“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.” (Regular Musings)

I’ve collected quotes over the years, sayings and thoughts that have meant something to me at different points in my life. Many caught my attention during a critical period of self-care, while understanding how others were proving detrimental to that cause. Other quotes are just bad ass lines found in various works (fiction, poems, songs).

Anonymous / Unknown Collection

“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them.”

“When people treat you like they don’t care, believe them.”

“Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.”

“Be who you needed to be when you were younger.”

“Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak, and notice more than you realize.


“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf the Grey, Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring


“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

George R. R. Martin

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

W. B. Yeats

Has no one said those daring / Kind eyes should be more learn’d? / Or warned you how despairing / The moths are when they are burned, / I could have warned you, but you are young,  / So we speak a different tongue. – “To a Child Dancing in the Wind”

J. K. Rowling

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail be default.”

Stevie Nicks

Has anyone ever written anything for you / In all your darkest hours…

Has anyone ever given anything to you / In your darkest hours / Did you ever give it back / Well, I have / I have given that to you – “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You”

The Bug

“The rise and fall of your God will tell me the story of your city / The rise and fall of your faith will show me the things I’ve been missing / Let the game begin / Let me lose or win / Let this war begin – “The Fall”

Jane Austen

“I was quiet, but I was not blind.” Mansfield Park

Edgar Allan Poe

“If it’s meant for you, you won’t have to beg for it. You will never have to sacrifice your dignity for your destiny.”

Stephen King

“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”

Austin, Texas