Plain sailing is not an expression anyone would use for surgery. Surgery is a journey that people embark on at the advice of medical professionals, braving the perilous waters of medical complication for a future that is free from the bonds of ill health. Before surgery, many feel nervous, and rightfully so: it is not a procedure to take likely. Though the odds of complications are low, they are still present. In times like these quotes–short snappy snippets of wisdom–can bring comfort, inspire hope, and remind us: we are never alone.
Preparing for Surgery
“The best day of your life can be the worst if you don’t plan it.”
Just like the saying, a cup is half full or half empty, surgery day can be easier depending on how you view it.
Making a list of things to do or see after your surgery will help keep you busy and feeling hope about what life will be like after your recovery. I hope that you can find comfort knowing that there are so many people who have gone through the same thing as you and they were able to make a full recovery.
Quotes of Comfort and Strength
The morning has finally arrived. Excitement and anxiety begin to dance as the time draws near for your surgery. There are no words that can describe what you’re feeling right now; the only thing you can do is push through and maybe try focusing on the following quotes which can provide comfort and strength.
“Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.”
Jane Austin: Author of Pride and Prejudice, a novel best known for being mandatory reading in high school english classes. Her wisdom is timeless. As we hope for the best, and inevitably prepare for the worst, there comes a certain point where worrying becomes useless. If you have prepared for the worst, there is nothing to be afraid of.
“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”
Emily Dickenson is one of the towering figures in the American poetic tradition. During her lifetime only ten of her some 1,800 poems were published. Her poetry was revolutionary, but her advice about love, death, and hope, is timeless.
J. K. Rowling
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
J. K. Rowling is the author of the ubiquitous Harry Potter series. A series that deals with teenagers in a time of social upheaval. While the themes of death and uncertainty are prominent, the central theme is simple: there really is nothing to fear from the unknown.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angalou is an american poet. Born in 1928, her works discuss the complex topics of racism, identity, family, and travel. Her words of wisdom are honest: comfort is always appreciated, no matter the source.
E. B. White
“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
E. B. White is the author of Charlotte’s Web. With a career that was built upon being a columnist in The New Yorker, he wrote prolifically and often.
Quotes of Hope and Encouragement
There’s nothing more comforting and consoling than the hope that tomorrow will be better — even in the most difficult times. In fact, when life is at its lowest, it can feel as if things will never get better. It seems like hope has been extinguished. But hope is one of the few things that lives on despite our struggles.
“Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Dylan Thomas is best known for his poem Do not go gentle into that good night. It is a poem about hope. Hope when the odds are not in our favour, about holding on to that hope when everything tells us that we are wrong. While we may not be desperate when we go to surgery, it is so often that we worry, panic, and think “oh no” and forget that we have the one thing that triumphs over all: hope.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson is another American poet. He speaks from the nineteenth century: the age of the abolition of slavery, an age of social reform; and his words are eminently applicable today. We cannot let the past, and our regret, steal the hope of our future, and our actions of the present.
“Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it and to fight for it.”
Barack Obama is the former US president, a politician that dealt with hope. He was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, and the first black president of the United States. Hope is a constant theme of his speeches, for with hope, everything is possible.
“Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.”
Writing from the 17th century, and the british civil war, Cowley touches on the healing abilities of hope. It doesn’t take much, and it won’t always work miracles. But hope allows us to wake up to a new day, and fearlessly accomplish what is needed.
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.”
Lin Yutang was a Chinese novelist and translator. Living in both the east and the west, he travelled widely. Hope allows us to do that which we otherwise couldn’t, it provides the energy to move on when all seems lost. Hope is something that we must hold on to as far as possible.
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Short snappy advice to keep us going.
Quotes help us through our hardest times. They are the advice of ages past, and the advice of those whose experiences are both greater and more distant to ours. When one is preparing for a momentous occasion such as surgery, quotes help us maintain hopeful, and they comfort us.