Quotes To Live By
Authors Surnames A - I
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 A to I. You can find more positive words of encouragement and motivation on the page of Surnames J to Z and also the Sayings from Unknown Sources.
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 1837 - 1920
We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement.
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
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 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 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 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 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.
Well begun is.. half done.
Where your talents and the needs of the world cross... there lies your vocation.
The Universe is always sending you inspiration,you just have to listen and allow.
Neil Armstrong 1930 - 2012
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
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 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 1181 - 1226
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
Encouragement Quotes: B
Francis Bacon 1561 - 1626
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Success depends on where our intention is.
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.
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 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.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Josh Billings 1818 - 1885
Be like a postage stamp... stick to one thing till you get there
Claudia Black 1972
Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
William Blake 1757 - 1827
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
Ray Bradbury 1920
And you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.
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.
Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.
Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles.
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 1920 - 2003
A successful man is one who can lay firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
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 1940
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.
You were created on purpose for a purpose. There is a thirst and hunger in your heart that is real. Pay attention to it.
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.
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 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.
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 1837 - 1921
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
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 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.
Encouragement Quotes: C
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 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 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 1904 - 1987
Follow your bliss...
and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Albert Camus 1913 - 1960
What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.
Jack Canfield 1944
Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.
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 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 1795 - 1881
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
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.
No pressure.. No diamonds.
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 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 1888 - 1955
and you will be enthusiastic.
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 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 1955
The key to change is to let go of fear.
Carlos Castaneda 1925 - 1998
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
Coco Chanel 1883 - 1971
Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
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 1912 - 2004
Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
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 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.
Deepak Chopra 1946
Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.
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 106BC - 43BC
Where there's life... There's hope.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
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 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 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 1940
The answer to very problem is... to raise your frequency.
Encouragement Quotes: D
Roald Dahl 1916 - 1990
However small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.
It is most unlikely. But.. Here comes the big ‘but’.. not impossible.
Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.
Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.
You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that. Would Columbus have discovered America if he’d said “What if I sink on the way over?” “What if I meet pirates?” “What if I never come back?” He wouldn’t even have started.
You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.
Miles Davis 1926 - 1991
Do not fear mistakes..
There are none.
I believe my eyes were closed to help others see their own true potential.
Johnny Depp 1963
I think the thing to do is to enjoy the ride while you're on it.
If there's any message, it is ultimately that it's okay to be different; that it's good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgement on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different colour.
My mother once told me, when you have to make a decision, imagine the person you want to become someday. Ask yourself, what would that person do?
Benjamin Disraeli 1804 - 1881
There is no education like adversity.
Wayne Dyer 1940 - 2015
Anything you want to succeed in,
you can do.
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having success in your life.
Don't die with your music still in you.
Wayne Dyer 1940 - 2015
I trust that the Universe will provide experiences that match my desires and they will all work out for my Highest Good.
If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities,
if you believe it won't work you will see obstacles.
If you would like to accomplish something...
you must first expect it from yourself.
Listen to your inner knowing.
No storm lasts forever.
The only limits you have are the limits you believe.
The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention.
When you become certain that nothing is impossible for you, you'll attain everything you desire.
With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself, or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow, or an obstacle to keep from growing. You get to choose.
Leroy Van Dyke 1929
it's what you do with... what you've got.
Encouragement Quotes: E
Thomas Edison 1847 - 1931
Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
Albert Einstein 1879 - 1955
I think for months and months, ninety nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right.
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
No problem is ever solved in the same consciousness that was used to create it.
Three rules of work: out of clutter find simplicity, from discord find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890 - 1969
No one can defeat us
unless we first defeat ourselves.
T.S. Eliot 1888 - 1965
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
No matter who we are or what we are trying to accomplish, achieving always begins with our believing.
The sun is my totem. It reminds me that I am a child of light, a Being capable of powerful positive energy. On my darker days it's also a reminder that no matter how difficult this moment may be, the sun always returns to banish the shadows and light the way.
Hal Elrod 1979
Believe in your potential...
not your past.
By focusing on what we can learn from our challenges and how we use them to add value to the lives of others, we can turn any adversity into an advantage.
Have faith in the magic and miracles of life... for only those that do, get to experience them.
I can't think of anything more empowering than the fact that we are destined to be, do and have anything we choose.
Make bold moves toward your dreams each day, refuse to stop and nothing can stop you.
Our level of success is always going to parallel our level of personal development.
Stop thinking... Start doing.
Think less... Do more.
Do the thing... And you will know the way.
The moment you accept responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life, is the moment you gain the power to change ANYTHING in your life.
The number one cause of unfulfilled potential is never deciding that NOW matters more than any other time in your life.
There is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail... only learn, grow and become better than you've ever been before.
When you live with integrity and value your word over your excuses, you have the power to speak your dreams into existence.
Where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.
You must establish and maintain the beliefs that you are capable, committed and destined to achieve your goals.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
Always do what you are afraid to do.
Challenges are what makes life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or makes a better mouse trap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Trust and instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900 - 1944
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work. But rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
The time for action is now. It is never too late to do something.
Encouragement Quotes: F
Federation Of Light-Blossom Goodchild
Onwards… with your hearts wrapped in the arms of Angels.
Ralph Fiennes 1962
Success is about being able to extend love to people. Not in a big capital letter sense, but in the every day, little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.
Ella Fitzgerald 1917 - 1996
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
Fernando Flores 1943
Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.
Henry Ford 1863 - 1947
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.
Emmet Fox 1886 - 1951
If you seem to yourself to be lacking in certain necessary qualities, if your character seems to lack strength, ask God to give you what you need - and He will. You can build any quality into your mentality by meditating upon that quality every day.
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer,
no disease that enough love will not heal,
no door that enough love will not open...
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble,
how hopeless the outlook,
how muddled the tangle,
how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.
Michael J. Fox 1961
Acceptance doesn't mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there's got to be a way through it.
Paula Fox 1923
When I begin a story at my desk, the window to my back, the path is not there. As I start to walk, I make the path.
Anatole France 1844 - 1924
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.
Francis Frangipane 1946
The thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It sees problems and weaknesses as opportunities, struggles as refining tools, and sinners as saints in progress.
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
Even if you have a ton of competitors, no one else will do it quite like you.
The difference between a dreamer and a doer is the amount of action that follows their vision.
With each and every client you help, you change the world.
Morgan Freeman 1937
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
Erich Fromm 1900 - 1980
I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice.
Robert Frost 1874 - 1963
The best way out is always through.
Buckminster Fuller 1895 - 1983
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
Encouragement Quotes: G
Shakti Gawain 1948
We need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel open.
The trials in our lives are not a reason to give up, but rather they are a challenge to improve ourselves, change, evolve and move forward.
David Lloyd George 1863 - 1945
Don’t be afraid to take big steps. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
Kahlil Gibran 1883 - 1931
I shall follow the path to wherever my destiny and my mission for Truth shall take me.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest Souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.
The tree that contrives to cheat life by living in the shade withers when it is removed and replanted in the sun.
When I planted my pain in the field of patience, it bore fruit of happiness.
You progress not through improving what has been done, but by reaching toward what has yet to be done.
Andre Gide 1869 - 1951
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Neville Goddard 1905 - 1972
The difference between FEELING yourself in action, here and now, and visualizing yourself in action, as though you were on a motion-picture screen, is the difference between success and failure.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 - 1832
Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can - Begin it.
Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.
Begin it now.
Vincent van Gogh 1853 - 1890
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
If you hear a voice with you say "You cannot paint" then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Each new effort brings you closer to the one that might really work.
A field of infinite possibilities awaits your claim.
Change your thoughts and your focus and you can literally change your world.
You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.
Edgar Guest 1881 - 1959
Determination is the thing on which you can depend. It plods along without a swing, but gets there in the end.
You are the person who has to decide
Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside
You are the person who makes up your mind
Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind
Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar
Or just be contented to stay where you are
Sometimes, just looking up and seeing the Light is enough.
Encouragement Quotes: H
There is no such thing as success or failure, those are expectations of the mind and are in themselves blockages.
Hafiz 1325 - 1389
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.
The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade. Hope is never so lost that it can't be found.
Alex Haley 1921 - 1992
I wasn’t going to be one of those people who died wondering what if? I would keep putting my dreams to the test - even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadow land of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there.
The way to succeed is never quit. That’s it. But really be humble about it… You start out lowly and humble and you carefully try to learn an accretion of little things that help you get there.
We all suffer. If a man’s wise, he learns from it.
Your attitude is everything. Believe in yourself and trust your material. To be a successful writer, write every single day whether you feel like it or not. Never, never give up, and the world will reward you beyond your wildest dreams.
Thich Nhat Hanh 1926
Because you are alive....
Everything is possible.
Henry John Heinz 1844 - 1919
To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.
Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
To be a star...
You must shine your own light, follow your own path and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.
Edmund Hillary 1919 - 2008
It is not the mountain that we conquer...
Conrad Hilton 1887 - 1979
Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 - 1894
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Elbert Hubbard 1856 - 1915
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Your example is far more influential and inspiring than any words of instruction, or threats, or even words of encouragement.
Francis Hutcheson 1694 - 1746
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.
Encouragement Quotes: I
Daisaku Ikeda 1928
Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.