Lila C Duville

Quotes Brighten Your Day

The other day I leafed through my book Tales from Los Cabos, and I realized something I had not realized before. Every single short story in there (except for one) had a message. Since most of the stories are based on true life events and real people, I should have expected that, but some are pure fiction and they also carry a nice morale. Quotes can brighten your day. We often search for them online, but here they were, staring at me from my own written pages.

Seeing that, I wrote them down, one by one, and then I thought it would be a good idea to share them. Especially now that we’re staying home, many of us are going through a hard time.

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I know that most of my friends are bored senseless. When they tell me that I must be really bored too, living in the middle of nowhere and now spending all my time here, with no neighbors around, I feel nearly guilty when I text them back with the message that I am keeping so busy my days don’t even seem to have enough hours. I usually don’t get a reply after that, so I stopped telling them about my days.

My friends are part of the reason why I decided to share the messages of my stories. If it can help lift someone’s spirit, why not? And if it doesn’t, they are still lovely messages that should be out there in the world.

In eleven stories I found nine messages of hope. So, here we go.

  1. Do not settle for less.
  2. Be spontaneous when it feels right
  3. Be responsible
  4. Out of a storm something beautiful can arise
  5. Do not judge the past if you don’t know all of it
  6. Follow your heart
  7. Rise from the ashes like a phoenix, reborn, and celebrate life
  8. Fight for the ones who can’t
  9. Be you


I hope you like these messages. When I wrote them down, they lifted my spirits, and sometimes I look at them and smile. Some are based on true events, like the one that says Rise from the ashes like a phoenix, reborn, and celebrate life, Be spontaneous when it feels right, Fight for the ones who can’t, and a few others too.

If you’d like to see the video, please see below. In this video, besides the messages I am also sharing some quotes that Los Cabos locals gave me for my book. Some of these quotes are also quite inspirational and full of hope.

The expression “Do not settle for less” comes from the first short story in Tales from Los Cabos and you can read an excerpt here in this link.

For an excerpt regarding the quote “Fight for the ones who can’t”, check out Mathilda’s tale here.

If you liked these quotes and messages, and if you have any other quotes of your own, please feel free to share them with me in the comments below. I will be happy to read them.

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  1. Thanks for these very inspiring quotes, they should also be made into rules to live by. I especially like the one that says “Do not judge the past if you don’t know all of it,” it’s so true and should help us stay non judgmental and always learn as much as possible about a person or topic before doing or saying anything in regards to them. It can also help us be more empathetic as humans in a world that is as desensitized as it is right now.

    Where did you write these quotes from? Were they from your book or did you hear them from somewhere and they just struck a cord within you that you had to write them down?

    1. Hi Ryzehn,

      It is true that the world is desensitized right now. I absolutely agree with that. 

      These quotes are mine and they came to me when I went over my stories, realizing that most of the short stories in my book have a message. Each quote is a message from one of the stories. 🙂

      Thank you for your comment!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing all these amazing quotes. I need all the positives in this world for me right now during this unprecedented moment that we all live in. By the way, I love tales from Los Cabos. 

    I agree, sometimes we all need to be spontaneous. It is such a rush to do something against all your grain. But your gut feelings is amazing as well 🙂 The most important of all for me is just to be me. Being myself is the hardest thing to do, I grew up in the culture where we want to lease someone all the time and you just lose yourself. Thanks to your quote, it is a perfect reminder. 

    Thanks again for sharing all the 9 quotes and stay safe!

    1. Hi Nuttanee,

      If these quotes brought you some positives, then I achieved my goal today, for that was the purpose of my post, bringing some positive vibes, lifting the spirits 🙂

      Thank you for your comment about my book. I’m very happy you loved it. When you have time, could you please leave a review about my book on Amazon? Reviews are always a great help for an author. 🙂

      I know all about this annoying habit of wanting to please others … I was taught that lesson too when I was growing up, but we must remember that it is also extremely important to look after ourselves. It’s ok to put ourselves first from time to time. 

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. I admire your ability to move out on your own to build a place and your life! I read the titles with interest. The ones that spoke the most to me were: -Be spontaneous when it feels right -Out of a storm something beautiful can arise -Do not judge the past if you don’t know all of it

    I can think of the spontaneous things I have done in my life, and I am grateful that I did them. I was just surfing the net today and read quite a few quotes from people who have made something out of their lives after they had tremendous setbacks. And I know some people who are judged harshly, who have a heart of gold and have been a huge benefit to society.

    Keep up the good work. All the best.

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      People tend to judge harshly without knowing all about the ones they’re judging, it happens so often … and it can cause great damage. I also know some people who have a heart of gold, have been a benefit to society and who have been judged harshly … 

      Spontaneity is the spice of life, isn’t it? I am sometimes also really grateful for the spontaneous things I have done in my life too 🙂 

      Thank you for your comment!

  4. Hello there once again, thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say i was really touched going through those quotes. Having this here can really help motivate one’s spirit to keep pushing hard in whatever situation one may be going through especially in these trying times.

  5. Nice quotes and I totally agree with you that at a time like this of this ravaging pandemic hovering all over the world alot of people are depressed and all they need is some for of words of encouragement and hope and these your quotes will do a a nice job…I hope to share it to reach out to the world….
    Please keep with with your books..

  6. Hello there! These are amazing quotes you’ve got here. The last one captured my mind; it’s so easy to say “Be yourself” than actually “being yourself” because it might not suit people around you especially your friends which somestimes can talk you out of what you actually want.

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

    1. Hi,

      I could not agree more. It isn’t always easy to be yourself and many may not always like you to be yourself, but there is a saying that the right people will accept you for the you that you really are. And I believe that. It isn’t always easy to find them, but once you find them, you know you found your kind of people.

  7. Hi there! Thanks so much for doing this.

    In this time of the pandemic, we are all at home doing nothing, discouraged and the future seems so uncertain and hopeless! 

    But ,one of your quote inspired me,” out of a storm something beautiful can rise”! This quote gives me hope that out of this situation that the world is experiencing,at the end, something good might pop up!

    1. Hi Lizzy,

      Yes, out of a storm something beautiful can arise. I’ve seen it several times. After every storm the sun rises. After this pandemic, who knows what’s going to happen, but something good will come, it just has to.

  8. quotes are more than just words to me as they have s way of reaching down deep into my soul and make me reflect on things. I often keep these words in mind but coming across this post has been like I just discovered a mine of gold. The various quotes listed in this post has touched me and I find them quite uplifting and inspirational. 

    1. Hi Carol,

      That’s beautifully said. Quotes can indeed touch people, reach down deep into their soul.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment!

  9. Hello Lila, I feel there are so many things that can bother a man and we wouldn’t even see that which is closer to us while we search for them is far places. I must say that quotes from the book which you have written down area all amazing in one way or the other, but one if the quote that got to me is “Fight for the one’s you can”. With that quote I just got not realise you Can’t do it all, you just can try. 

    1. Hi Justin,

      True, we do what we can, and with that we each do our little bit to make the world a better place 🙂

  10. my mum used to say that words are really strong and so we should always use them wisely, in this case, they have been used to brighten my mood. Lately I’ve been going through a rough patch. Apart from all the pandemic madness,there’s just too much going on. I’m happy to be able to read this short but powerful quotes. Thanks.

    1. Hi Henderson,

      I’m so glad that this post lifted your mood! It has been rough lately, that is true. I hope that things will be better for you soon!

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