Words of Wisdom: Inspirational Quotes

We asked patients, survivors and families for their favourite or inspiring quote that brings hope or humour on the brain tumour journey. 

Inspiring Quotes

"Though she be but little she is fierce"- William Shakespeare.

It describes our daughter who was 4 years old when she was diagnosed and has fought strong each day since then.
~ Megan, parent of a pediatric brain tumour survivor

"Faith allows things to happen. It is the power that comes from a fearless heart. And when that fearless heart believes.....miracles can happen."
~ Christianne

"I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." - Rainer Maria Rilke
~ Ange

"Life - Your living is determined not so much what life brings to you as by what you bring to your life."
~ Tina

"play to win" - Paul Keating, late husband
~ Lois

"Every day think of the 'you' factor! Your determination and your courage to beat this cancer!"- A Friend
~ Debbie

"Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God."
~ Melissa

"Fake it til you make it" and "brain tumours suck!"
~ Lois

~ Rebecca

"Never give up; even fighting brain cancer will show you amazing things about yourself, your family, your friends and people you don't know."

 "Today is all the more reason to enjoy the good times!"
~ Vicki 

""There's a cure for anything... u just need to stay strong and never be wrong."
~ Daniel

“In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips!”
~ Mikaela Zitron, Brainwave BC member 


Humourous Quotes

""Don't take life TOO seriously because we never get out of it alive!!"
~ Kathy

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro!" - Raoul Duke
~ Al

"Memory problems? Try and not be too hard on yourself!"
~ Samantha
























Please note: Words of Wisdom are direct quotes from patients, survivors and family members and are offered as insight into others' experiences with a brain tumour only. They are not meant as advice, always consult your health care team with any questions.

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