158 Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

When we’re feeling hopeless or when we’re going through hard times, it’s sometimes helpful to read a few words of encouragement to not only give ourselves hope but to encourage others who are going through dark times as well. We’ve selected the best encouraging quotes to inspire and to remind you that there’s always a rainbow after the rain.

Encouraging Quotes

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

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

3. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller

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

5. 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

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

7. In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

8. 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

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

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

11. 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

12. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

16. 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

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

18. 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

19. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett


Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

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

21. 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 how really 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

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

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

24. 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

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

26. 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

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

28. 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

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

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

31. 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

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

33. If I persist long enough I will win. -Og Mandino

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

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

36. 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

37. In my books and in 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

38. 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

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

40. 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


Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

45. Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.

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

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

48. 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.

49. God is not punishing you, he is preparing you. Trust his plans not your pain.

50. The best revenge is a massive success. – Frank Sinatra

51. 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

52. Don’t think, just do. – Horace

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

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

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

56. 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

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

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

59. Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

60. In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis

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


Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

62. 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 things that are worthwhile, it can be done. – Vince Lombardi

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

64. 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

65. It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are. – Malala Yousafzai

66. Never complain and never explain. – Benjamin Disraeli

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

68. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou

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

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

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

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

73. 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

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

75. 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

76. 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

77. Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle

78. 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


Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

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

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

81. 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

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

83. 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

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

85. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

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

87. 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

88. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll

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

90. Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill

91. 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

92. Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

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

94. 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

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

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

97. Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth. – Hopi Prayer

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

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

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

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

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


Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

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

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

105. A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. – Diane Mariechild

106. We can do no great things, only small things with great love. – Mother Teresa

107. If you’re feeling helpless, help someone. – Aung San Suu Kyi

108. One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion. – Simone De Beauvoir

109. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

110. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. – Mother Teresa

111. No one has ever become poor by giving. – Anne Frank

112. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anyone. – Audrey Hepburn

113. Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage. – Anaïs Nin

114. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. – J.K. Rowling

115. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks

116. When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. – Malala Yousafzai

117. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. – Martha Graham

118. I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become. – Oprah Winfrey

119. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions. – Catherine Cook

120. If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

121. You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it’s going to be over, and you better make this count. – Nancy Reagan

122. Keep your sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself. – Betsey Johnson

123. I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank

124. If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light. – Lady Gaga

125. When you notice that you’re having negative thoughts about how all of this is going to pan out, you need to remind yourself that you are not a very good fortune teller. – Donna W. Hill

126. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. – Helen Keller

127. Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get. – Ingrid Bergman

128. I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. – Estée Lauder


Encouraging Quotes and Sayings

129. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah

130. 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

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

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

133. Never give up. You’ll never know what tomorrow brings.

134. 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

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

136. 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

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

138. 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

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

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

141. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

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

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

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

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

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

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 always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way. – Matt D. Miller

149. I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you – yes, you – have the ambition to lean into your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it. – Sheryl Sandberg

150. Hope springs forever. – J.K. Rowling,

151. If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it. – Criss Jami

152. You will and should do everything in your power to improve your actual writing skills. You’ll work hard to create characters that are compelling and unforgettable. But in the end, it’s the story that matters. Don’t ever let the other stuff get in the way of your inherent skills as a kick-butt storyteller. Move the reader, make them happy and sad and excited and scared. Make them stare into space after they’ve put the book down, thinking about the tale that’s become a part of them. Be unpredictable, be real, be interesting. Tell a good story. – James Dashner

153. Everything is within your power, and your power is within you. – Janice Trachtman

154. For within your flesh, deep within the center of your being, is the undaunted, waiting, longing, all-knowing. Is the ready, able, perfect. Within you, waiting its turn to emerge, piece by piece, with the dawn of every former test of trial and blackness, is the next unfolding, the great unfurling of wings, the re-forged backbone of a true Child of Light. – Jennifer DeLucy

155. Good. If you’ve done things you aren’t proud of. It means you have a conscience. – Criss Jami

156. Don’t ever be discouraged with yourself because you have not arrived at success, but instead be pleased that you are pressing toward it. – Joyce Meyer

157. Sigh like the wind, open your arms, your chest, your heart, and all creatures will hum to you. – Penelope Smith

158. God will fight your battles if you just keep still. He is able to carry you through. Trust Him. Keep standing, keep believing and keep hoping. – Germany Kent


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