The right quote can give you exactly what you need in a particular moment. You can find inspiration, a laugh, or just confirmation that you're not the only one who has ever felt the way you feel right now.
One of my favorite quotes is from an Emily Dickinson poem. I heard in a talk by a fellow Crohn's patient, and it was what I needed to hear that day:
"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops – at all—
Another favorite is from one of my father's favorite poems, "The Last Word of a Bluebird (as Told to a Child)" by Robert Frost. It gave my brothers and I much comfort after my father passed, and we read the poem at his memorial service.
But he sent her Good-by,
And said to be good,
And wear her red hood,
And look for skunk tracks
In the snow with an axe -
And do everything!
And perhaps in the spring
He would come back and sing.
And, since I'm on a roll of inspirational quotes, one of the best is the Litany Against Fear from Dune by Frank Herbert.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Do you have a favorite quote?