If you're having trouble finding the right words to show your support to a friend or family member who is working toward a goal or going through a difficult time, YourDictionary's selection of encouraging quotes can help. We've collected words of wisdom from some of history's most notable figures, offering the perfect advice for any occasion.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
American actress, comedienne, singer, and writer
Listen. I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn't get better. You get better.joan rivers
Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.steve martin
There is mercy in every place, And mercy, encouraging thought! Gives even affliction a grace And reconciles man to his lot.william cowper
Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.thornton wilder
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves; let us be above such transparent egotism. If you can't say good and encouraging things, say nothing. Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.will durant
The salvation of the world depends on the men who will not take evil good-humouredly, and whose laughter destroys the fool instead of encouraging him.George Bernard Shaw
It is necessary to surround a child with love, support, and encouragement on every side, in every endeavor.colin powell
Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.neil degrasse tyson
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.helen keller
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.eleanor roosevelt
The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.Amy gatliff
Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.John C. Maxwell
Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.Stephanie lahart
Some people can't believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.sean Maguire
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.Jeremiah
Encouraging quotes can take many forms. Some remind us of the importance of making moral choices or of being persistent when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Others urge us to pursue specific talents or passions in order to lead a more fulfilling life.
In some cases, encouraging quotations tell us to turn to faith in God. By trusting that there is a higher purpose to obstacles and struggles, one is able to persevere no matter what the future holds. "Like sacrifices, prayer is intended to change man, not God. Its purpose is to cultivate a contrite heart, to promote feelings of humility and inadequacy in man, whilst encouraging reliance on Divine assistance," Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits said.
Sayings about encouragement often point to the value of kind words when someone is struggling. They stress the importance of choosing your words carefully and setting a good example for those around you. Four star General and former United States National Security Advisor Colin Powell believes it's especially important to provide young people with the encouragement they need to reach their full potential. "It is necessary to surround a child with love, support, and encouragement on every side, in every endeavor,” he said.