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Words Have Power

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Holy Cross chapter.

As Robin Sharma once said, “Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.” With this in mind, here is a compilation of quotes that Holy Cross students chose based on each quote’s ability to reassure, inspire, or comfort.

1. “Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” — Imam Ali (Tina Y.)

2. “Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.” — W.B. Yeats (Jackie B.)

3. “What yesterday affected us strongly, is to-day but imperfectly felt, and to-morrow perhaps shall be disregarded.” — Ann Radcliffe (Evan G.)

4. “Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger thank you seem, and smarter than you think.” — A.A. Milne (Lauren A.)

5. “To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” — David Viscott (Sara M.)

6. “It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a deficit.” — Eartha Kitt (Cassie N.)

7. “There are darknesses in life and there are lights. And you are one of the lights, the light of all light.” — Bram Stoker (Tori F.)

8. “All you need is love.” — The Beatles (Annie M.)

9. “To be good and to do good is all we have to do.” — John Adams (Paige C.)

10. “Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves pitiful, and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.” —  Mandy Hale (Khorally V.)

11. “The quality of your life always depends on the quality of your relationships.” — Anthony Robbins (Micaela B.)

12. “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” — Rick Warren (Natalie S.)

13. “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” — Walt Disney (Megan A.)

14. “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” — Rainer Maria Rike (Elizabeth S.)

15. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” — Walt Disney (Allie S.)

16. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Maya Angelou (Ryan H.)

17. “If someone thinks that love and peace is just a cliché that must have been left in the sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” — John Lennon (Emily S.)

18. “Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.” — Unknown (Mary T.)

19. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.” — St. Augustine (Teresa F.)

20. “Yes horrible things do happen. Happiness, in the face of all of that, that’s not the goal. Feeling horrible and knowing that you’re not gonna die from those feelings, that’s the point.” Grey’s Anatomy (Rachel L.)

21. “I say móre: the just man justices; Kéeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces; Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is Chríst— for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men’s faces.” Gerard Manley Hopkins (Sarah D.)

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Evan Grogan

Holy Cross

Evan Grogan is a senior at the College of the Holy Cross who is studying abroad for the year at the University of St Andrews. She is an English and Art History double major and eventually hopes to attend graduate school for journalism and write for The New York Times. When Evan is not busy with school and writing for both Holy Cross' newspaper and Her Campus, she loves to read; go for runs; and spend time with her friends. She is obsessed with the color navy, rainbow sprinkles, and anything involving glitter.