When you’re upset or feeling blah or your mood has taken a nosedive, it’s always helpful to acknowledge and accept what you’re experiencing. Maybe you sit with your frustrated feelings. Maybe you journal about them. Maybe you wallow. In short, you don’t feel well, and you let yourself not feel well. On some days.

But on other days, you might be looking for a joyful reminder, a guiding light. You might be looking for a pick-me-up or some wisdom to put life into perspective, to provide a sharper, bigger picture.

On those days, the below quotes can help. They come from Kathryn and Ross Petras’s wonderful book “Nothing is Worth More Than This Day”: Finding Joy in Every Moment, which is filled with inspiring, uplifting words from authors, artists, spiritual leaders, performers, playwrights and others.

“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

“What day is it?”

“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

“My favorite day,” said Pooh. ~ A.A. Milne

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to live it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it, and find out the truth about who you are.” ~ Anne Lamott

“Stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” ~ Milton Berle

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” ~ John Muir

“…joy in an old pencil is not absurd.” ~ May Sarton

“The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list. Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.” ~ Elizabeth Berg

“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” ~ John Lennon

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder—no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” ~ Candace Bushnell

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.” ~ Nora Ephron

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” ~ Albert Einstein

“I am grateful to those who are keepers of the groove. The babies and the grandmas who hang on to it and help us remember when we forget that here—any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.” ~ Lynda Barry

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ~ Erma Bombeck

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” ~ Iris Murdoch

“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~ Henry Miller

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.

“So it is.”

“And freezing.”

“Yes,” said Eeyore.

“However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” ~ A.A. Milne

“We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” ~ John Muir

What is your favorite quote? Why does it speak to you? 

Photo by Arthur Rutkowski.