purpose could an existence like mine serve? When I wasn’t drinking in crappy bars, I was home by myself reading: a life that was achingly lonely, and yet perversely designed to prevent anybody from ever getting close enough to really know me.” ― Heather King, Parched

  • “And I'd started thinking about my mother's last weeks--the way she'd drifted listlessly about the house in her dressing gown, cigarettes in one hand, glass of something strong-smelling in the other. ” ― Anna Davis, Cheet

  • “...being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised.” ― Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

  • “It is the tendency of deep feeling to subdue the manner rather than to render it too energetic.” ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students

  • Instead of the boring life I had anticipated before quitting booze, my life without alcohol is where my actual living began. Nothing was as half lived, forced, sad, or redundant as an existence that required alcohol to have fun.” ― Holly Whitaker, Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol

  • “Peter Piper picked up a peck of pickled peppers.” ― Walter Tevis, The Queen's Gambit

Inspirational Sobriety Quotes

Inspirational Sobriety Quotes
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Be inspired to have a good life by reading some inspirational sobriety quotes down here.

  • “When you quit drinking you stop waiting.” ― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story

  • “Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

  • “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • “Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.” ― Pythagoras

  • “There is no better high than discovery.” ― Edward O. Wilson

  • “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

  • “I have other obligations now – the show, my family, my life… though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.” ― Rob Lowe

  • “I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… for those who are willing to receive it.” ― Ace Frehley, No Regrets: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir

  • “I’ve always believed clear-eyed sobriety was for the harder hearted.” ― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

  • “The thing is, if I don’t have sobriety, I don’t have anything.” ― Matthew Perry

  • “First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety.” ― David Brainerd

  • “I think it’s important for me to show the world that sobriety hasn’t made me soft. I’m on a mission to prove I’m still a nutcase.” ― Steve-O

  • “There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety.” ― Mary Karr

  • “There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.” ― John Ciardi

  • “My main focus in sobriety has been to replace fear with faith or love.” ― Steve-O

  • “Perfect reason flees all extremity, and leads one to be wise with sobriety.” ― Moliere

  • ”Sobriety and health is the greatest thing.” ― Jeff Bridges

  • “I’ve been sober now for a couple of years and I’m taking my sobriety very seriously – one day at a time and I am moving forward in my career.” ― Daniel Baldwin

  • “You can’t legislate sobriety.” ― Robert Zemeckis

  • “Everything must be carried out in extreme sobriety.” ― Gabriele Nanni

  • “I’m pretty confident about my sobriety, but I don’t want to get too confident because that’s when I’ll crash.” ― Mary Docter

  • “I have raised the morals and sobriety of the people.” ― James Larkin

  • “I keep telling people: Don’t make me the poster boy for AA because I don’t know a lot about sobriety, but I do know a lot about drinking.” ― Billy Joel

  • “Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.” ― Gary Oldman

  • “People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.” ― Tom Arnold

  • “Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.” ― Jean Kerr

  • “There’s not a drug on earth can make life meaningful.” ― Sarah Kane

  • “The initial journey towards sobriety is a delicate balance between insight into one’s desire for escape and abstinence from one’s addiction.” ― Debra L. Kaplan

  • “Waking up clean and sober is the first gift of every day.” ― Anonymous

  • “We want ecstasy as a way of life, not a liver-poisoning alcoholiday from it.” ― CrimethInc., Anarchy and Alcohol

  • “Hit the bottom and get back up; or hit the bottle and stay down.” ― Anthony Liccione

  • “Getting sober is a radically creative act.” ― Meredith Bell, A Sober Year: Daily Musings on an Alcohol-Free Life

  • “I wrote this book to show you that a cure is entirely possible because I’ve seen it happen over and over again.” ― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

  • “I lived to be forgotten because I’d forgotten how to live.” ― Joseph Meyering Sr.

Funny Sobriety Quotes

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Find your favorite sobriety quotes which can make you laugh so hard.

  • “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

  • “Sobriety is a lot like Pizza. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty damn good.”- Unknown

  • “My Blood type used to be whiskey negative, now it’s sober positive!”- Unknown

  • “Sponsoring yourself is like having an asshole for a sponsor!”- Unknown

  • ”I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. Winston Churchill

  • ”Being sober on a bus is, like, totally different than being drunk on a bus. Ozzy Osbourne

  • ”Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover. Ashwin Sanghi

  • ”The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober. William Butler Yeats

  • ”Go away! I'm too sober to deal with you.”

  • ”I wish I didn't have to be sober to celebrate my soberity.”

  • ”Definition of SOBER: Son Of a Bitch, Everything is Real!”

  • ”I don;t pretend to be anything I am  not, except for sober. I've pretended to be sober a few times.”- Unknown

  • ”On the bright side, I am not addicted to cocaine.”- Unknown

  • ”I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library. F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • ”Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

  • ”The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. William James

  • ”I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: 'Wait a minute - if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?' And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk. Craig Ferguson

  • ”We're sober now, and we all have families and obligations of being senior citizens. Oh, that's hard to say. We have grown-up responsibilities. We used to all live in the same car. Joe Walsh

  • ”The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought. Martin Van Buren

  • ”'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.' Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • ”The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. George Bernard Shaw

  • ”What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober. Kenneth Tynan

  • ”The Italian duo Dumbo Gets Mad specializes in psychedelics for the sober, bringing experimentation together with detailed pop songwriting. Anthony Fantano

Sobriety Anniversary Quotes

Sobriety Anniversary Quotes
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Check some of the sobriety quotes you can use as greetings and wishes on the sobriety anniversary.

  • ”Keep expecting miracles! You are one of my favorite miracles!”- Unknown

  • “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” - C.S. Lewis

  • ”Happy Soberversary!”- Unknown

  • ”I love watching you become who you're meant to be. Growth and progress, not perfection.”- Unknown

  • ”Sobriety is your superpower!”- Unknown

  • ”Today is another amazing day to be grateful. I'm grateful for the wonderfully imperfect but lovable sober person you've become!”- Unknown

  • ”Congratulations on this anniversary of quitting! I hope to celebrate more with you in the future because I am not planning on ever quitting on our friendship.”- Unknown

  • ”I know you aren't supposed to get overly confident now that you've had some success, so I'll just tell you that you've done a great job letting yourself be helped and working the steps.”- Unknown

  • ”This is a nice stop on your journey to remind you how far you've come and where you're headed.”- Unknown

  • ”We're acknowledging the time you've reclaimed in your life, so congratulations on time well-spent.”- Unknown

  • ”I have appreciated your friendship for a long time now, but I am especially grateful for the commitment you've made to stay sober in order to be the great friend you are.”- Unknown

  • ”Never quit quitting!”- Unknown

  • ”I look to you for inspiration all the time, and this anniversary of your sobriety is no exception. Congratulations on your huge milestone!”- Unknown

  • ”I'm happy that you're exactly where you should be right now. You're important to me right where you are.”- Unknown

  • ”Let's celebrate your years of sobriety! Your accomplishments amaze me. Think of all that you've done since your sober birthday.”- Unknown

  • ”You've been blessed with an opportunity to share the message of recovery and hope to others.”- Unknown

  • ”For Specific Amounts of Time”- Unknown

  • ”24 hours: You've done what everyone in recovery has done today. You've taken one day at a time and you've made it to the next day! Now do it again!”- Unknown

  • ”30 days: 30 days is no joke. You've come a long way since a month ago, and you still have so much bright future ahead of you. Keep on going!”- Unknown

  • ”60 days: Two months down! You're on a roll. Congratulations on your sustained sobriety!”- Unknown

  • ”90 days: One quarter of a year has gone by in your sobriety. We are happy to celebrate this moment with you on your journey!”- Unknown

  • ”6 Months: You have reclaimed half a year of your life back from substance use. I'm honored to congratulate you on your half-year of recovery.”- Unknown

  • ”1 Year: There is perhaps no recovery anniversary more exciting that one year! Don't let the excitement fade at any point over the next year. Every day is another small step in the right direction.​ May your next 365 bring you much happiness and fulfillment.”- Unknown

  • ”18 months: You're halfway from your first year to your next year. Way to stay the course! Each day will add up quickly and we'll be celebrating again soon!”- Unknown

  • ”5 Years: Your old life may be starting to fade into the background as you've distanced yourself. I'm so happy to be here to congratulate you on the drastically different life you've built in recovery. Five years is a big deal!”- Unknown

Congratulations on Sobriety Quotes

Congratulations on Sobriety Quotes
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Be a good supporter for everyone who trying to be sober. Congratulate them with some of these sobriety quotes.

  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”- Unknown

  • “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”- Unknown

  • ”“The first step to getting anywhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are.”- Unknown

  • ”You know I'm there for you when you screw up, but I enjoy it a lot more when you include me in occasions like this!”- Unknown

  • ”'One day at a time,' just like how you have to approach your friendship with me.​

  • ”Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • ”I'm proud to call you my friend and proud of your accomplishment!”- Unknown

  • ”Today marks the important day you chose to keep making the right decision all this time.”- Unknown

  • ”You are one of my favorite success stories. The story gets better and better the longer it goes. Keep up the great work!”- Unknown

  • ”You're a work-in-progress, just like I am. Our friendship is also a work-in-progress, but I love it.”- Unknown

  • ”Your humility reminds me to keep my own pride under control. Congratulations on staying humble through such an amazing run of sobriety!”- Unknown

  • ”Sometimes you can only find heaven by slowly backing away from hell.” — Carrie Fisher

  • ”The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

  • ”Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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

These are all sobriety quotes that can give a big motivation for someone who is in a hard time being sober. A bright clear future will await when we are starting to be sober and thinking about the future with a clear mind.


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