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40 inspirational quotes for caregivers

Lauren Garcia
May 24, 2018

If you know the selfless, rewarding life of caring for another person, then you also know how heavy things can get — and that's true no matter whether you're a family member caring for a loved one, or a professional caregiver working with a patient. Sometimes, just a kind word of support can help us rise above caregiver burnout.

Whether you're a family caregiver or a paid professional, caring for others can take its toll.  We’re at our best when we’re thinking positively, and these inspirational quotes can give you just the boost of support you need to keep going.

  1. “There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” ― Rosalyn Carter
     

  2. “My caregiver mantra is to remember: The only control you have is over the changes you choose to make.” ― Nancy L. Kriseman, The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey
     

  3. “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” ― Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful
     

  4. “Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.” — Wayne Dyer, motivational speaker and author
     

  5. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker
     

  6. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” — Irish proverb
     

  7. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only robs today of its joy.” — Leo Buscaglia, author, professor, motivational speaker
     

  8. “Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.”— from poem “Sometimes” by U.S. Senator Cory Booker
     

  9. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama
     

  10. “It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne, singer
     

  11. “Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” — Mason Cooley
     

  12. “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.” — Chogyam Trungpa
     

  13. “If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” ― Amy Tan
     

  14. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
     

  15. “Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” — Les Brown
     

  16. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
     

  17. “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” — Emory Austin
     

  18. “God gave burdens; he also gave shoulders.” — Yiddish Proverb
     

  19. “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” — Mother Teresa
     

  20. “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” ― Tia Walker, from The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
     

  21. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia, author
     

  22. “Kindness can transform someone's dark moment with a blaze of light. You'll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree, author
     

  23. “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” ― Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love
     

  24. "And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together." ― Robert Fulghum, author
     

  25. "A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside." ― Denis Waitley, author
     

  26. "No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?" ― Lee Iacocca, businessman
     

  27. "Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness." ― Rollo May, psychologist
     

  28. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ― Lao Tzu, philosopher
     

  29. "Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.” ― Thomas Merton, Trappist monk
     

  30. “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” ― Margaret Mead, anthropologist
     

  31. “Caregivers attract caregivers and live in a community of love. They are energized by their caring, fulfilled, and they love life.” ― Gary Zukav, author
     

  32. "Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness." ― Harold Kushner, Rabbi
     

  33. “The simple act of caring is heroic.” - Edward Albert, actor
     

  34. “One person caring about another represents life's greatest value.” — Jim Rohn, author
     

  35. "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." — Michael J. Fox, actor
     

  36. “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” — G. K. Chesterton
     

  37. “You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live.” — Joan Baez
     

  38. “Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.” — Robert H. Schuller
     

  39. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” — Bernice Johnson Reagon
     

  40. "Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” — Les Brown

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Comments
User in Massillon, OH
Sept. 23, 2018

Love to read these quotes over and over. Makes my heart warm

User in Stuart, FL
Sept. 22, 2018

Very encouraging to hear all the positive remarks

I have an interview this afternoon. I can truly use some of these quotes. Very encouraging.

User in Elizabeth, NJ
Aug. 17, 2018

These were inspirational. I enjoyed reading them!

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