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.     


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.     


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