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100 Quotes of Encouragement to Help Keep You Going

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Each and every one of us needs words of encouragement from time to time.

We may feel bad that something did not go as planned, or we may be struggling with why something did not work. We may not understand why we were passed up for the promotion this time, or why people did not respond with enthusiasm to something we were sure they were going to love.

No matter the reason, sometimes all it takes are some quotes of encouragement to remind us that it is all going to be OK; that we will figure things out, and that everything really does happen for a purpose.

Below is a list of quotes from people far better than I, at providing you the motivation and inspiration that you need to lift you up and get you headed in the right direction.

Encouraging quotes for when life gets tough

1.) “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

2.) “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

 

 

3.) “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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

 

4.) “Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

 

5.) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

 

6.) “I’ve always loved journaling as a way to clear my mind. Whether I’m traveling or at home, the first thing I do when I wake up is pull out my notebook and record positive things that have happened to me as well as uplifting thoughts.” –  Gloria Reuben

 

7.) “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

 

8.) “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.” – Bruce Barton

 

9.) “Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

10.) “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

 

11.) “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

 

12.) “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

 

13.) “When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.” – Byron Katie

 

14.) “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy.” – Groucho Marx

 

15.) “Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus

 

16.) “‘Precious’ is strangely uplifting. It goes down into the valley but it also goes to the mountain tops. A lot of difficult realities are explored in ‘Precious,’ but the peaks make the valleys and the valleys make the peaks.” – Geoffrey S. Fletcher

 

17.)“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

 

18.) “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

 

19.) “A constructive, useful life, good works, and good relationships are as valid as writing poetry or inventing a machine. Anything that one does well and obtains satisfaction from is a good enough reason for living. To be a decent human being that people like and feel better for knowing is enough.” – Robert Gould

 

20.) “A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein

 

21.) “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain

 

22.) “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” – Henry Rollins

 

23.) “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill

 

24.) “Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” – Ralph Marston

 

25.) “Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” – L.M. Montgomery

 

26.) “‘I Won’ is not a love song. It’s just me uplifting women in general. I’m giving women the power to treat themselves as a trophy – to show that and know it in yourself and be confident – because when they do that, whoever they’re with is winning.” – Nayvadius Cash

 

27.) “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernandez

 

28.) “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

 

29.) “Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.” – Alice Walker

 

30.) “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

 

31.) “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

 

32.) “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

 

33.) “Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” – Ralph Marston

 

34.) “Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.” – Sheena Iyengar

 

35.) “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

 

36.) “I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That’s how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other.” – Ben Kingsley

 

37.) “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

 

38.) “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

 

39.) “We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” – Mary Dunbar

 

40.) “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

 

41.) “If I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino

 

42.) “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” – Max Ehrmann

 

43. “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

44.) “A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that’s what separates a life story that can influence other people.” – Mitch Albom

 

45.) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

 

46.) “In my books and in romance as a genre, there is a positive, uplifting feeling that leaves the reader with a sense of encouragement and hope for a brighter future – or a brighter present.” – Debbie Macomber

 

47.) “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

 

48.) “Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.” – Steve Martin

 

49.“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.” – Clement Stone

 

50.) “You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.” – Joel Osteen

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51.) “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

 

52.) “Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” – Christopher Reeve

 

53.) “The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

54.) “Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” – Aretha Franklin

 

55.) “Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.” – Helen Keller

 

56.) “I was recently asked about the business side of ‘Biggest Loser,’ but as long as we entertain people, we can keep coming back and making a difference. It’s a delicate balance, but one feeds off the other. I feel so good about the show – it’s uplifting and inspiring and entertaining at the same time.” – Alison Sweeney

 

57.) “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

 

58.) “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

 

59.) “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habit.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

60.) “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns

 

61.) “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

 

62.) “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

 

63.) “Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” – William Arthur Ward

 

64.) “Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few. It’s equally humbling and uplifting.” – Michael Stipe

 

65.) “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

 

66.) “The more the panic grows, the more uplifting the image of a man who refuses to bow to the terror.” – Ernst Junger

 

67.) “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” – Albert Einstein

 

68.) “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

69.) “The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.” – Bono

 

70.) “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell

 

71.) “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller

 

72.) “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington

 

73.) “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

 

74.) “I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood.” – Yaya DaCosta

 

75.) “In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

 

76.) “Listening to music is such an uplifting, spiritual thing. It’s far-fetched to some – I understand that. But the way dance music brings people together, it’s not a big stretch from hymns.” – Kaskade

 

77.) “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

 

78.) “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

 

79.) “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

 

80.) “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

81.) “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

 

82.) “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

83.) “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

84.) “What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.” – Adam Braun

 

85.) “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

86.) “An uplifting sense of purpose is more than an impetus for individual accomplishment, it is also a necessary insurance policy against expediency and impropriety.” – Gary Hamel

 

87.) “Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

 

88.) “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

89. “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightingale

 

90.) “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles R.

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91.) “The first step is you have to say that you can.” – Will Smith

 

92.) “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

 

93.) “How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

94.) “I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting, when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

95.) “Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill

 

96.) “It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important.” – Ian Mcewan

 

97.) “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

98.) “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – Christopher Reeve

 

99.) “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

 

100.) “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

 

It’s normal to feel down and out sometimes. But rest assured that whatever it is that you’re facing now, you’ll be alright. Things have a way of resolving themselves when we least expect it. So just keep your chin up and keep these quotes of encouragement in your pocket (or tablet). 😉