Inspirational and Encouraging Quotes for You to Succeed

Are you looking for a way to cheer someone up? A few positive quotations or encouraging words might sometimes be all it takes to make someone’s day. 

Giving and receiving praises has positive impacts on both parties, in addition to being a mood enhancer. Giving a complement as the provider may strengthen your self-esteem, improve your social skills, and encourage creativity. If you get a favorable message, it might help you feel better about yourself. So, read and share these encouraging quotes to the ones you love and those who need this. 

Encouraging Quotes

“A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can’t be good at everything.” 

Kelly Williams Brown

“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” 

Madonna

“A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that’s what separates a life story that can influence other people.  

Mitch Albom

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” 

Earl Nightingale

“An uplifting sense of purpose is more than an impetus for individual accomplishment, it is also a necessary insurance policy against expediency and impropriety.”

Gary Hamel

“Any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes you up.”

Ryan Reynolds

“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

“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

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Being vulnerable is a strength, not a weakness.”

Selena Gomez

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

 William James

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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.”

Helen Keller

“Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.”

Sheena Iyengar

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dalai Lama

“Close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’ are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”

Maxwell Maltz

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore

“Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.”

Helen Keller

“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”

Toni Morrison

“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put some sunglasses on.”

Lady Gaga

“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t be afraid. Because you’re going to be afraid. But remember when you become afraid, just don’t be afraid.”

Joan Jett

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”

Sara Blakely

“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.”

Christopher Reeve

“Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.”

Will Rogers

“Don’t try to lessen yourself for the world; let the world catch up to you.”

Beyoncé

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Napoleon Hill

“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

“Embrace the glorious mess that you are.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Entrepreneurs are great at dealing with uncertainty and also very good at minimizing risk. That’s the classic entrepreneur.”

Mohnish Pabrai

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”

Jacques Prevert

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers

Encouraging Quotes

“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

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

Truman Capote

“Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.”

William Ellery Channing

“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

“For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.”

Jack Canfield

“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

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”

William Arthur Ward

“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to our eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.”

Brooke Foss Westcott

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”

Jim Rohn

“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.”-

Dalai Lama

“How wild it was, to let it be.”

Cheryl Strayed

“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”

Martha Washington

“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 

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn

“I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.”

Gustave Flaubert

“I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you. Something just motivates you to keep moving.”

Tina Turner

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean

“I care about decency and humanity and kindness. Kindness today is an act of rebellion.”

Pink

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”

Joseph Campbell

“I don’t look ahead. I’m right here with you. It’s a good way to be.”

Danny DeVito

“I dwell in possibility.”

Emily Dickinson

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Rosa Parks

Encouraging Quotes

“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

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Douglas Adams

“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

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”

Michael Phelps

“I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That’s how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other.”

Ben Kingsley

“I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood.”

Yaya DaCosta

“I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting, when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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

“I was recently asked about the business side of ‘Biggest Loser,’ but as long as we entertain people, we can keep coming back and making a difference. It’s a delicate balance, but one feeds off the other. I feel so good about the show – it’s uplifting and inspiring and entertaining at the same time.”

Alison Sweeney

“I will not let anyone scare me out of my full potential.”

Nicki Minaj

“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

“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

“I’m realizing how much I’ve diminished my own power. I’m not doing that no more.”

Alicia Keys

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

“I’ve noticed when I fear something, if I just end up doing it, I’m grateful in the end.”

Colleen Hoover

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“If I persist long enough I will win.”

Og Mandino

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”

Muhammad Ali

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

Steve Jobs

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one!”

Dolly Parton

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Roald Dahl

“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

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”

Thomas Jefferson

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“In my books and in romance as a genre, there is a positive, uplifting feeling that leaves the reader with a sense of encouragement and hope for a brighter future – or a brighter present.”

Debbie Macomber

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”

Sir Francis Bacon

“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

Robert Frost

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Albert Einstein

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Sylvester Stallone

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

Confucius

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.”

Amelia Barr

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

Joseph Campbell

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

Aristotle

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

“It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important.”

Ian Mcewan

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”

William James

“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

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Earl Nightingale

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen—that stillness becomes a radiance.”

Morgan Freeman

“Let love rule.”

Lenny Kravitz

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go.”

Nicole Kidman

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”

Les Brown

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.”

Charles R. Swindoll

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

Allen Saunders

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”

Hans Christian Andersen

“Light tomorrow with today!”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.”

Clement Stone

Encouraging Quotes

“Listening to music is such an uplifting, spiritual thing. It’s far-fetched to some – I understand that. But the way dance music brings people together, it’s not a big stretch from hymns.”

Kaskade

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.”

Napoleon Hill

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”

Brian Tracy

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.”

Aretha Franklin

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

Harvey Fierstein

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

Helen Keller

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Earl Nightingale

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” 

Mae Jemison

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams  

“Nobody built like you, you design yourself.”

Jay-Z

“Not having the best situation, but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness.”

Marie Forleo

“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

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

Audrey Hepburn

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

Albert Einstein

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

E. E. Cummings

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

Christopher Reeve

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“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

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Rob Siltanen

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Vince Lombardi

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

Robert H. Schuller

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.”

Marlee Matlin

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Warren Buffet

“Something good comes out of every crisis.”

Dave Pelzer

“Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few. It’s equally humbling and uplifting.”  

Michael Stipe

“Spread love everywhere you go.”

Mother Teresa

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

Winston Churchill

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”

Robert Collier

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

Stephen King

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.”

Steve Martin

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

Michael Altshuler

“The best way out is always through.”

Robert Frost

“The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

“The first step is you have to say that you can.”

Will Smith

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

Walter Bagehot

“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”

Hasidic Proverb

“The moral of my story is the sun always comes out after the storm. Being optimistic and surrounding yourself with positive loving people is for me, living life on the sunny side of the street.”

Janice Dean

Encouraging Quotes

“The more the panic grows, the more uplifting the image of a man who refuses to bow to the terror.”

Ernst Junger

“The only journey is the one within.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

John Muir

“The simple act of listening to someone and making them feel as if they have truly been heard is a most treasured gift.”

L. A. Villafane

“The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

Bertrand Russell

“The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.”

Bono

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

“There is nothing impossible to they who will try.”

Alexander the Great

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

 Buckminster Fuller

“There’s nothing more powerful than not giving a f—k.”

Amy Schumer

“Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.”

Robert H. Schuller

“Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Maya Angelou

“Trying to grow up is hurting. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more.”

Aretha Franklin

“Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

“We all have problems. But it’s not what happens to us, [it’s] the choices we make after.”

Elizabeth Smart

“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”

Mary Dunbar

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Buddha

“We become what we think about”

Earl Nightingale

“We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.”

Dr. Henry Link

“We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We’ve gotta listen more and talk less. We’ve gotta know that this is everybody’s responsibility.”

Meghan Rapinoe

“We have to let go of who we think we should be and embrace what is.”

Achea Redd

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

Maya Angelou

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

Kenji Miyazawa

Encouraging Quotes

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

“We need to take risks. We need to go broke. We need to prove them wrong, simply by not giving up.”

Awkwafina

“We’ve been making our own opportunities, and as you prove your worth and value to people, they can’t put you in a box. You hustle it into happening, right?”

Jennifer Lopez

“Weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment.”

Marianne Cantwell

“What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.”

Adam Braun

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Zig Ziglar

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.”

Don Zimmer

“Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.”

Eckhart Tolle

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.”

Bruce Springsteen

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”

Wilma Rudolph

“When we let fear be our master, we cannot be happy and free as a butterfly. But when we choose to trust the journey and embrace love and joy, we are free to fly.”

Annicken R. Day

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”

Carol Burnett

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”

George Harrison

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

Max Ehrmann

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

Frank Ocean

“Work hard, know your s—t, show your s—t, and then feel entitled.”

Mindy Kaling

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot ― it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

Maya Angelou

“You can be everything. You can be the infinite amount of things that people are.”

Kesha

“You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.”

Joel Osteen

“You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.”

Oprah Winfrey

“You do not find the happy life. You make it.”

Camilla Eyring Kimball

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.” 

Mandy Hale

“You don’t have to be defined or confined by your environment, by your family circumstances, and certainly not by your race or gender.”

Mariah Carey

“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

“You get what you give.”

Jennifer Lopez

“You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.”

Amy Poehler

“You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.”

Unknown

“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

“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” 

Deepak Chopra

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

“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

”We are not our best intentions. We are what we do.”

Amy Dickinson

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