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221 Encouraging Quotes to Boost your Optimism

Encouraging Quotes to have a fantastic ability to change the way we feel about life. Once you read these quotes about encouragement, these quotes will help give you the motivation you need to keep going. Check out our collection of 221 Words of Encouragement.

Encouraging Quotes About Life

1

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because of your habit.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

3

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine

4

“This too, shall pass.”

5

“When you get to your wit’s end, you will find, God lives there.”

6

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

7

“Sometimes, it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.”

8

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

9

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin

10

“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” – John W. Gardner

11

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

12

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

13

“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” – Henry Rollins

14

“God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.”

15

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”

16

“An uplifting sense of purpose is more than an impetus for individual accomplishment. It is also a necessary insurance policy against expediency and impropriety.” – Gary Hamel

17

“Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.” – Sheena Iyengar

18

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

19

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

20

“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

21

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

22

“A productive, useful life, good works, and good relationships are as valid as writing poetry or inventing the machine. Anything that one does well and obtains satisfaction from is a good enough reason for living. To be a decent human being that people like and feel better for knowing is enough.” – Robert Gould

23

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

24

“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.” – Elbert Hubbard

25

“Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.” – Rainer Rilke

26

“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” – Christopher Reeve

27

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

28

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

29

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

30

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

31

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

32

“Look for something positive in each day even if some days you have to look a little harder.”

33

“You are capable of amazing things.”

34

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington

35

“Rise above the storm, and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernandez

36

“Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up.” – Brittany Burgunder

37

“Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end, and aim of weak ones.”

38

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

39

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

40

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” – Max Ehrmann

41

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

42

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

43

“Never complain and never explain.” – Benjamin Disraeli

44

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

45

“Somehow, I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney

46

“‘Precious’ is strangely uplifting. It goes down into the valley, but it also goes to the mountain tops. A lot of painful realities are explored in ‘Precious,’ but the peaks make the valleys and the valleys make the peaks.” – Geoffrey S. Fletcher

47

“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”

48

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.” – Steve Martin

49

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

50

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells

51

”If there is no struggle, there is no progress.“ – Frederick Douglass

52

“There’s something in you that the world needs.”

53

“I’m so proud of you. I just wanted to tell you in case no one has.”

54

“Someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”

55

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

56

“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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

57

“When we stop opposing reality, the action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.” – Byron Katie

58

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton

59

“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.”

60

“Stop beating yourself up you are a work in progress, which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.”

61

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

62

“Why should you continue going after your dreams? Because seeing the look on the faces of the people who said you couldn’t… will be priceless.” – Kevin Ngo

63

“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

64

“It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realize that whatever you’re doing, it’s your first attempt at it.”

65

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

66

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

67

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails always to reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

68

“Our thoughts shape us; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

69

“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

70

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.” – Clement Stone

71

“We are each gifted uniquely and importantly. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our special light.” – Mary Dunbar

72

“God uses suffering as a whetstone to make men sharp with.”

73

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

74

“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” – L.M. Montgomery

75

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain

76

“Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.” – Helen Keller

77

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein

78

“He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.” – William James

79

“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively.” – Norman Vincent Peale

80

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

81

“If I persist long enough, I will win.” – Og Mandino

82

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

83

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

84

“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person you are.”

85

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.” – Bruce Barton

86

“A little progress every day adds up to big results.”

87

“I think Romeo and Juliet are uplifting. That’s how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other.” – Ben Kingsley

88

“God knew your life would come to this, and he has a plan for you.”

89

“God is not punishing you, and he is preparing you. Trust his plans, not your pain.”

90

“Believe in yourself, and you’ll be unstoppable.”

91

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

92

“I was recently asked about the business side of ‘Biggest Loser,’ but as long as we entertain people, we can keep coming back and making a difference. It’s a delicate balance, but one feeds off the other. I feel so good about the show – it’s uplifting and inspiring and entertaining at the same time.” – Alison Sweeney

93

“You are stronger than you know. More capable than you ever dreamed. And you are loved more than you could possibly imagine.”

94

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” – Bernard Baruch

95

“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

96

“Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting, and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” – Ralph Marston

97

“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

98

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

99

“I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

100

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” – Rosa Parks

101

“Each morning, when I open my eyes, I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, and tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy.” – Groucho Marx

102

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

103

“Be a pineapple stand tall wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.”

104

“Sometimes, before we make a record, I go back and listen to a few. It’s equally humbling and uplifting.” – Michael Stipe

105

“You only fail when you stop trying.”

106

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot, and hang on.”

107

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

108

“‘I Won’ is not a love song. It’s just me uplifting women in general. I’m giving women the power to treat themselves as a trophy – to show that and know it in yourself and be confident – because when they do that, whoever they’re with is winning.” – Nayvadius Cash

109

“Problems are not stopped signs. They are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller

110

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

111

“Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.” – Alice Walker

112

“Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.”

113

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in mind next to honor.” – Aristotle

114

“In my books and romance as a genre, there is a positive, uplifting feeling that leaves the reader with a sense of encouragement and hope for a brighter future – or a brighter present.” – Debbie Macomber

115

“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.”

116

“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then keep doing that every day.”

117

“The first step is you have to say that you can.” – Will Smith

118

“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”

119

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

120

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go. Just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”

121

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

122

“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

123

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

124

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

125

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

126

“I’ve always loved journaling as a way to clear my mind. Whether I’m traveling or at home, the first thing I do when I wake up pulls out my notebook and record positive things that have happened to me as well as uplifting thoughts.” – Gloria Reuben

127

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” – Albert Einstein

128

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

129

“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.”

130

“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

131

“Wake up. Kickass. Repeat.”

132

“He who has a why to live can bear almost anyhow.”

133

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

134

“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.” – Hopi prayer

135

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

136

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

137

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

138

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

139

“The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.” – Bono

140

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

141

“God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.”

142

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

143

“Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill

144

“I decided, very early on, 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

145

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”

146

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the worthwhile things, it can be done.” – Vince Lombardi

147

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

148

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

149

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

150

“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

151

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

152

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

153

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

154

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

155

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

156

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment, certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” – Aretha Franklin

157

“In case you forgot to remind yourself this morning: Your butt is perfect. Your smile lights up the room. Your mind is insanely cool. You are way more than enough. And you are doing an amazing job at life.”

158

“I know it has been tough, but I still cheering for you.”

159

“It is essential to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai

160

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

161

“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown

162

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

163

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

164

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

165

“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

166

“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

167

“It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important.” – Ian Mcewan

168

“The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

169

“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

170

“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.” – Aristotle

171

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

172

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

173

“There’s a reason for everything. This one may look like a setback. It doesn’t mean you’re failing but that God is growing you in a new way.”

174

“Hey, little fighter, soon things will be brighter.”

175

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Ben Spock

176

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

177

“Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus

178

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

179

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

180

“Sometimes when you are in a dark place, you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted.”

181

“When you feel like you’re drowning in life, don’t worry – your Lifeguard walks on water.”

182

“Don’t think, just do.” – Horace

183

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

184

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

185

“Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can!”

186

“You are amazing. You are brave, you are strong.”

187

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

188

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” – William Arthur Ward

189

“Be thankful for what you have, and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

190

“You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry but do not give up.”

191

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

192

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without humble but reasonable confidence in your powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale

193

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

194

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

195

“Never regret something that once made you smile.”

196

“The more the panic grows, the more uplifting the image of a man who refuses to bow to the terror.” – Ernst Junger

197

“Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

198

“Everything you need to accomplish your goals is already in you.”

199

“Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Choose to stay positive and be the strong person that God created you to be!”

200

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

201

“I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.”

202

“Take a deep breath; it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”

203

“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

204

“What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.” – Adam Braun

205

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”

206

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

207

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be a reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

208

“You are gold, baby. Solid gold.”

209

“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

210

“Listening to music is such an uplifting, spiritual thing. It’s far-fetched to some – I understand that. But the way dance music brings people together. It’s not a big stretch from hymns.” – Kaskade

211

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think about how precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightingale

212

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

213

“I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood.” – Yaya DaCosta

214

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

215

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” – Alfred A. Montapert

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“A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that’s what separates a life story that can influence other people.“ – Mitch Albom

Encouraging Quotes for Women

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“Often, 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 Granholm

218

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

219

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

220

“Beautiful girl, you were made to do hard things. So believe in yourself.”

221

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

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