260 Encouraging Quotes That Will Boost Your Mood

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Here are 260 of the best encouraging quotes I could find. I hope you’ll discover a few lines that will keep you strong and inspired. We all need a word of encouragement from time to time, isn’t it?

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I’m proud of you. I hope that you are proud of you too. Fred Rogers

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You’re tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don’t let your feet stop. Haruki Murakami

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Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up. Brittany Burgunder

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Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success. Shane Parrish

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No matter what, just keep going. Maxime Lagacé

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. C.S. Lewis

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But if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach. Marcus Aurelius

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You can make a difference, and you can make it now. You can make a difference, in your own life, in your family, your community, your world. Ralph Marston

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Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

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“You’re going to be happy”, said life, “but first I’ll make you strong”. Paulo Coelho

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Relax. One bad chapter does not mean it’s the end of the book. Paulo Coelho

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Progress is almost never linear. Ups and downs and bursts. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Every day of our lives, we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference. Mignon McLaughlin

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You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day. Marian Wright Edelman

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Perhaps I am stronger than I think. Thomas Merton

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The Best Encouraging Quotes

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Don’t worry about all of the steps. Begin. Bob Goff Click to tweet

It’s okay to feel lost, to feel pain, to feel hopeless. What’s not okay is thinking life will be easy. Stay strong. Maxime Lagacé

I will keep preaching this to myself and others: there are no problems, only projects. David Allen

It is totally unproductive to think the world has been unfair to you. Every tough stretch is an opportunity. Charlie Munger

Throughout your life you will encounter tedious situations, and you must cultivate the ability to handle them with discipline. Robert Greene (Mastery)

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place. Paulo Coelho

There are days that life is about dreams, goals, brightness. And there are days that life is just about putting foot in front of the other and continue walking – there is nothing wrong about this. Paulo Coelho

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. 14th Dalai Lama

Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak. Fred Rogers

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The path through trouble is always made a step at a time, a breath at a time, a day at a time. Jack Kornfield

Not seeing results? Feel like giving up? Consider this: the last thing to grow on a fruit tree… is the fruit. Doing amazing sh*t takes time. You want that fruit you gotta stay after it. Tom Bilyeu

It’s not too late to recover. You’re young, you’re tough. You’re adaptable. You can patch up your wounds, lift your head, and move on. Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore)

Get a move on…Don’t worry whether anyone will give you credit for it…Be satisfied with even the smallest progress, and treat the outcome of it all as unimportant. Marcus Aurelius

The only way that you’re ever going to get to the other side of this journey is by suffering. You have to suffer in order to grow. Some people get it, some people don’t. David Goggins

If you haven’t started, then taking action is more important than finding the best strategy. If you’re already taking action, then ensuring you’re working on the right thing is more important than working harder. Your effort sets your floor. Your strategy sets your ceiling. James Clear

Remember: everything hard will be painful, but just because there is pain doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Justin Kan

One of the most important skills I’ve built is the ability to sit with discomfort. Being able to be uncomfortable (bored, on the receiving end of anger, in pain) and not needing to escape has changed my happiness and my life. Justin Kan

The first step to overcoming failure is to fully admit you have failed. Admitting it will put your mind at ease and help you to see what you ought to do next. Haemin Sunim

When we look at our lives as a whole, our current difficulty is like a cloud. Although large, it will soon pass. Haemin Sunim

Pick your one overwhelming desire. It’s okay to suffer over that one. Naval Ravikant

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The Most Famous Encouraging Quotes (Dalai Lama, Einstein, Goethe, etc.)

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This too shall pass. Unknown Click to tweet

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones. Augustine of Hippo

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

There’s value in disaster. All our mistakes burned up. Thank god we can start again. Thomas A. Edison

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. Michel de Montaigne

No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today. Jack Kornfield

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. 14th Dalai Lama

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them. Eminem

Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life. William Shakespeare

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path. Paulo Coelho

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Albert Camus

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou

It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. J.K. Rowling

Instruction does much, but encouragement everything. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. Carl Jung

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller

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Courage, dear heart. C.S. Lewis

One day at a time. Haruki Murakami Click to tweet

Hope springs forever. J.K. Rowling

Inhale courage. Exhale fear. Mel Robbins

What a difference a day makes. Haruki Murakami

He who limps is still walking. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Within you are so many answers. Douglas Pagels

If it’s not okay, it’s not over. Haruka Murakami

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

Where you are, is not who you are. Unknown

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Encouragement is oxygen for the soul. John C. Maxwell

The nature of this flower is to bloom. Alice Walker

The beginnings of all things are small. Cicero Click to tweet

You’re not too old and it’s not too late. Lori Deschesne

Your largest fear carries your greatest growth. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

You can climb that mountain, you can reach the top. Maxime Lagacé

Stay humble, do your best, and the rest will follow. Justin Kan

Your doubts create mountains, but your actions move them. Mel Robbins

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Inspirational, Motivational And Positive Encouraging Quotes

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Don’t wait for a time when you’re free of fear. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Gabby Bernstein

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir Click to tweet

For everyone who’s been afraid to step up… this is for you. Decide to do it and the Universe will support you. Gabby Bernstein

Cultivate a fearless approach to life, attack everything with boldness and energy. Robert Greene

Reaching your dream will be tough. The road will be long and dark. But in the end, it will be worth it. Maxime Lagacé

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Rick Warren

If you want something, start working for it now. Don’t wait for anything. The clock is ticking. Joe De Sana

You’re tired. You’re stressed. You’re mentally and physically drained. You feel alone. Struggling with the present, uncertain of the future. Life sucks right now. You’ll be fine. I promise…It gets better. Just keep moving forward. Ralph Napolitano

You can be ten times what you are today at anything. And the only thing that holds you back is disciplined effort and a refusal to quit. Tom Bilyeu

Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds. Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. Doug Firebaugh

Courage is not a state. It’s an action that you need to practice everyday. When you practice everyday, you feel proud, powerful, build authentic pride in yourself, and create real confidence. Mel Robbins

There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail, there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out no matter how dark the world becomes. Leo Tolstoy

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. John C. Maxwell

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be. Stephen R. Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

When you have something you want to do in your life: Just fuc*ing do it. Don’t second guess yourself, don’t overthink it. Go with your instincts and have a bias to action. Justin Kan

Some people spend their whole lives waiting for the sound of a starting gun that never goes off. Don’t wait. Pull the trigger yourself. The Stoic Emperor

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See also: Keep going (Inspiring YouTube video by The School of Life)

Funny Encouraging Quotes

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Replace every “what if” with “why the hell not?” Mel Robbins Click to tweet

So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great. Unknown

There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes. Charles Spurgeon

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott

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Courage in the path is what makes the path manifest itself. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet

You either walk inside your own story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness. Brené Brown

What if everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for? Justin Perry

We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree – deeply rooted to withstand all of life’s upheavals. Dodinsky

The more you hope, the more you suffer. The more you suffer and keep going, the closer you get to your goal. Maxime Lagacé

The darkest night that ever fell upon the earth never hid the light, never put out the stars. It only made the stars more keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest against the darkness. George Eliot

We deserve some respect. You deserve some respect. You are important to other people, as much as to yourself. You have some vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world. Jordan Peterson

Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility. Hold yourself accountable. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. And finally, make your dreams come true. David Goggins

Don’t you know that day dawns after night, showers displace drought, and spring and summer follow winter? Then, have hope! Hope forever, for God will not fail you! Charles Spurgeon

God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. Henry Ward Beecher

Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. Neil deGrasse Tyson

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut

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Effort, not genetics, is within your control. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. Lucy Maud Montgomery

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better. Wendell Phillips

Nobody starts with all the answers. The path to the summit is not fully visible from base camp. James Clear

A fool’s answer is to work harder. A wise man stops, reflects, and simply takes the right direction. Maxime Lagacé

Have patience. Wait until the mud settles and the water is clear. Remain unmoving until right action arises by itself. Lao Tzu

Do not struggle. Go with the flow of things, and you will find yourself at one with the mysterious unity of the Universe. Zhuangzi

On the path to successful action, we will fail – possibly many times. And that’s okay. It can be a good thing, even. Action and failure are two sides of the same coin. One doesn’t come without the other. Ryan Holiday

Dispelling dread isn’t a matter of trying to forget about washing dishes. It is realizing that in actual fact you only have one dish to wash, ever: this one; only one step to take, ever: this one. And that is Zen. Alan Watts

When life is good, do not take it for granted. It will pass. When life falls apart, this too will pass. Life will have its unexpected turns. Ajahn Brahm

Learn from your past experiences, but don’t get stuck in them. Your past should be a teacher, not a jailer. Don’t squander the present dueling with the shadows of the past. This moment is alive with possibility. The Stoic Emperor

Accepting the inevitable is the beginning of strength and freedom. Embrace all chaos that is out of your control. This is how it is. Why should it be otherwise? Move the levers that are within your grasp. Sharpen the blade of will. Strike with precision. Accept and endure. The Stoic Emperor

Nothing is ever as it seems. What looks bad today, can be a blessing tomorrow. Iyanla Vanzant

Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold. Joseph Campbell

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See also: Resilience In Hard Times (YouTube video by The School of Life)

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Encouraging Quotes About Life And Hope

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If you really want to change your life, start immediately. Osho Click to tweet

Hope is a passion for the possible. Søren Kierkegaard (Fear and Trembling)

You can’t change your future if you don’t have hope. You can’t change your life if you don’t take action. Maxime Lagacé

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. Bernard Baruch

Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way. Jenni Young

Some days, doing “the best we can” may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else. Fred Rogers

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime. Emily Dickinson

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu

As much as it is necessary to be hard on yourself when you’re acting weak – it’s necessary to pat yourself on the back when you perform well. Life Math Money

Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. Bob Goff

The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter. Paulo Coelho (Veronika Decides to Die)

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore

It’s okay not to be okay – as long as you are not giving up. Karen Salmansohn

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Encouraging Quotes About Courage, Strength, Tough Times

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Screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail. William Shakespeare (Macbeth) Click to tweet

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor. Aristotle

Failure is success in progress. Albert Einstein

It takes errors to see what you’re doing incorrectly. It takes courage to try again and succeed. Maxime Lagacé

Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right. Marian Wright Edelman

When you get through this, you are going to be something else… a better, stronger you! Iyanla Vanzant

You tried? Try harder. It hurt? Get hurt again. You failed? Fail again. You lost? Lose again. You’ll never win until you learn to lose and keep moving forward. Ralph Napolitano

Courage is your birthright. It’s inside each and every one of us. You were born with it, and you can tap into it anytime you want. Mel Robbins

Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them. Lucy Maud Montgomery

If you’re in a tough situation or facing difficulty, try reframing the issue into a positive that works in your favor. Bad breakup? Good, now you have more time to work on yourself. Failed a test? Good, now you can study harder and learn more. Bad becomes good. Paul Domenick

Remembering what you’ve been through and how that has strengthened your mindset can lift you out of a negative brain loop and help you bypass those weak, one-second impulses to give in. David Goggins

At the end of the day, hard work may not be enough. You still may fail. But you keep going out there and go after it. David Goggins

Always ask what the universe is trying to teach you. Especially when it is punching you in the face! Justin Kan

We are trained to think life progresses linearly. It isn’t: we experience setbacks all the time. Injuries while training for a marathon, upset customers or lost sales, bad days on the path to enlightenment. Don’t be discouraged: everyone trips up some of the time. Justin Kan

No matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you can always turn around. Unknown

When you are going through difficult times, remember: you might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you’re still here. That is a victory. Show your happiness and celebrate your ability to go forward. Paulo Coelho

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe

Never give in… never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill

Any kind of encounter with adversity or limitation, at any age, can serve as the crucible for forging the attitude [of fearlessness]. Robert Greene

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. Horace

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down, and got back up again. Nelson Mandela

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See also: How to be Courageous (by Susan Cain, quietrev.com)

Encouraging Quotes About Happiness

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Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. 14th Dalai Lama Click to tweet

The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us. Gloria Steinem

The less you expect, the more you connect with reality. The more connect and accept reality, the happier you can be. Maxime Lagacé

The climb to the top is better than the view from the peak. It’s progress, not perfection, that we really crave. James Clear

Keep going. You’re doing great. You might not be where you want to be yet, but that’s okay. Just take it one step at a time and keep believing in yourself. And remember: No matter what happens, you can still enjoy your life and be happy. Lori Deschesne

Do only one thing at a time. When you walk, just enjoy walking. When you listen, really listen. You will become happier and more centered. Haemin Sunim

Do not let people’s opinions of you mold your destiny. Let unhappy people have their unhappy thoughts. Continue on your path courageously. Haemin Sunim

Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars. Carrie Hope Fletcher

Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity. Unknown

Their pace is not your pace. Be patient with yourself. Find your pace. Find your peace. Lin-Manuel Miranda

Our joy does not have to be based on our circumstances. Joyce Meyer

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. Ivy Baker Priest

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Encouraging Quotes About Motivation, Success, Change

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Let your strongest muscle be the will. James Lendall Basford Click to tweet

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. Steve Martin (Born Standing Up)

There is no giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps. You build yourself brick by brick. So go out and do the work. Day in and day out. Tom Bilyeu

Start small. Build momentum. Never give up. Reach your dreams. Help others do the same. Maxime Lagacé

On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don’t stop. Paulo Coelho

Only 3 things can change our life: dreams, suffering and love. Paulo Coelho

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter. Conor McGregor

I’m asking you to make a commitment: find something you want to change in your community and take the first step toward changing it. Barack Obama

When your way doesn’t work, don’t be disheartened. You must be willing to try another way. Iyanla Vanzant

A worthy goal: help as many people as possible fulfill their dreams, aspirations and goals. George Raveling

Never let the scoreboard be the judge of success. Success and winning are two different things. Shane Parrish

99.99 percent of the time waiting for the right moment to do something hard is how you rationalize not doing that hard thing you know you needs to be done. There is no perfect moment. All we have is now. Stop waiting. Shane Parrish

Slow and steady often wins because it keeps you motivated. Take on manageable challenges and you’ll get frequent signals of progress. Bite off more than you can chew and progress stalls. When you make progress, you want to keep going. When you break progress, you want to stop. James Clear

The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think. Marc Andressen

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn

State what you want. Have the courage and the audacity to claim your dreams and goals. Mel Robbins

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. Estée Lauder

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. Ryan Blair

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See also: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump (zenhabits.net)

Encouraging Quotes About Work, Business, Mondays

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No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet

You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear. Robert Greene

Let go of your need for comfort and security. Creative endeavors are by their nature uncertain. Robert Greene

When struggling to start, work on a smaller part. When struggling to finish, ship a smaller whole. James Clear

Focus and simplicity are connected. If you can’t focus, then start cutting things out. When only the essential remains, it becomes easy to pay attention to the right thing. James Clear

If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it. John C. Maxwell

It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential. Greg McKeown

Work without hope or despair. The School of Life

The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’. Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities. Charles Dickens

Make big things by doing small things consistently. By working in small batches, you’ll accelerate feedback rates. David Perell

The conditions you think you want are rarely the ones that help you produce your best work. You need the feedback of reality in order to keep your feet planted on the ground. Shane Parrish

I can’t remember a week where I’ve had so many amazing highs and so many terrible lows. The delta has never been so wide. But the messy middle isn’t something to be avoided. If you let it, it can show us who we really are and what we consider important. Shane Parrish

Something I wish everyone knew: the bar’s not as high as you think. You can get that job, meet that person, start that company. But because you think the bar’s so high, you won’t even try. Sahil Lavingia

Don’t think you deserve the job? Apply for it anyways. Don’t think your article is good enough? Publish it anyways. Don’t think they’ll reply to your email? Send it anyways. Don’t self-reject. Sahil Lavingia

Don’t focus on how great or terrible the things you’re making today are, but on how much better they will be if you keep going. Sahil Lavingia

Having the self-belief that you will be able to figure things out as you go along is critical to success at anything hard. Get started and trust yourself. No one has all the answers at the beginning. Sam Altman

Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point. Frederick Maitland

Your voice is your biggest asset, because no one else has it. Find the courage to be you, to say what you feel and think. That’s the secret. No one else has your exact experience and perspective so take advantage of it. Mel Robbins

One of the most important skills you can learn if you want to be better at your craft is problem solving. And patience. Neil Strauss

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Encouraging Quotes About Pain, Illness, Cancer, Death

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Adversity is the first path to truth. Lord Byron Click to tweet

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Eleanor Roosevelt

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

The only road that leads to serenity is acceptance. Maxime Lagacé

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dan Rather

Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. Vicki Harrison

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there. Paulo Coelho

Tragedies do happen. We can discover the reason, blame others, imagine how different our lives would be had they not occurred. But none of that is important: they did occur, and so be it. From there onward we must put aside the fear that they awoke in us and begin to rebuild. Paulo Coelho

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. Unknown

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. William Faulkner

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire

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Encouraging Quotes About Depression, Mental Health, Anxiety

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Don’t forget: Beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. Paulo Coelho

We can’t see the end of the river but it does end, in the ocean. Maxime Lagacé

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. Bernice Johnson Reagon

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. Kenji Miyazawa

Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason. John Mayer

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around. Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. Audrey Hepburn

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Kahlil Gibran

A crisis can bring about despair, or it can summon forth the will to power renewal. A darkening hour motivates us to find a source of lasting light. Catastrophe can introduce us to heroic qualities we did not know we possessed. Courage and effort will light the dark. The Stoic Emperor

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Helen Keller

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. John Lennon

See also: depression quotes, failure quotes, loneliness quotes

See also: The Importance of a Breakdown (YouTube video by The School of Life)

Part 4. Encouraging Quotes For…

Encouraging Quotes For Kids

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It’s ok to say “I don’t know”. The pleasure is in finding things out. Richard Feynman Click to tweet

Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Richard Feynman

Have you ever realized how unique and beautiful you are? Maxime Lagacé

Failure is nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace it and you’ll take away most of its power. Steven Pressfield

I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. Alice Walker

You don’t have to know how to do things perfectly the first time around. All you need to know is that you are doing the very best you can. Iyanla Vanzant

No one knows what they can do until they try. Les Brown

See also: Bruce Lee quotes

Encouraging Quotes For Students, Teens

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The learning starts when things get difficult. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

Not knowing is not failure. It’s the first step to understanding. Richard Feynman

You are not weird. You are you, and that’s beautiful. Maxime Lagacé

The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stage of learning a skill toughens our minds. Robert Greene

Fix the first problem fully and calmly before you even think about the second problem. Robert Kurson

Take your time, don’t rush. Some problems are harder than others. Deal with the ones right in front of you first. Come back to the others later. You’ll get there. Ryan Holiday

Do not try to bypass the work of discovering your calling or imagine that it will simply come to you naturally. Although it may come to a few people early in life or in a lightning-bolt moment, for most of us it requires continual introspection and effort. Robert Greene

Be a student of the game. Like most clichés of sport, this is profound. You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard. Peers who fizzle or blow up or fall down, run away, disappear from the monthly rankings, drop off the circuit. David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

See failure as a beginning. Never stop learning. Assume nothing, question everything. Teach others what you know. Analyze objectively. Practice humility. Respect constructive criticism. Take initiative. Give credit where it’s due. Love what you do. Richard Feynman

Failure can teach endurance or timidity. Make it the former. Knowing the taste of failure and risking it anyway… that is courage. The Stoic Emperor

Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. J.K. Rowling

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert H. Schuller

See also: how to learn faster, focus quotes

Encouraging Quotes For Women

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Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Nora Ephron Click to tweet

Life is never perfect. We all live some form of Option B. Sheryl Sandberg

Keep going, and don’t worry about your speed. You’re making progress, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Forward is forward, no matter how slow. Lori Deschene

Men don’t say it enough but it’s true: women are superheros. Maxime Lagacé

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

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie

Remind yourself right now that no matter what your life looks like, you are doing the best you can. And getting better. Iyanla Vanzant

When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, “Damn. That really hurts, but this is important to me and I’m going in again” – my gut reaction is, “What a badass”. Brené Brown

I was once afraid of people saying, “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am”. Oprah Winfrey

You will fail sometimes, probably more than once. That’s okay. It happens to every single one of us. Just like any other skill you’ve built, repetition is key. Keep having the courage to try. Mel Robbins

A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every page I have turned in life. Charlotte Brontë

Each subtle shift you make is a miracle. Subtle shifts add up to radical change. Gabby Bernstein

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Encouraging Quotes For Men

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Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got. Jim Rohn Click to tweet

Build yourself up so that you are in a position to help others do the same. Ed Latimore

Life becomes beautiful the day we stop believing it should be beautiful. Maxime Lagacé

Breathe deeply and let go a bit, whatever amount you can. All week you worked hard; you tried your best; you gave it your all. Today it’s safe to rest. It’s okay to relax. Just breathe and allow the world to come to you. May you be peaceful. May you be safe. May you be at ease. Jason Garner

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In difficult moments do not despair or retreat: any situation can be turned around. Robert Greene

Take small bites. Before people realize it, you have accumulated an empire. Robert Greene

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Part 5. Conclusion

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I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away – I rose right where I’d been knocked down. And then that’s how you get to know yourself. You say, hmm, I can get up! I have enough of life in me to make somebody jealous enough to want to knock me down. I have so much courage in me that I have the effrontery, the incredible gall to stand up. That’s it. That’s how you get to know who you are. Maya Angelou Click to tweet

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

October 6, 2019

Last Update

October 15, 2020


  1. Yes yes yes, dear Maxime!
    “No matter what, just keep going.” (Maxime Lagacé)
    Your words of heart and truth resound with all of us, especially when we sometimes ask the universe: “What’s the use?” We need to hear this!
    Thank you for reminding us of our connection to ALL, and for being a constant companion of wisdom to positively bolster the energy of everyone who reads your sharings.
    Your own words demonstrate your elevated spirit.
    We just think you’re wonderful!
    Keep up the good work, and stay inspired,

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