When life gets tough, encouraging quotes will keep you inspired and lift your spirit.
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Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe
For what it’s worth it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Alexander Graham Bell
When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. Carol Burnett
Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn
Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!” Audrey Hepburn
I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
There is nothing impossible to they who will try. Alexander the Great
Don’t save your best for when you think the material calls for it. Always bring your full potential to every take, and be on top of your job, or they will replace you. Gabrielle Union
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. Kenji Miyazawa
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson
Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. Michael Altshuler
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank
Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go. Nicole Kidman
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus
Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
Encouraging Quotes For Hard Times
Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in. When you are in your rocking chair talking to your grandchildren many years from now, be sure you have a good story to tell. Amal Clooney
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. Bruce Barton
You make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You draw your own box. Duchess Meghan
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
I just want you to know that if you are out there and you are being really hard on yourself right now for something that has happened it’s normal. That is what is going to happen to you in life. No one gets through unscathed. We are all going to have a few scratches on us. Please be kind to yourselves and stand up for yourself, please. Taylor Swift
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
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
You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script. Oprah Winfrey
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
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you’re living your life doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you’re comfortable with it. Dr. Phil
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
People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life. Carrie Ann Moss
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end. Michelle Obama
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
Spread love everywhere you go. Mother Teresa
Powerful Encouraging Quotes
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
Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put some sunglasses on. Lady Gaga
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain
If you make your internal life a priority, then everything else you need on the outside will be given to you and it will be extremely clear what the next step is. Gabrielle Bernstein
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
You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. Mandy Hale
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Napoleon Hill
You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are. Kesha
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Brene Brown
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. L.M. Montgomery
I’m going to be gone one day, and I have to accept that tomorrow isn’t promised. Am I OK with how I’m living today? It’s the only thing I can help. If I didn’t have another one, what have I done with all my todays? Am I doing a good job? Hayley Williams
Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. Mario Fernandez
I am experienced enough to do this. I am knowledgeable enough to do this. I am prepared enough to do this. I am mature enough to do this. I am brave enough to do this. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in Knock Down The House
Belief creates the actual fact. William James
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. John Lennon
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society
Short Encouraging Quotes
Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. Alice Walker
I’m not going to continue knocking that old door that doesn’t open for me. I’m going to create my own door and walk through that. Ava DuVernay
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle
The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
Not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness. Marie Forleo
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
Weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment. Marianne Cantwell
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.
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. Ella Fitzgerald
Press on nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.
Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me. Marlee Matlin
The best revenge is massive success.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi
It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it. Vince Lombardi
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman
Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.
Encouraging Quotes to Help Keep You Going
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that 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
I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.
All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. Earl Nightingale
When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there.
I care about decency and humanity and kindness. Kindness today is an act of rebellion. Pink
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou
Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese Proverb
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
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.
Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come. Ellen DeGeneres
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement and we will make the goal. Jerome Fleishman
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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.
Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied. Dwayne The Rock Johnson
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche
Nobody built like you, you design yourself. Jay-Z
Encouraging Quotes to Lift You Up
When written in Chinese the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. John F. Kennedy
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
I tell myself, ‘You’ve been through so much, you’ve endured so much, time will allow me to heal, and soon this will be just another memory that made me the strong woman, athlete, and mother I am today. Serena Williams
There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. Washington Irving
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau
God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.
Our lives are stories in which we write, direct and star in the leading role. Some chapters are happy while others bring lessons to learn, but we always have the power to be the heroes of our own adventures. Joelle Speranza
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. Rainer Rilke
If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.
Don’t try to lessen yourself for the world; let the world catch up to you. Beyoncé
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. John Aughey
Faith is love taking the form of aspiration. William Ellery Channing
Never regret something that once made you smile. Amber Deckers
Dreams don’t have to just be dreams. You can make it a reality; if you just keep pushing and keep trying, then eventually you’ll reach your goal. And if that takes a few years, then that’s great, but if it takes 10 or 20, then that’s part of the process. Naomi Osaka
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. Oprah Winfrey
We are not our best intentions. We are what we do. Amy Dickinson
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. Edmund Burke