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Encouraging Quotes

Need some words of encouragement? We all can benefit from encouraging quotes.


Scriptures that offer encouragement in your daily life and provide inspiration and strength as you cope with life.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. 
John C. Maxwell

Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are. 
Alan Alda

I'd like to see where boys and girls end up if they get equal encouragement - I think we might have some differences in how leadership is done. 
Sheryl Sandberg

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
– Ralph Emerson

”In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
– Tony Robbins

”Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
– Japanese Proverb

“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal. “
– Jerome Fleishman

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
– Donald Trump

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
– Sylvia Plath

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
– Unknown

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”
– Anne Frank

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
– Albert Einstein

“The best revenge is massive success.”
– Frank Sinatra

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.”
– Vince Lombardi

“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge

”Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.”
– Jennifer Grahnolm


“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
– Donald Trump

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalm 46:1-3

We get strength and encouragement from watching children. 
Hayao Miyazaki

There aren't too many principles of proper business conduct with which just about everybody will agree. Two come to mind: 1. Unless you're a professional athlete, don't offer co-workers encouragement by patting them on the butt, and 2. Don't burn bridges. 
Dale Dauten

A responsive audience is the best encouragement an actor can have. 
Al Jolson

A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly. 
Kevin Bacon

“This too shall pass.”
– Persian Sufi Poets

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
– Audrey Hepburn

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Hellen Keller

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
– Stephen King

“When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there. ~
Author Unknown”
– Unknown

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. “
– Edmund Hillary

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. “
– Garrison Keillor

“There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. “
– Washington Irving

“God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. “
-Henry Beecher

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~
Arthur Ashe

 “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~
Anne Frank

 “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” ~
Alexander Graham Bell

When you are whole, you offer a whole load more to any relationship that you form and are much more likely to encourage the right kind of people into your life because you won't accept less. 
Joanna Jackson, Self Help 

People are basically more willing to work together, when the atmosphere encourages it.
Adam Burns And Sandra Banks, Leadership Basics 

. . . choose to confide in friends with sunny dispositions who will encourage you to be more positive. 
Zayne Parker, Anxiety: Mastery 

 “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” ~
David Allen

 “I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” ~
Dalai Lama

 “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~
Helen Keller

 “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” ~
Joseph Campbell

 “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” ~
Tony Robbins

 “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~
Thomas A. Edison

“You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~
C.S. Lewis

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” ~
Victor Kiam

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” ~
Wayne Dyer

“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” ~
Denis Waitley

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~
Thomas Jefferson

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” ~
Epictetus

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” ~
Miguel Angel Ruiz

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~
William James

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” ~
Jim Rohn

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

"Encourage team members to share the mantle of leadership, along with some of your responsibilities. Encourage them to take initiative and make decisions without your input, whenever possible." Jeffrey Morales, Leadership: 33 Lessons on How to Become A Proactive Leader and Successfully Build A Phenomenal 

“Icried aloud to the LORD, and heanswered me from hisholy hill. Selah” ~
David, King of Israel & Judah

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away’.’’ ~
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” ~
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during WWII

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain

“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Don't let the muggles get you down.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah


“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.”
Joel Osteen

“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."

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.”
Ed Sheeran

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“You can get a thousand no's from people, and only one "yes" from God.”
Tyler Perry

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
– Audrey Hepburn

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”
– Peter Drucker

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
– David Allen

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.”
– George Burns

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8

If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it - young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous - is changed by it. 
John C. Maxwell

When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference. 
Zig Ziglar

Employees are a company's greatest asset - they're your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company's mission. 
Anne M. Mulcahy

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 55:22

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”
– Mother Teresa

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”
– Dalai Lama

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
– Oprah Winfrey

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
– Stephen King

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. 
Yehuda Berg

Instead of being critical of people in authority over you and envious of their position, be happy you're not responsible for everything they have to do. Instead of piling on complaints, thank them for what they do. Overwhelm them with encouragement and appreciation! 
Joyce Meyer

I never expected any sort of success with 'Mockingbird'... I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. 
Harper Lee

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
~ Helen Keller

 “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.“
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. “
– JFK

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. “
– Edwin Markham

“Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. “
– Unknown

What would be the nicest thing I could say about Newt Gingrich? He may be one of the great supporters of the humanities, because you have people who don't want to study the social sciences, because it's not profitable, and now Newt, as the highest-paid historian in American history, may be an encouragement to people to study history. 
Barney Frank

My mum Margaret was a single parent, but though life was a bit of a struggle she gave me every encouragement. 
Ashley Jensen

If we're going to bring out the best in people, we, too, need to sow seeds of encouragement. 
Joel Osteen

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. 
Robert Collier

I know why I am here and my only real focused goal is to live each day to the fullest and to try and honor God and be an encouragement to others. What the future holds is firmly in God's hands, and I am very happy about that! 
Ken Hensley

Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows? 
Joel Osteen

There ought to be more grants that go to people in their late twenties and early thirties. That's a crucial age, although it's very hard to judge who is worth supporting and who is not. Looking back on my own life, I see that was the period when I was closest to giving up as a novelist and when I most needed some encouragement. 
Edmund White

Life, Age, Giving

Every once in awhile you get encouragement, or you get something that isn't competitive or guilt-inducing from your peers, and it just turns a little light on. It makes it so the work that you do isn't isolating and horrible. There are people who make your life and your work better, and that's something I'm incredibly grateful for. 
Julie Klausner

I hope that my story, I hope that my life is... an encouragement for people, especially in Brooklyn. I feel humbled and blessed. 
Iyanla Vanzant

But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible. 
Jose Marti

An Editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an Editor. 
Jackie Kennedy

For whatever reason, I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did. 
Sally Ride

Expect and prepare for criticism, discouragement, and sabotage from others. Laugh them off, avoid them, and take counter-measures as needed. 
Mike Buffington, Hacking Laziness 

Though many are the forces threatening our Christian family unity, we must encourage one another and build each other up Priscilla Doremus, Focused: A Daily Devotional 

The goal then is to pay that forward and encourage others to do the same while leading a righteous life by example, always striving to forgive the trespasses of others and forgive yourself as well. 
Chris Johnston, Joel Osteen: 50 Best Life Lessons, Teachings And Quotes 

The right way is the "Jesus" way and he will help and encourage you to be the best that you can be for him. Brian R Murphy, Fear Not 

When you are around people that have the same mindset as you do, it helps encourage you to work towards your goals even more. Michael Henson, Morning Routine 

The reason a smile attracts people in a social gathering is that they encourage positive response. Genevieve Amor, Self Esteem 

While I encourage my friends in their goals and point out their strengths even when they fail, it's a lot harder to show myself the same level of understanding. Janet Springer, Unbreakable Willpower 

"The middle of the road is a poor place to walk. It is a poor place to drive. It is a poor place to live." 
Vance Havner 

"Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!" Nicky Gumbel 

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." Jack Layton 

"There's much you can't change, but there's something important you can change: you."Rick Warren 

"Give children encouragement, they will gain confidence, they will perform better." 

New research shows we can take control of our capacity to learn. We can all get to be better learners. Eimantas Gabalis, How To Get Smarter: How To Increase Your Brain Power And Intelligence 

"We do learn something about ourselves when we are up against the wall, and we do most certainly come out stronger." 
Tina Sloan 

"We don't have to wait for something nice to happen to us, we can be aggressive and do something nice for ourselves." Joyce Meyer, eat the cookie. . .buy the shoes 

"It seems that success is not acquired by doing what we want to do but doing the tasks necessary to make it happen. " Joe Allen and David Donaldson, How to be Successful 

"Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise." Robert Martin 

"If you want to dismiss a negative thought, the only way to do so is to think of something positive and constructive." Emmet Fox 

"It's amazing what eliminating energy drains can do to our mood. Remember how good you felt when you finally went through your closet and cleaned out the old clothes that you were sure you'd wear again someday?" Cheryl Richardson 

"How often do we hesitate to pursuer our dreams because we feel deficient in talent, knowledge, or experience - the perceived roots of success. But chances are that we carry untapped strengths and abilities which, when enfolded within the mist of optimism, can conspire to accomplish marvelous things." Gina Mohammed, Ph. D. 

"If we are sowing spiritual seeds by doing the right thing, then we will reap the blessed results of that as well. The seeds we are sowing today will be reaped in the years to come." Greg Laurie 

'Being genuine doesn't mean residing perfect. It indicates doing our best to connect like real people." Yhan Lingad, The Benefits Of Aptitude 

"Most people claim that they feel like they're trapped in a rat race, without an exit. While we can all feel this way from time to time, it's important to know that there is a way out."Debeena Harris, Mindfulness