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 are listed alphabetically on surnames
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.
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.
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.
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.
Francis Bacon 1561 - 1626
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
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.
Josh Billings 1818 - 1885
Be like a postage stamp...
stick to one thing till you get there.
William Blake 1779 - 1850
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
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.
If you spot an opportunity and are really excited by it,
throw yourself into it with everything you've got.
I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.
How 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.
The road to success is 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.
David Brinkley 1920 - 2003
A successful man is one who can
lay firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
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.
Robert Browning 1812 - 1889
A man's reach should exceed his grasp
or what's a heaven for?
John Burroughs 1837 - 1921
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
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.
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.
Joseph Campbell 1904 - 1987
Follow your bliss...
and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marie du Deffand 1697 - 1780
The distance is nothing,
it is only the first step that is difficult.
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.
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.
If you would like to accomplish something...
you must first expect it from yourself.
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.
Thomas Edison 1847 - 1931
Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait.
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.
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.
Believe in your potential...
not your past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
Robert Frost 1874 - 1963
The best way out is always through.
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.
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
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
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.
Sometimes, just looking up and seeing the Light is enough.
The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade.
Hope is never so lost that it can't be found.
Thich Nhat Hanh 1926
Because you are alive....
Everything is possible.
Napoleon Hill 1883 - 1970
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.
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