Positive Encouragement
Quotes To Live By: A - C

Encouragement quotes are great for getting yourself and others motivated. Everyone needs encouragement especially when tackling something difficult, physically or emotionally. I think words of encouragement are extremely important for children to hear in their everyday life so they can absorb these constant reminders to add to their 'self-talk', building an inner vocabulary of confidence and self esteem.

The encouragement quotes on this page are all from authors with surnames to C. You can find more positive words of encouragement and motivation on the D to F,  G to L,  M to R,  S to Z pages and also the Sayings from Unknown Sources.

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 Encouragement Quotes:  A   


If you intend to be of assistance, your eye is not upon the trouble but upon the assistance, and that is quite different. When you are looking for a solution, you are feeling positive emotion, but when you are looking at a problem, you are feeling negative emotion.

George M. Adams

George M. Adams  1837 - 1920
We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement.
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams  1767 - 1848
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more...  You are a leader.


Aeschylus  525BC - 456BC
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.


Aesop  620BC - 564BC
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott  1832 - 1888
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us more effectively. Look for the learning.

Alan Alda

Alan Alda  1936
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali  1942
Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them... a desire...a dream...a vision.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  1928 - 2014
Success is.. Liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.


Aristotle  384BC - 322BC
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the Light.

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Aristotle  384BC - 322BC
Well begun is.. half done.

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross... there lies your vocation.

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Linda Armstrong
The Universe is always sending you inspiration,you just have to listen and allow.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong  1930 - 2012
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

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H. W. Arnold
The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov  1920 - 1992
A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success... but only if you persist.

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi  1181 - 1226
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

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

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 Encouragement Quotes:  B   

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon  1561 - 1626
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher  1813 - 1887
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

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Gita Bellin
Success depends on where our intention is.

Bo Bennett

Bo Bennett  1972
A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.

A good leader is one who can tell another how to reach his or her potential. A great leader is one who can help another discover this potential for him or her self.

An objection is not a rejection... it is simply a request for more information.

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity.

If you are going to ask yourself life-changing questions, be sure to do something about the answers.

Success is not in what you have, but in who you are.

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Polly Berrien Berends
The child does not begin to fall until she becomes seriously interested in walking, until she actually begins walking. Falling is thus more an indication of learning than a sign of failure.

Sam Berns

Sam Berns  1996 - 2014
I don’t waste energy feeling bad for myself; I surround myself with people I want to be with; and I keep moving forward. So with this philosophy, I hope all of you, regardless of your obstacles, can have a very happy life as well.

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He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

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Josh Billings

Josh Billings  1818 - 1885
Be like a postage stamp... stick to one thing till you get there.

Claudia Black

Claudia Black  1972
Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.

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William Blake

William Blake  1757 - 1827
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

What is now proved was once only imagined.

Ralph H. Blum

Ralph H. Blum
Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton
The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury  1920
And you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson  1950
Above all, create something you’re proud of.

Explore this next great frontier where the boundaries between work and higher purpose are merging into one, where doing good really is good for business.

I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.

If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you've got.

Robert Brault

Robert Brault
Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.

Often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.

Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose, the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.

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Robert Brault

Robert Brault
The road to success in not a path you find, but a trail you blaze.

Try to discover the road to success and you'll seek but never find, but blaze your own path and the road to success will trail right behind.

Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles.

Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson  1901 - 1999
When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best… that is inspiration.

David Brinkley

David Brinkley  1920 - 2003
A successful man is one who can lay firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers  1927 - 2013
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

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Leon Brown
Nothing goes to waste on the journey of life. Both good and bad experiences shape your mind and heart for what is to come.

Les Brown

Les Brown  1940
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.

The world is waiting for you to wake up to the person you are called to be. Stop listening to the negative inner conversation that's causing you to play small. Focus your mind on positive thoughts, possibilities and solutions that can move you forward. Tap into your creativity and determination and stay busy. Stay focused.

You were created on purpose for a purpose. There is a thirst and hunger in your heart that is real. Pay attention to it. 

Pam Brown

Pam Brown  1948
The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and joy - and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again. You’ll make the sofa in the end.

Robert Browning

Robert Browning  1812 - 1889
A man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a Heaven for?


Buddha  624BC - 543BC
Each morning we are born again.
What we do today is what matters most.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett   1849 - 1924 
Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.

John Burroughs

John Burroughs  1837 - 1921
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

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Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne  1953
Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve as I have been shown it should be is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don’t need to lock their love away.

Rhonda Byrne

Rhonda Byrne  1951
The life of your dreams, everything you would love to be, do or have, has always been closer to you than you knew... because the power to everything you want is inside you.

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 Encouragement Quotes:  C   

Eileen Caddy

Eileen Caddy  1917 - 2006
Stride forward with a firm steady step knowing, with a deep certain inner knowing, that you will reach every goal you set yourselves, that you will achieve every aim.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain  1945
Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron  1948
I have seen blocks dissolved and lives transformed by the simple process of engaging the Great Creator in discovering and recovering our creative powers.

No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby, or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical, or too selfish, or too silly, to work on your creativity.

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell  1904 - 1987
Follow your bliss...
and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.

Joseph Campbell quote: Follow your bliss. - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJoseph Campbell encouragement quote (Lucy)

Albert Camus

Albert Camus  1913 - 1960
What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield  1944
Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.

Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor  1892 - 1964
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast.. You also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

Fritjof Capre

Fritjof Capre  1939
During periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

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Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881
Endurance is patience concentrated.

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.

Go as far as you can see.. When you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.

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Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881
No pressure.. No diamonds.

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Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle  1795 - 1881
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his power of accomplishment.

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie  1835 - 1919
Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

There is little success where there is little laughter.

Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie  1888 - 1955
Act enthusiastic...
and you will be enthusiastic.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey  1962
I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

I’m making a conscious choice to see challenges as beneficial so that I can deal with them in the most productive way.

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson  1907 - 1964
Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash  1955
The key to change is to let go of fear.

Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda  1925 - 1998
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel  1883 - 1971
Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  1881 - 1955
It's our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits to our abilities do not exist. We are collaborators in creation...the future of the earth is in our hands.

Julia Child

Julia Child  1912 - 2004
Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Child  1802 - 1880
Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.

Misfortune is never mournful to the Soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an Angel’s face.

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra  1946
I teach people that, no matter what the situation is, no matter how chaotic, no matter how much drama is around you, you can heal by your presence. If you just stay within your centre.

Life is a field of unlimited possibilities.

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Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra  1946
Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill  1874 - 1965
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero  106BC - 43BC
Don't quit...
Where there's life...   There's hope.

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton  1946
If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho  1947
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.

Robert Collier

Robert Collier  1885 - 1950
The first principle of success is desire - knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of the seed.


Confucius  551BC - 479BC
It does not matter how slowly you go...
So long as you do not stop.

Our greatest glory is not never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Diana Cooper

Diana Cooper  1940
The answer to very problem is...  to raise your frequency.

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