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Cancer isn't a happy word, and a cancer inspirational quote isn't about "happy"—it's about courage and faith.

That is what I learned from my friend Barbara when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer.  Although she had already lost her beloved husband to cancer just two years previously, her courage, faith and determination through her own journey were truly inspirational.

A cancer inspirational quote selection like ours contains many quotes that you may have heard before, and some that you haven't.  

Cancer evokes very personal reactions. These quotes may not speak to you at all. That's fine.  Look on other pages, or please submit some quote of your own. I would truly welcome them.


Life is what happens while you're making other plans. 
John Lennon 

Do not underestimate the power of treating yourself to what you
yourself believe is important.
Victoria Moran in 'Lit From Within'

Hope is like a road in the country; there wasnÂ’t ever a road, but
when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
Lin Yutang 

Spirit is that vast stillness which is behind all created things.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly
understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of
Mahatma Gandhi

Anger is the real destroyer of our good human qualities; an
enemy with a weapon cannot destroy these qualities, but anger
can. Anger is our real enemy.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

It never occurred to me to doubt myself. 
Katharine Hepburn 

Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.
St. Francis de Sales 

There is a light in this world, a healing spirit
more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
We sometime lose sight of this force
when there is suffering, and too much pain.
Then suddenly,
the spirit will emerge
through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call
and answer in extraordinary ways.
Mother Teresa

Many of us spend our whole lives
Running from feeling
With the mistaken belief
That you cannot bear the pain.
But you have already borne the pain.
What you have not done
Is feel all you are beyond that pain.
Kahlil Gibran 

Your work now is to find your fire and rekindle it - and then to
let it burn.
Oprah Winfrey 

Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Henry David Thoreau

It takes courage to grow up 
and turn out to be who you really
E. E. Cummings 

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart
don't know how to laugh either.
Golda Meir

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate
in eternity.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin 

Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and
whispers, 'Grow! Grow!'
The Talmud 

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the
astonishing Light of your own Being.

We cannot control the wind, but we have the power to adjust the sails.
Chinese Proverb 

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
Maori Proverb 

And here is my favorite quote in this section on cancer inspirational quote, by one of the people I most respect:

I know God will not give me anything I cannot handle. I just wish
He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Teresa 

Courage ... determination ... grace ... destiny ... creating our own destiny ... these and much more are all part of a cancer inspirational quote.

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It was Barbara who taught me about reaching deeply for courage in the face of cancer. She maintained a high-profile legal career, raised two children, and settled into her new marriage, all while defeating cancer.   And she looks much more beautiful now than she did before it all began.

 If you or a friend has experienced dealing with cancer, I would like to post a page with your cancer inspirational quote selection.


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