Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

Here are some of my favorite Inspirational Encouraging Quotes. 

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Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

You don’t have to be a genius,
you just have to have passion and a burning desire to move forward.
By Moya Mulvay

(A) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

I find working with glass meditative, almost therapeutic.
I can leave the world behind, and focus.
The simplicity of form, the drama of rich, intense colour, the joy of challenge, and the challenge of endurance, The piece, when it is over, is not what is made, but how it is made.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Andrew Kuntz

All men have a sweetness in their life.
That is what helps them go on.
It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out.
Albert Camus

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.
Albert Schweitzer

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Anne Bradstreet

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

Songs don’t just come out of the air.
They take time, but its good fun, too. Maurice gave me encouragement.
Andy Gibb

The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise.
Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission, it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.
A. E. van Vogt

No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction.
So, I didn’t have encouragement, but I didn’t have discouragement, because I don’t think anybody knew what that meant.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Amy Tan

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.
Aldous Huxley

(B) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence.
Benjamin Disraeli

One of the problems with even suggesting that purpose of a Federal law is for law enforcement officers to assist in protecting the public outside their jurisdictions is that it may give them encouragement or even a sense of obligation to do so.
Bobby Scott

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you;
they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Bernice Johnson Reagon

I’d rather play here in this small bar and just do a good show.
Because it’s fun and there’s no expectations, it’s encouragement to be different, do something new.
Bill Kreutzmann

(C) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess.
The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
Charles Schwab

Lack of encouragement never deterred me.
I was the kind of person who would not be put down.
Constance Baker Motley

We live by encouragement and die without it slowly, sadly, angrily.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Celeste Holm

Love the moment.
Flowers grow out of dark moments.
Therefore, each moment is vital.
It affects the whole.
Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.
Corita Kent

(D) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

Bart Giamatti did not grow up (as he had dreamed) to play second base for the Red Sox.
He became a professor at Yale, and then, in time president of the National Baseball League.
He never lost his love for the Boston Red Sox.
It was as a Red Sox fan, he later realized that human beings are fallen, and that life is filled with disappointment.
The path to comprehending Calvinism in modern America, he decided, begins at Fenway Park.
David Halverstam

I do feel very strongly that this is one of the things which people need encouragement to sort out, because I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something, it’s just a question of finding this.
Diana Wynne Jones

Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married, was full of encouragement. She didn’t say, “This is really good, you should do this”, She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Dannii Minogue

If then the prosperity of the commercial classes, will most certainly lead to accumulation of capital, and the encouragement of productive industry;
these can by no means be so surely obtained as by a fall in the price of corn.
David Ricardo

Affliction is more apt to suffocate the imagination than to stimulate it.
Denise Levertov

As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.
Dorothy Parker

(E) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

What encouragement the apostle holds out to us. O my friends, that we might leave all our pretensions, and come to the truth in our own hearts.
Elias Hicks

The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change.
Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard.
People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them.
Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower.
Attitudes are the real figures of speech.
Edwin H. Friedman

I have learned two lessons in my life:
first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones.
Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
Elie Wiesel

Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.
Emily Dickinson

My life closed twice before its close;
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me,
So huge, so hopeless to conceive,
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.
Emily Dickinson

I think that taking life seriously means something such as this:
that whatever man does on this planet has to be done in the lived truth of the terror of creation, of the grotesque, of the rumble of panic underneath everything.
Otherwise it is false.
Whatever is achieved must be achieved with the full exercise of passion, of vision, of pain, of fear, and of sorrow.
How do we know that our part of the meaning of the universe might not be a rhythm in sorrow?
Ernest Becker

(F) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

We stand, as it were, on the shore, and see multitudes of our fellow beings struggling in the water, stretching forth their arms, sinking, drowning, and we are powerless to assist them.
Felix Adler

Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person.
ln those transparent moments we know other people’s joys and sorrows, and we care about their concerns as if they were our own.
Fritz Williams

Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem.
If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.
Fritz Perls

(G) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

And here at our Anglican Consultative Council, we have many reports of growth and great encouragement.
George Carey

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington

Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal.

Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
George Eliot

Tonight I should like to thank all those who have shared my work and to acknowledge the debt that I owe to my wife whose encouragement to put research before all other things has been a great strength to me.
George Porter

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else.
I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.
George Matthew Adams

(H – I) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

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

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.
Hugh Miller

All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them of how heavy their inheritance is.
Harold Bloom

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering.
And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.
If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.
H.H. the Dalai Lame

The world is full of suffering;
it is also full of overcoming it.
Helen Keller

You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation and that is called loving.

Well, then, love your suffering.
Do not resist it, do not flee from it.
It is your aversion that hurts nothing else.
Hermann Hesse

(J) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
James Baldwin

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.
Jane Austen

Compassion literally means to feel with, to suffer with.
Everyone is capable of compassion, and yet everyone tends to avoid it because it’s uncomfortable.
And the avoidance produces psychic numbing resistance to experiencing our pain for the world and other beings.
Joanna Macy

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
John Milton

An Editor becomes kind of your mother.
You expect love and encouragement from an Editor.
Jackie Kennedy

But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.
Jose Marti

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
James Russell Lowell

Being human is itself difficult, and therefore all kinds of settlements (except dream cities) have problems.
Jane Jacobs

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

I believed my story would be helpful to young women my daughter’s age, who are still in the process of forming themselves as women, and in need of encouragement to remain true to themselves.
Joyce Maynard

I had a great first year and Mr. MacDonald was my biggest supporter. He gave me the encouragement I needed that first year to get my career started on a positive note.
Jim Evans

My work is to reach people with ideas, hopes, dreams, encouragement, insight, and revelation. That’s what an actor wants to do.
John Astin

On even the worst days, when nothing was working at the lab, I knew that at home I would find warmth, peace, companionship, and encouragement.

As a consequence, the next day would surely be better.
James Cronin

Young people ask me if this country is serious about science.
They aren’t thinking about the passport that they will hold, but the country that they must rely on for support and encouragement.
John Charles Polanyi

The education of my brother and myself was of paramount importance to my parents, and in addition to their strong encouragement, they were prepared to make any sacrifice to further our intellectual development.
Jerome Isaac Friedman

The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.
John Updike

This system of encouragement proves serviceable as a preventive of punishment, the attainment of the tickets being a reward, the forfeiture of them the reverse; and, as such, boys seem often more affected by their loss than by coercion.
Inspirational Encouraging quotes by Joseph Lancaster

(K) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
Kevin Bacon

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.
Katharine Butler Hathaway

I know why I am here and my only real focused goal is to live each day to the fullest and to try and honor God and be an encouragement to others.

What the future holds is firmly in God’s hands, and I am very happy about that!
Ken Hensley

(L) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

But the fruit that can fall without shaking
Indeed is too mellow for me.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

I have written about 10 books, all just practical encouragement for moms.
Lisa Whelchel

I’ve been homeschooling for eight years and have always received the best advice and encouragement from other homeschoolers, rather than a book or lecture.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Lisa Whelchel

My desire, my passion, was to help moms with practical encouragement.
Lisa Whelchel

It was a very emotional dinner.
Everyone shared personal stories about her and gave her words of encouragement and inspiration.
Everyone tried to remain positive.
Lil’ Kim

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

Louise Bogan

(M) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

You don’t have to be a genius, you just have to have passion and a burning desire to move forward.
Moya Mulvay

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Marcel Proust

In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious.
Marcel Proust

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Marcus Aurelius

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.
Marshall Rosenberg

In the last twelve years, we have come some distance towards reconciliation and the breaking down of disadvantage.
Let us take encouragement from what has been achieved and set our minds and hearts to end the remaining roadblocks.
Malcolm Fraser

When people keep telling you that you can’t do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Margaret Chase Smith

To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it, requires brains.

Mary Pettibone Poole

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Maya Angelou

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life?
It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning.
This is harmony.
We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
Mitsugi Saotome

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
M. Scott Peck

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes.
Madame De Stael

December is the toughest month of the year.
Others are July, January, September, Aprll, November, May, March, June, October, August, and February.
Mark Twain

Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints.
Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.
Mother Teresa

To fly, we have to have resistance.

Maya Lin

(N – O) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

It is worthwhile to live and fight courageously for sacred ideals.
Norbert Capek

Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it.
If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.
Naomi Wolf

(P – Q) Inspirational Encouraging Quotes

But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats.
No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.
Paulo Coelho

All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.
Peter Singer

There was always so much encouragement, to just really take it and run with it, from Deadheads.
Inspirational Encouraging Quotes by Phil Lesh

This sort of encouragement is vital for any writer.
And lastly the publication of Touching the Flame, which was on hold for two years and went through a few publishers before finding a stable home.
Paul Kane

(R) Inspirational Encouragement Quotes

In the beginning I thought, and still think, he did great good in giving support and encouragement to this movement. But I did not believe then, and have never believed since, that these ills can be settled by partisan political methods. They are moral and economic questions.
Ray Stannard Baker

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

Is encouragement what the poet needs? Open question. Maybe he needs discouragement. In fact, quite a few of them need more discouragement, the most discouragement possible.
Robert Fitzgerald

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

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Rene Descartes

Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims.
Rabindranath Tagore

(S) Inspirational Encouragement Quotes

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Samuel Johnson

The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing;
it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle.
Simone Weil

When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
Sogyal Rinpoche

Where there is love, there is pain.
Spanish Proverb

All good is hard.
All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy.
Stay away from easy.
Scott Alexander

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling.
A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.
Stephen Sigmund

As an actor I think sometimes producers need a little bit of encouragement to see you in a particular role, they may not have as much imagination as you would expect.
Steve Kanaly

You may wonder, ‘How can I leave it all behind if I am just coming back to it?
How can I make a new beginning if I simply return to the old?
The answer lies in the return.
You will not come back to the ‘same old thing.
What you return to has changed because you have changed.
Your perceptions will be altered.
You will not incorporate into the same body, status, or world you left behind.
The river has been flowing while you were gone.
Now it does not look like the same river.
Steven Foster

(T – U) Inspirational Encouragement Quotes

Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman and was one of the first female superheroes.
It gives me more of an encouragement that we can be strong and can do whatever a guy can do.
Thuy Trang

If I were personally to define religion I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.
Theodore Dreiser

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
Thomas Jefferson

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


The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly;
it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.
Tis the business of little minds to shrink;
but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

(V – Z) Inspirational Encouragement Quotes

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.
Victor Frankl

Most things break, including hearts.
The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Wallace Stegner

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to.
Walter Linn

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
Warren Bennis

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

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