Carrie Fisher will forever be famous for her legendary performance as Princess Leia, and later General Leia, in the Star Wars franchise. This is a role that inspired people around the world. But Carrie Fisher didn’t just inspire people on screen. She also inspired people off screen with her candor and openness about her struggles with addiction. While her death was tragic, the words she spoke about her recovery from addiction help people every day find the strength to fight for a better life and will continue to help people for years to come.

Carrie Fisher – Recovery and Quotes

“I’m proud of myself that I’ve been able to get through this stuff, and I’ve been able to — I can’t overcome it, but I can use it. … I have problems, problems don’t have me.”
– Carrie Fisher, 2009

Recovery Quotes From Famous People

While Carrie Fisher may be one of the most famous people to speak openly about her struggle with, and eventual success against, addiction, she is far from the only. Many people have valiantly fought against addiction and succeeded. Their words reveal both how they were able to find the strength to do so and simultaneously offer support and hope to those who currently struggle with addiction.

  • “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
    – Charlotte Brontë
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  • “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  • “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.”
    – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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  • “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
    – Henry Ford
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  • “I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.”
    – Robert Downey Jr.
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  • “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
    – Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.”
    – Alice Miller
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  • “Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”
    – Gary Oldman
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  • “The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.”
    – Somerset Maugham
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  • “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
    -Frank Scully
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  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
    – Winston Churchill
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  • “When everything seems like an uphill struggle, think of the view from the top”
    – Unknown

Closing Thoughts – Recovery Quotes

What all of these quotes have in common is that they were spoken or written by someone who understood addiction because they suffered from it at least once (often multiple times) in their life. Every person above knew what it was like to lose the battle against addiction before they finally found a path to success. That is what make these quotes truly inspirational. They aren’t simple witticisms created by someone who doesn’t really understand the struggle. Rather, they are pearls of wisdom created by the pressure of repeated failures before finally achieving success.