Ten Inspirational Quotes to Help You Quit Smoking

Aphorisms for Your Ex-Smoker’s Soul Series

Aphorisms are brief, but concise statements that may reveal a universal truth or a different way of looking at things. They can be old wives’ tales, ancient proverbs, classic or modern adages, memorable sayings, and common tropes or cliches. The aphorisms that have the most impact on how people think, feel and behave are the hilarious anecdotes and inspirational quotes from famous celebrities and respected thought leaders in the world.

Part I: Ten Inspirational Quotes to Help You Quit Smoking

Motivate yourself or someone you know into completely quitting cigarettes with these ten inspirational quotes.


“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

Don’t dilly-dally in making the final decision to never light up a cigarette again. Don’t think about smoking that last cigarette. Pretty soon, you have let a day go by, and then it’s a week and going into a month or year, and you still haven’t stopped smoking.


“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

This is similar to what has been said before, but this time there is a determination to make the first move and not wait for the day inspiration comes. After all, success is 99% perspiration and only 1% inspiration.

It will hurt. It will take time.

“It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s worth it.”

Don’t be afraid to face the pain and misery of going “cold turkey.” The purpose of switching to vaping is to minimize the ill effects of stopping your habit of smoking cigarettes. Vaping is the same as using nicotine replacement therapy products, such as the transdermal patch or chewing gum, but with a glaring difference: e-cigarette use is self-regulated delivery of nicotine to the body through inhalation.


“Gift your lungs fresh air not tar. Gift your body exercise not bad health. Gift your lips kisses not cigarette butts. Gift yourself a life not death.”

Probably, no advice is clearer than this. It’s a straightforward critique of cigarette use.


“Some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress is progress.”

It’s not magic. It’s not going to happen in an instant. Even when go “cold turkey” on smoking, quitting still takes time. It also requires a lot of sacrifice. But, one thing that’s going to motivate you is the idea that any progress you see whether it’s fast or slow, is still progress. It’s a sign that you are changing and that you’re one step closer to quitting smoking for good.


“Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.”

In relation to the preceding adage, this saying pushes you to make an effort in improving yourself and implementing a few changes in your lifestyle each day. Smoking one less cigarette than your usual rate is a good example.


“Just because you don’t see results after a day or even a week, don’t give up. You may not see changes, but every smart choice you make is affecting you in ways you’d never imagine.”

Don’t be discouraged when you fail to notice any changes in your attempts at stopping your smoking habit. Patience and perseverance are the key to finally reveling in the fruits of your labor.

You can do this. One day at a time.

“Sometimes, you fall off the wagon for months. Sometimes, you tell yourself you’re gonna start fresh on Monday and by Wednesday, you’ve already fallen back. Sometimes, you have to restart a 100 times and it’s frustrating. But, it will be okay. You can do this. One day at a time.”

Don’t be afraid of failure. It’s more common than you think. Many people give up after they fail to quit their habit for the first time. Don’t be like them. You may fall off the wagon for a short time and make as many attempts at quitting as a hundred or so times, but never give up on your goals.

People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals.

“People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals. That is, goals that do not inspire them.”

Anthony Robbins seem to know how inefficient people can be when it comes to goal-setting. Don’t just think about what you want to happen. Think about how you plan to make that goal happen in real life. Choose a goal that inspire you. This is especially true for goals you can visualize happening to you right now. For instance, imagine how much better it would be if you took long, slow puffs as you smoked until you finished only five instead of ten sticks of cigarettes.


“Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.”

It’s an either-or thing. You either grin and bear it as you deal with nicotine withdrawal or you give up and risk developing a respiratory disease, or worse, receive an advanced cancer diagnosis. The pain you experience during nicotine withdrawal won’t be as bad as the pain of going through the last stages of lung cancer.

These are the first ten aphorisms you’ll encounter in this new series of motivational quotes and testimonials. Use these to enervate you and drive you to accomplish your personal health goals. Watch out for the second set of sayings and anecdotes from real-life ex-smokers who successfully reduced or quit their nicotine addiction using personal vaporizers.


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