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Quotations: Coping Statements

2 Healthy Options for Coping


Coping Develops by Practicing Coping

“We should always be asking ourselves: Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?” —Epictetus

“Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem.” —Virginia Satir

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” —Alan Saporta


Coping Statements from Various Sources

“One way to cope is to think of larger and larger issues that encompass and surround the issue that you find disturbing until the disturbing issue becomes a footnote, a minor issue in your big picture.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

Organized Alphabetically

  • Accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can.
  • Adapt and adjust.
  • All is not lost.
  • Be patient.
  • Be satisfied with your best effort.
  • Choose your battles.
  • Count to ten.
  • Detach yourself from it.
  • Don’t be so serious.
  • Don’t force it.
  • Don’t let it get the best of you.
  • Don’t let it get to you.
  • Don’t look back unless that is where you want to go.
  • Don’t make a federal case out of it.
  • Don’t take it so seriously.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  • Each day is a new beginning.
  • Easy does it.
  • Endure until the end.
  • Expect the worst and hope for the best.
  • First, make the best of what you got.
  • Give it a rest.
  • Give it time.
  • Give them the benefit of the doubt.
  • Give yourself a break.
  • Go back to it when you are fresh.
  • Hope for the best and plan for the worst.
  • I am inclined to […], but I can survive if […].
  • I am partial to […], but I can cope with life if it doesn’t work out.
  • I can take it.
  • I can tolerate what I don’t like.
  • I desire to control […], but I can make the best of my life even if I never learn how.
  • I don’t need what I want.
  • I fancy […], but I can work it out if […].
  • I favor […], but it isn’t crucial to my happiness.
  • I had sooner […], but I can adapt either way.
  • I have survived worse.
  • I lean towards […], but I can get along if it does or doesn’t happen.
  • I want […] to be corrected as soon as possible, but I will be OK even if it never is.
  • I want […], but I can tolerate what I get.
  • I want what I want and I want it now, but I’ve learned that it is not a catastrophe, a disaster, awful, horrible, terrible, or the end of the world even if I never get it.
  • I wish […] would happen, but I can cope with reality if it never does.
  • I would choose […], but I won’t fall apart if […].
  • I would like […], but I can manage even if it doesn’t.
  • I would like it better if […], but I can make the best of it if […].
  • I would prefer it if […], but I can stand it if it doesn’t happen.
  • I would rather […], but in all honesty, it really doesn’t matter much in the long run.
  • I would select […] given the opportunity, but I can adapt to life with […] anyway.
  • I would sooner […], but I can make do with whatever.
  • If it’s to be, then it’s up to me.
  • If you’ve got lemons–make lemonade.
  • It is more desirable for me that […], but in a hundred years who will care or remember?
  • It is my predilection that […], but I will manage with or without it.
  • It is what it is.
  • It would be nice if […] were changed, but I can live with it as it is.
  • It would seem better if […], but I can accept it if […] happens instead.
  • It’s no big deal.
  • It’s nothing.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Keep on keeping on.
  • Keep on trucking.
  • Keep trying in trying times.
  • Keep your chin up.
  • Learn what is serious and laugh at the rest.
  • Least said, soonest mended.
  • Let it be.
  • Let it go in one ear and out the other.
  • Let it go.
  • Lighten up.
  • Like it or lump it.
  • Live and let live.
  • Motivation follows action.
  • My first choice would be […], but it is really not that important.
  • No pain no gain.
  • Oh well.
  • One day it will all be just a memory.
  • Quitters never win and winners never quit.
  • Relax.
  • Roll with the punches.
  • See it from their point of view.
  • Sleep on it.
  • Stay flexible.
  • Stay open.
  • Stop moping and start coping.
  • Stop stewing and start doing.
  • Stuff happens.
  • Take a break.
  • Take it easy.
  • Take it one day at a time.
  • That’s life.
  • That’s the way it is–too bad.
  • That’s the way the cookie crumbles.
  • The evil you know is better than the evil you don’t know.
  • The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.
  • The world won’t come to an end.
  • There’s no telling.
  • Things can always get worse.
  • Think about it first.
  • This is temporary.
  • This too will pass.
  • Tomorrow you’ll see it in a new light.
  • tomorrow’s another day.
  • Too bad.
  • Tough luck.
  • Turn it over.
  • Walk a mile in their shoes before you judge them.
  • We’ll do what we can.
  • We’re all the same.
  • What goes around comes around.
  • What you resist persists.
  • What’s done is done.
  • What’s gone is gone.
  • What’s the hurry?
  • Whatever will be will be.
  • When the going gets tough the tough get going.
  • When your dreams turn to dust–vacuum.
  • Who knows.
  • Who would have guessed?
  • You can’t win them all.
  • You have to start to finish.
  • You need a destination to arrive.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —Charles Darwin

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