Encouraging Sayings and Quotes

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


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future . . . but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.     

Buddha

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

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.     

Wally Amos

Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.     

Stephanie Lahart

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.     

Thomas Paine

I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.     

Robert H. Schuller

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

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.     

George S. Patton

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.     

Mary Pickford

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.     

Nikos Kazantzakis

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

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

Thomas A. Edison

Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.     

Roy Bennett

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

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

We can't escape pain; we can't escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.     

Jacob Held

Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities.     

Rodolfo Costa

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.     

Helen Keller

Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.     

Steve Goodier

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

Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.     

Seth Godin

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

You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.     

C.S. Lewis

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.     

Pope John XXIII

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.     

Confucius

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.     

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.     

Ed Sheeran

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.     

Dalai Lama

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

John Aughey

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.     

Criss Jami

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.     

Victor Kiam

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.     

Lao Tzu

If we are not allowed to deal with small problems, we will be destroyed by slightly larger ones. When we come to understand this, we live our lives not avoiding problems, but welcoming them them as challenges that will strengthen us so that we can be victorious in the future.     

Jim Stovall

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

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

Sometimes the best goal you can set is just to get out of bed every day. If you can succeed at this, then other things become possible.     

Cynthia Patterson

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

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

Les Brown

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 C s. 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

Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn't be affected by an incident unless you let it.     

Epictetus

I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.     

Muhammad Ali

Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.     

Joseph Sugarman

If you are going through hell, keep going.     

Winston Churchill

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

Joseph Campbell

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

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.     

St. Jerome

Hold on to what is good, even if it's a handful of earth.     

Hopi Prayer

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