20 Powerful Quotes For Life In Foster Care

These are precepts to live by.

Jamie Schwandt August 24, 2017

I recently came across a phenomenal book full of wonderful precepts or rules to live by –  365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio. This book provides the reader inspirational quotes for every day of the year.

Palacio comments in the book, “I came across this wonderful line: We carry within us the wonders we seek around us. The beauty and power of that line stopped me cold, for some reason. Maybe it was exactly what I needed to hear at that particular moment in my life, a time when I was racked with indecision.

Life in foster care is extremely challenging. My hope is that these powerful quotes will serve as precepts in the life of a foster child, foster parent, or social worker. I am hoping that these are exactly what they need to hear at this moment in their life.

Moreover, I decided to turn this into a four-part series. This book is full of powerful quotes, for which I could not use them all. I reduced the list from 365 and dwindled it down to my top 80… which is still quite a few. Let’s take a look at the first set.

1. Wonders

“We carry within us the wonders we seek around us.” – Sir Thomas Browne

Important Days
2. Important Days

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

3. Incredible

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

You Think
4. You Think

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin

No Shame
5. No Shame

"There is no shame in not knowing. The shame lies in not finding out.” – Assyrian Proverb

6. Yourself

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

7. Future

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

9. Ask

“It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.” – James Thurber

10. Earth

“Give me a firm place to stand, and I will move the earth.” – Archimedes

11. Clever

“He who knows others is clever, but he who knows himself is enlightened.” – Lao Tzu

12. Real

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

13. Unknown

“Man can learn nothing unless he proceeds from the known to the unknown.” – Claude Bernard

14. Fail

“Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.” – Lloyd Jones

15. Glory

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

16. Knot

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Thomas Jefferson

17. React

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.” – Epictetus

18. Candle

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

19. Trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. Know

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Confucius

21. Right

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

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Jamie Schwandt

Dr. Jamie Schwandt (Ed.D.) is an author and former foster child. He is a TV show host, motivational speaker, lean six sigma master black belt, statistics professor, and a major in the U.S. Army. Dr. Schwandt is the author of the books Finding Your Hero (2015) and Succeeding as a Foster Child (2014). He is the host of the inspiring TV show Dreaming Big and is a fitness expert with a unique mindset for positive growth. You can find his published work here, his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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