205 Encouraging Quotes for Women or Men, Students and Kids

Often times in life we face all kinds of challenges, disappointments, heartbreaks etc and most times we tend to give up in life. Sometimes we wake up in the morning to discover that our mood has suddenly shifted from that happy state it was last night to a moody state without any reason, it happens in life but you can actually control it. Here are some encouraging quotes to help you get out of that moody state and start off with a blast!

Encouraging Quotes For Women and Men

1. “She who kneels before God can stand before anyone.” (Unknown)

2. Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the…. place where it leads.
— Erica

3. Goals are dreams with — Diana Schart

4. I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can — Helen Keller

5. “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” (Billy Graham)

6. “Preach the Gospel, if necessary, use words!” (Author Unknown)

7. “If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.” (Vance Havner)

8. It’s beauty that captures your attention, but personality that captures your heart. — Anon

9. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. — Lena Horne

10. I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it. — Margaret Thatcher

11. You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. — Diana Ross

12. You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy. — Lydia M. Child

13. You must do the think you think you cannot do -Eleanor Roosevelt

14. 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. — Pam Brown

15. The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. — Martha Washington

16. The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right. — Hannah Whitall Smith

17. Men have the grand vision, and they pass it on to somebody else to put into practice. Women follow the details more, they want to know that it is being put into practice.
— Mary Eugenia Charles

18. Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone should be. — Clementine Paddleford

19. Nothing in life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it. — Ellen Glasgow

20. We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act. — Charlotte Lunsford

21. Well-behaved women rarely make history. — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

22. When we have the courage to speak out – to break our silence – we inspire the rest of the “moderates” in our communities to speak up and voice their views. — Sharon Schuster

23. I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word and thought throughout our lifetime. — Elisabethe Kubler-Ross

24. I can do no great things, only small things with great love. — Mother Teresa

25. I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude. — Judith M. Knowlton

26. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
(Martin Luther King Jr)

27. “God understands our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them.” (Unknown)

28. “Every evening I turn my troubles over to God – He’s going to be up all night anyway.” (Donald J. Morgan)

29. “Be assured, if you walk with Him (God) and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail.”
(George Mueller)

30. “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” (Charles Wesley)

31. “When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn’t that the best position from which to pray?” (Anonymous)

32. “You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God.” (Unknown)

33. “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

34. “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

35. Of all things you wear, your expression is the most important. — Anon

36. So celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.
— Mia Hamm

37.Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. — Author Unknown

38. “Anything big enough to occupy our minds is big enough to hang a prayer on.” (George MacDonald)

39. “Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done.” (C.S.Lewis)

40. want to be all that I am capable of becoming.– Katherine Mansfield

41. “The measure of a life, after all, is not the duration, but it’s donation.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

42. “When Satan reminds us of our past, we should remind him of his future.” (Author Unknown)

43. “Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer.” (Ed Cole)

44. If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. — Margaret Thatcher

45. If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. — Anita Roddick

46. I’m not happy, I’m cheerful. There’s a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them. — Beverly Sills

47. Influence follows close upon the heels of character; and whatever we are, that we shall in the end be acknowledged to be. — Caroline Dall

48. Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we’ve learned and create something. — Liz Carpenter

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Encouragement Quotes for Work

49. “On the plane home I remember thinking that I am who I am because I have faith in myself, and it has always been the possibility of emotionally rewarding the experiences that has encouraged me to gamble on myself; those experiences have made all that I do worthwhile.”

50. “The smallest of actions is always better than the boldest of intentions.” Robin Sharma

51. “If the grass looks greener on the other side, it is probably astroturf.”
Nicky Gumbel

52. “Four steps to achievement: plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently. William Arthur Ward

53. “It’s amazing how far you will get by just staying with something long enough. Most people give up too early.”

54. “Keep moving forward on the journey, making the best of the detours and interruptions, turning adversity into advantage.”

55. “Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.”
Saint Thomas Aquinas

56. I’ve discovered a beautiful paradox: giving others what you yourself need can be potent medicine for your own life.

57. “If it feels like your life has become a nasty, brackish puddle of water, never forget that you do possess the power to transform it into a beautiful, rushing stream that will carry you to enlightenment.”

58. “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.”
Robert Collier

59.”…words can be a powerful healing tool if used with loving intention, to uplift, encourage and inspire.”  John McLeod

60. “Each day is a new life. Each moment is really a new life. What we call memories are really present thoughts. What we call anticipations are really present thoughts. No one has ever lived in any moment except the present.”

61. “Remember this always – you are going through this you will not stay in this circumstance.” Donna Schmier, Unshakable Faith

62. “Believe in yourself. You must do that which you think you cannot.”

63. “Most people claim that they feel like they’re trapped in a rat race, without an exit. While we can all feel this way from time to time, it’s important to know that there is a way out.”

64. “When you feel like giving up, like calling it quits, just try one more time – do that little bit more.”

65. “Life can change in a moment, so we must appreciate every single day we are given.”

66. “You must rise above present discouragement and keep driving steadily and cheerfully forward, as all great persons have had to do.”

67. “With our own shortcomings, we are in no position to judge anyone else. The best way to forget the faults of others is to remember our own.”

68. “Every second you dwell on the past you steal from your future. Every minute you spend focusing on your problems you take away time  from finding your solutions.”

69. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Jack Layton

70. “There’s much you can’t change, but there’s something important you can change: you.” Rick Warren

71. “Give children encouragement, they will gain confidence, they will perform better.” M. K. Soni

72. “We do learn something about ourselves when we are up against the wall, and we do most certainly come out stronger.”

73. “We want to add beliefs that build us up, encourage us and support us. We want beliefs that are ‘the wind beneath our wings’, causing us to soar and to be all we can be.”

74. “The brain cannot process the information you learned during the day while you are awake. You need to be asleep.”

75. “We are all valuable. We are all worthy. Just the fact that we were born makes us all precious and unique.”

76. “You’re never beaten until you admit it.”
George S. Patton

77. “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey

78. “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.” Elvis Presley

79. “If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.”

80. “Even when you can’t feel deep in your heart any words of encouragement, just believe in your dream and your heart will finally show you the way.”

81. “Giving someone encouraging words can sometimes mean more than a material gift. Those encouraging words can be just the influence the person may have needed to continue.”

82. “One minute of encouragement has more impact than an hour of preaching.

83. “The more you practice stepping into other peoples’ shoes, the more you’ll experience the results and benefits. This encourages and inspires you to do it even more.”
Wendy Hearn

84. “Successful achievers don’t necessarily follow a path, they make one.”

85. “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

86. “You are the only one who can make it happen for you. Others can support and encourage you, but you have to find the energy within in order to step into the centre of your own life and take charge.”

87. “We don’t have to wait for something nice to happen to us, we can be aggressive and do something nice for ourselves.”

88. “It seems that success is not acquired by doing what we want to do but doing the tasks necessary to make it happen. ”

89. “Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.” Robert Martin

90. “If you want to dismiss a negative thought, the only way to do so is to think of something positive and constructive.”

91. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

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92. “Sometimes the greatest encouragement one can receive is the discouragement of a nonbeliever.”
Michelle C. Ustaszeski

93. “The secret to happiness. . . be satisfied and be grateful. Mitch Albom

94. “True contentment comes with empathy.” Tim Finn

95. “The middle of the road is a poor place to walk. It is a poor place to drive. It is a poor place to live.” Vance Havner

96. “Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!” Nicky Gumbel

97. “It’s amazing what eliminating energy drains can do to our mood. Remember how good you felt when you finally went through your closet and cleaned out the old clothes that you were sure you’d wear again someday?” Cheryl Richardson

98. “How often do we hesitate to pursue our dreams because we feel deficient in talent, knowledge, or experience – the perceived roots of success. But chances are that we carry untapped strengths and abilities which, when enfolded within the mist of optimism, can conspire to accomplish marvellous things.”

99. “Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Pray. Trust God. Enjoy life. Don’t let the little things get you down.” Nicky Gumble

100. “As time passes, you will look back with twenty-twenty hindsight, and you will say, ‘Thank God He did not answer my prayers’ or ‘Thank God He answered my prayers,’ whichever the case may be.” Greg Laurie

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101. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

102. “The human will is an amazing thing. Time after time, it has triumphed against unbelievable odds.”

103. “Sometimes you trust someone who turns out not to be honest. There are a lot of things that happen in life that doesn’t turn out the way you’re given the impression that they will. And I think that’s all kind of a con. But I think we’ve probably all been hurt.”
Sigourney Weaver

104. “That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.”
Richard Bach

105. “When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.” Saint Francis de Sales

106. “Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.”  Max Ehrmann

107. “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt

108. “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” Emory Austin

Funny Encouraging Quotes for Kids

109. Follow your dreams, except for the one where you’re naked in church – Rev. David Ault

110. It’s good to shut up sometimes – Marcel Marceau (famous mime)

111. You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself- Sam Levenson

112. It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water – Franklin P. Jones

113. A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey – Dolly Parton

114. You must pay for your sins, If you have already paid, please ignore this notice – Sam Levenson

115. I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened – Will Rogers

116. Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest – Mark Twain

117. When I hear someone sigh that life is hard, I am tempted to ask, ‘compared to what?’
– Sydney Harris

118. One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget – Franklin P. Jones

119. Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted – Martin Luther King, Jr.

120. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club – Jack London

121. Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous – Albert Einstein

122. There is a dearth of mirth on the earth – Bill Nelson

123. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything – Mark Twain

124. There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded – Mark Twain

125. Write a wise saying and your name will live forever – Anonymous

126. When you’re out of willpower you call on stubbornness, that’s the trick – Henri Matisse

127. Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example – La Rochefoucauld

128. If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck – Elvis Presley

129. The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it – Franklin P. Jones

130. If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right – Jules Renard

131. When you battle with your conscience and lose, you win – Henny Youngman

132. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake – Napoleon Bonaparte

133. Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not – Vaclav Havel

134. I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell – Harry S Truman

135. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand – Mark Twain

136. There are two ways to pass a hurdle: leaping over or ploughing through… There needs to be a monster truck option – Jeph Jacques

137. Laughter is a weapon of mass construction – Kat Caverly

138. Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

139. A good time for laughing is when you can – Jessamyn West

140. In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is – Chuck Reid

141. Live each day like it’s your second to the last. That way you can fall asleep at night – Jason Love ‏@jasonlovetwit

142. It’s okay to look at the past and the future. Just don’t stare – Anonymous

143. Don’t mind your make-up, you’d better make your mind up – Frank Zappa

144. Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room – Winston Churchill

145. Money won’t make you happy … but everybody wants to find out for themselves – Zig Ziglar

146. People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing – Will Rogers

147. It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips – Fred Allen

148. You can’t have everything. Where would you put it – Steven Wright

149. You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward. – James Thurber

150. Hating people is like burning down your own home to get rid of a rat – Harry Emerson Fosdick

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151. The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do – Galileo Galilei

152. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it – Dwight Eisenhower

153. Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history – George Bernard Shaw

154. Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger – Franklin P. Jones

155. I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened – Mark Twain

156. I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know – Mark Twain

Encouraging Quotes For Work

157. “When I meet successful people I ask about 100 questions to find out who they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.”– Kiana Tom

158. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”– Louis Pasteur

159. “I don’t have a blue-collar job. It’s more of a green collar, because of all the yellow sweat stains mixing in.”– Jarod Kintz

160. “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”– Calvin Coolidge

161. “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Suskind

162. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
– Jimmy Johnson

163. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”– Thomas Jefferson

164. “I have learned that real angels don’t have gossamer white robes and Cherubic skin, they have calloused hands and smell of the days’ sweat.”– Richard Evans

165“Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.”– Sanjo Jendayi

166. “Sometimes it takes a lowly, title-less man to humble the world. Kings, rulers, CEOs, judges, doctors, pastors, they are already expected to be greater and wiser.”– Criss Jami

167. “Work hard and be patient. The rest will follow.”– Unknown

168. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”– Saint Francis

169. If you’re just not “feeling it” today, don’t feel bad. It happens to all of us – even the greats.

170. “If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.”– Joyce Chapman

171. “I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for.”– Criss Jami

172. “Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.”– Robert Hall

173. “Patience can be bitter but her fruit is always sweet.”– Habeeb Akande

174. “If you don’t burn out at the end of each day, you’re a bum.”– George Lois

175. “If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.”– Orson Scott Card

176. “Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”– Joseph Barbara

177. “Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.”– Helena Rubinstein

178. “No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.”– Jonathan Sacks

179. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”– Harry Golden

180. “I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.” – Michael Jordan

181. “Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect.” – Luther Campbell

182. “Hard work helps. It has never killed anyone.”– Unknown

183. “The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.” – John Ruskin

184. “You learn the value of hard work by working hard.” – Unknown

185. “Nothing in life comes easy.”– Unknown

186. “Change is hard work.” – Billy Crystal

187. “Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” – Haile Gebrselassie

188. “If you work hard and study hard. And you fuck up. That’s okay. If you fuck up and you fuck up, then you’re a fuck up.” – Justin Halpern

189. “Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.” – Paul Coffey

190. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

191. “If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now.” – Jarod Kintz

192. “Too many irons, not enough fire.” – S. Kelley Harrell

193. “A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.” – Mildred Struven

194. “You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.”– Saji Ijiyemi

195. “Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.” – Helen Hanson

196. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

197. “No one ever drowned in sweat.” – USMC Officer

198. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

199. “Do the things you like to be happier, stronger & more successful. Only so is hard work replaced by dedication.”– Rossana Condoleo

200. “Only cooked time tastes well.”– Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed

201. “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”– Benjamin Franklin

202. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”– Colin Powell

203. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”4– Indira Gandhi

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204. “Embrace the pain to inherit the gain.”– Habeeb Akande

205. “Talent is what God gives us, Skill is what we give back to Him.”– Eliel Pierre

206. “Everything yields to diligence.”– Thomas Jefferson

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CJ Stanley
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CJ is a voracious learner, especially when it has to do with infotech. He loves good food and when he is not surfing the web, he is trying out some strange but amazing food combinations.


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