Discouragement Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old discouragement quotes, discouragement sayings, and discouragement proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.     

Brennan Manning

In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser and happier as a result.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love.     

Francois Fenelon

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.     

Dale Carnegie

Discouragement seizes us only when we can no longer count on chance.     

George Sand

I think a big test we all face in life on a regular basis is that discouragement test. Life's not always fair, but I believe if you keep doing the right thing, God will get you to where you are.     

Joel Osteen

Discouragement is a negative emotion with more than one trick up its dark sleeve. It tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave. Drop all such sorrow permanently by daring to see through this deception of the unconscious mind. You have a destination far beyond where you find yourself standing today     

Guy Finley

Discouragement Can be temporary-or it can destroy our life. The choice is ours. If we refuse to deal with discouragement head-on, we are opening the door for it to completely dominate our life.     

Charles Stanley

Stones of judgment, discouragement or doubt may be thrown at you. You can't stop them, but you can make the choice to keep your walls up and not let them affect you.     

Joel Osteen

Discouragement is contagious and is easily transmitted to others.     

Max Anders

The greatest source of discouragement is the conviction that one is unable to do something.     

Maria Montessori

When we yield to discouragement it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future.     

Therese of Lisieux

If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead.     

Oswald Chambers

Disappointments will come and go, but discouragement is a choice that you make.     

Charles Stanley

Nobody else can make us discouraged; it is a choice that we alone make when facing disappointments.     

Charles Stanley

For every discouragement has been allowed to come to us in order that through it we may be cast in utter helplessness at the Saviour's feet.     

Alan Redpath

Stay the course. keep believing. You may be tired discouraged and tempted tobe frustrated but don't give up on your future.     

Joel Osteen

Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.     

Abraham Lincoln

A feeling of discouragement when you slip up is a sure sign that you put your faith in deeds.     

Ahmad ibn Ajiba

Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice.     

Therese of Lisieux

Don't get discouraged, and think positive all the time. Don't get down on yourself if you lose out a couple of times. It's just a lot of hard work.     

Larisa Oleynik

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers.     

Mother Teresa

Discouragement is the cancer of great things.     

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Do not be discouraged if your plans do not succeed the first time. No one learns to walk by taking only one step.     

Catherine Pulsifer

Don't accept discouragement, keep going! Less stress will result by not allowing discouragement to be your attitude!     

Catherine Pulsifer

Is encouragement what the poet needs? Open question. Maybe he needs discouragement. In fact, quite a few of them need more discouragement, the most discouragement possible.     

Robert Fitzgerald

An obstacle is not a discouragement. It may become one, but only with our own consent. So long as we refuse to be discouraged, we cannot be discouraged.     

Maurice Maeterlinck

Frustration, discouragement, and depression mean you are working against yourself.     

Jaggi Vasudev

When discouragement comes, don't stop. Dig deep and fight it through!     

T. B. Joshua

You can be whatever you want to be. Don't let discouragement take you down.     

Fawad Afzal Khan

Disappointment, discouragement, and despair are nothing but the bitter fruit of an unfulfilled expectation allowed to live beyond its time.     

Guy Finley

Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there's a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.     

Charles Stanley

Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.     

Neal A. Maxwell

Discouragement, fear, doubt, lack of self-confidence, are the germs which have killed the prosperity and happiness of tens of thousands of people.     

Orison Swett Marden

The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.     

Warren Wiersbe

Discouragement is of all ages: In youth it is a presentiment, in old age a remembrance.     

Honoré de Balzac

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.     

John Keats

Negative people can only infest you with discouragements when they find you around... Just get lost and get saved!     

Israelmore Ayivor

Never be discouraged. The fact that you will be a winner at the first attempt is unclear. You don't get master's degree after attending school on the first day. You got to endure till you get there.     

Israelmore Ayivor

In a sense, discouragement does not have to exist. Allow it to be rather the encouragement to honestly reconsider all the options, then, as necessary, shine on.     

Criss Jami

If you fear doing something, don't discourage others who are doing it.     

Debasish Mridha M.D.

Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.     

Bertrand Russell

Discouragement is the illegitimate child of false expectations! Loyd Ogilive.     

Lane Adams

Discouragement is like a scorpion in your shoe; it takes courage to toss it out so you can move on.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

Don't be discouraged by life's difficulties. With hope and determination, you can triumph over any difficulties.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

If you're feeling discouraged and defeated—don't quit. Play on, hope on, and move forward. The music you play—even in the midst of incredible darkness—can and will turn the tide of your own battles.     

Seth Adam Smith

Never let the words of discouragement from others sway you away from reaching far with your dreams.     

Israelmore Ayivor

Discouragement tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave.     

Guy Finley

Pay little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.     

Maltbie Davenport Babcock