125 Encouraging Quotes

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 125 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

See also: strength, stoic, hope

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, Amazon book)

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, Amazon book)

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

Be proud, you survived the days you thought you couldn’t. Rakesh Valand (twitter.com)

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

Part 2. Encouraging Quotes That Are…

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

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encouraging quotes this too shall pass wisdom man forest

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

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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

Short Encouraging Quotes

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One-liners, short encouraging quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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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

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


Super Encouraging Quotes!

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encouraging quotes dont wait for time when free fear feel anyway gabby bernstein wisdom

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

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

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

You are worthy, capable, deserving of a happy life, exactly as you are. wise connector (twitter.com)

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

Be proud of how far you’ve come even if it’s not where you thought you would be. Unknown

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, Amazon book)

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

Want more inspiring quotes? Please check out Motivational Quotes That Will Make You Thrive (Fast)
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

Deep Encouraging Quotes

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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, Amazon book)

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

Wise Encouraging Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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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

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

Part 3. 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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

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, INFJ and also loves running.

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

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

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

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February 10, 2022

Originally published

October 6, 2019

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  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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