Quotes to Help the Life Journey With Parkinson’s

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” Bob Riley

“Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope.” Charles Dickens

Précis: About once a year, I have a blog post dedicated to quotes, words worth reading. Hopefully, some of these quotes can smooth out your path with Parkinson’s, especially at a given time when something may be off or not working well for you (that is when I need them the most)..

Here are the topics/categories of the quotes:
Motivational Quotes to Exercise
Medicine and Education
Mindfulness with Thích Nhất Hạnh
Golf and Parkinson’s


  1. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis
  3. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” Unknown
  4. “Keep swinging.” Hank Aaron
  5. “It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own
  6. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn
  7. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Michael Jordan
  8. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
  9. “It is no fun living with Parkinson’s. However, as long as I have breath in my lungs and blood in my veins, I will start each day with renewed persistence to take on my disorder.” Frank C. Church


  1. “Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” Roy T. Bennett
  2. “While I breathe, I hope (Dum spiro spero).” South Carolina State Motto
  3. “To the sick, while there is life there is hope. [Lat., Aegroto dum anima est, spes est.]” Marcus Tullius Cicero
  4. “When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” Pittacus Lore
  5. “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James A. Baldwin
  6. “Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.” Samuel Johnson
  7. “Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.” Herman Melville
  8. “Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.” Francis of Assisi
  9. “To me, hope is a source of clarity. If you remain hopeful, there’s a strong likelihood that you will succeed in your endeavors.” Frank C. Church


  1. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank
  3. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon
  4. “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
  5. “Vision without action is a daydream.” Japanese Proverb
  6. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle
  7. “To be rather than to seem (Esse Quam Videri).”  State of North Carolina Motto
  8. “There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.” Terry Pratchett
  9. “May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.” Chuck Palahni
  10. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  11. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” Bruce Lee
  12. “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie
  13. “Working hard to maintain control over your disorder gives you renewed strength, positivity, and hope for the future.” Frank C. Church


  1. “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” Roy T. Bennett
  2. “May the gratitude in my heart kiss all the universe.” Hafez
  3. “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” Neale Donald Walsch
  4. “It’s OK to not be OK, as long as you don’t stay that way.” Anonymous
  5. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” T. Roosevelt
  6. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
  7. “You are still in charge of the script of your life. Your task is to compose the most hopeful and helpful storyline and then live it the way you want.” Frank C. Church


  1. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Marthe Troly-Curtin
  2. “Go to bed with dreams, wake up with a purpose.” Unknown
  3. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Chris Grosser
  4. “Have courage and be kind.” Kyle Boureston
  5. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” African proverb
  6. “Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.” Henry A. Kissinger
  7. “Problems are guidelines, not stop signs!” Robert H. Schuller
  8. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain
  9. “The journey we are taking will follow many different paths; trust your heart in making major decisions on which way to turn.”  Frank C. Church


  1. “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Henry James
  2. “Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Roy T. Bennett
  3. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius
  4. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.” Groucho Marx
  5. “You are a lot better than you probably think you are.” William Walter
  6. ”Self-determination paves the way for your journey forward. Stay hungry for life, and all will feel your health and happiness.” Frank C. Church

Motivational Quotes to Exercise:

  1. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Muhammad Ali
  2. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” Jerry Rice
  3. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Unknown
  4. “Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.” Unknown
  5. “Create healthy habits, not restrictions.” Unknown
  6. “It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape.” Kerri Walsh Jennings
  7. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda
  8. “Promise yourself a day, like today, with some strenuous exercise (both body and brain). Just do it for the good of you.” Frank C. Church

Medicine and Education:

  1. “All that I am, I am because of my mind.” Paavo Nurmi
  2. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” Aristotle
  3. “Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou
  4. “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” Epictetus
  5. “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”Wilhelm Von Humboldt
  6. “Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” Carol Welch
  7. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison
  8. “Only by understanding the wisdom of natural foods and their effects on the body, shall we attain mastery of disease and pain, which shall enable us to relieve the burden of mankind.” William Harvey
  9. “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”Socrates
  10. “Look to the nervous system as the key to maximum health.” Galen
  11. “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Hippocrates
  12. “Your career path may be like walking on a sandy beach during a windy day at high tide. You may stumble and have a challenging walk, but focus on finding your way, trust your instinct, and maintain the pace. With time and effort, you will clear the beach and find success at work.” Frank C. Church

Mindfulness with Thích Nhất Hạnh:

  1. “Because you are alive, everything is possible.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  2. “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  3. “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  4. “Our own life has to be our message.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  5. “In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  6. “Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  7. “The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  8. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  9. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” Thích Nhất Hạnh
  10. “The current moment was a gift to you. Your life is composed of many such moments. Be mindful of this time. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Live it fully.” Frank C. Church

Golf and Parkinson’s:

  1. “After hitting 150 golf balls at Birkdale golf course driving range yesterday, this is what I can conclude about the game of golf: The difference between a terrific golf shot and a terrible golf shot can be a subtle change in swing mechanics. Furthermore, ball-club-body position and many other minuscule differences in how the golf club contacts the golf ball determines both its flight and fate. Although occasionally it can be annoying, golf is truly an amazing and wonderful sport.” Frank C. Church
  2. “Golf can provide cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, flexibility, balance and coordination, and there is a cognitive component. As a form of exercise, golf is truly a microcosm of how-to-live-your-life.” Frank C. Church
  3. “Many people think of golf as a passive sport that doesn’t offer much in terms of physical fitness.  Golf actually provides cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility, balance and coordination.  As a form of exercise, here are some benefits of playing golf for managing Parkinson’s: (a)  tremendous benefit for balance; (b) positive effect for range of motion; (c) increase in lateral flexibility; (d) walking 18 holes of golf is ~5 miles; (e) provides strength training; (f) great way to exercise your brain (concentration); and (g) golf is relaxing and fun.” Frank C. Church
  4. “Golf and Parkinson’s- A game for life: Parkinson’s is insidious and primarily presents as a movement disorder; it advances with indifferent ‘baby-steps’ that slowly evolves over many years. Until a cure for Parkinson’s is reported, exercise is an essential life-advancing-salve to help shield you from your disorder.  There are so many positive benefits to exercise; for someone with Parkinson’s, exercise is even more life-preserving and health-affirming.” Frank C. Church
  5. “Find an exercise that works for you, and embrace its health benefits. Use exercise to provide a neuroprotective net over your Parkinson’s. Stay active. Remain dedicated. Be strong. Strive for health and happiness. Keep going. Don’t ever lose hope.” Frank C. Church

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” Doctor Who

Cover Photo Image by Joachim Thiemann from Pixabay

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