250 Encouraging Quotes and Words About Life For Hard Times

These encouraging quotes about life offer hope for you in your darkest hour and inspiration for better times.

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Encouraging Quotes For Hard Times

‘The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain…’

∼Kahlil Gibran


“Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted.”

∼Christine Caine


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.” ∼C.S. Lewis


“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” ∼ Thomas Paine


“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.”

∼Hellen Keller


“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”



“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”

∼George S. Patton


“Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ∼Robert H. Schuller


“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.” ∼Mel Robbins

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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


“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

∼Barbara De Angelis


“I admire the strength my body has to carry such a heavy heart.” ∼Gemma Troy


“One day someone is going to hug you so tight, all your broken pieces will stick right back together.”



“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”



“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ∼Dalai Lama


“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. ”

∼Eleanor Roosevelt


“Thoughts are not facts. Don’t believe everything you think.” ∼Anonymous


“Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.”



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


“When change happens, you have a choice for how you are going to respond. You can either lose your composure and react impetuously or use the event or situation as a learning opportunity to shift your mindset and respond appropriately. Begin to notice your responses when changes occur and do your best to choose a breakthrough over a breakdown.”

∼Susan C. Young


“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


“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.”

∼Bob Riley


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


“I know it has been tough but I’m still cheering for you.” ∼Anonymous


“You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry but do not give up.” ∼Anonymous


“Stop beating yourself up you are a work in progress, which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.”



“Usually, the people with the best advice are the ones with the most problems.”



“Someday everything will make perfect sense. So for now laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”



“Let it hurt. Let it bleed. Let it heal. And let it go.” ∼Nikita Gill


“Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.”

∼Rainer Rilke


“You can’t control how they treat you, but you can control if you accept it.” ∼Charles Orlando


“This too shall pass.” ∼Old Proverb


“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” ∼ Edwin Markham


“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

∼Albert Camus


“when you’re at the end of your rope,tie a knot and hold on.” ∼Theodore Roosevelt


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

∼Maya Angelou


“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” ∼Anne Frank


“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it.” ∼George Weinberg


“Hope costs nothing.” ∼Sidonie Gabriella


“Hope has two daughters. Their names are anger and courage;anger at the way things are, and courage to see that theydo not remain the way they are.”

∼Augustine of Hippo


“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burdens behind us.” 

∼Samuel Smiles


“Life will give you a lot of rainy days, but every storm ends eventually.” ∼Anonymous


“Broken people are beautiful. They have to put themselves back together every day.”

∼Robert Tew


“Without a little chaos we would never find the things or the people that sooth our very souls.”



“You aren’t what’s happen to you, you are how you’ve overcome it.” ∼Beau Taplin


“Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.”

∼Meredith Grey


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings”.  ∼Dastoevski


“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“When we are no longer able to change a situation: just think of an incurable disease such as incurable cancer – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even things of which I am most proud, though these are the things which cannot inspire envy.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“Even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by so doing change himself. He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“If on the other hand, one cannot change a situation that causes his suffering, he can still choose his attitude.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning

45 Viktor Frankl Man’s Search For Meaning Quotes



“What is to give light must endure burning.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

∼Joshua Graham


“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

∼Louisa May Alcott


“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” ∼Dolly Parton


“Look how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ∼Anne Frank


“Hope is the bait, it covers any hook.” ∼Oliver Gold Smith

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“They do not deserve you, if they desert you in times of distress.” ∼Gift Gugu Mona


“It will be in your darkest of times in which you grow the most.” ∼Anonymous


“The wound is the place where light enters you.” ∼Rumi


“What hurts you blesses you, darkness is your candle.” ∼Rumi


“Courage, dear heart.” ∼C.S. Lewis


“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” ∼J.K. Rowling


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ∼Albert Einstein


“The best revenge is massive success.” ∼ Frank Sinatra


“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ∼Theodore Roosevelt


“It’s ok to be a glowstick; sometimes we need to break before we shine.” ∼Anonymous


“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”

∼Joseph Campbell


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

∼Maya Angelou


“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

∼Ernest Hemingway


“Be a pineapple stand tall wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” ∼Kat Gaskin


“It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.” ∼Confucius


“And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” ∼Erin Hanson


“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” ∼ Rosa Parks


“Everything you need to accomplish your goals is already in you.” ∼Matthew Bowman


“Self-Love is like turmeric for the soul: It heals everything.” ∼ L.K. Elliott


“There’s something in you that the world needs.” ∼Anonymous


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”


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“Trust the timing of your life.” ∼Anonymous


“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” ∼Alfred A. Montapert


“Recognize you survived.” ∼Anonymous


“It always seems impossible until it is done.” ∼Nelson Mandela


“A little progress everyday adds up to big results.” ∼Anonymous


“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” ∼Babe Ruth

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“I Must Have the Night To Appreciate the Day.”

~Og Mandino, Greatest Salesman in the World


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” ∼Og Mandino


“You are gold, baby. Solid gold.” ∼Anonymous


“You are amazing, you are brave, you are strong.” ∼Anonymous


“Believe in yourself and you’ll be unstoppable.” ∼Anonymous


“Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.” ∼Anonymous


“Take a deep breath, it’s just a bad day not a bad life.” ∼Anonymous


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


“You only fail when you stop trying.” ∼Anonymous


“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment”

∼Lao Tzu


“I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.”



“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ∼Arthur Ashe


“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” ∼ Jim Rohn


“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ∼ Nikos Kazantzakis


“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” ∼Victor Kiam


“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” ∼John W. Gardner


“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

∼Wayne Dyer


“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ∼ Eleanor Roosevelt


“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.”

∼Les Brown


“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” ∼Edmund Hilary


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

∼Tony Robbins

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“””Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost… out there ‘do’in it”

~Gerard Abrams


“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ∼Charles R. Swindoll


“Never, never, never give up.” ∼Winston Churchill


“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.” ∼Hopi prayer


“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ∼H. G. Wells


“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” ∼Thucydides


“Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.” ∼Anonymous


“Fear regret more than failure.” ∼Taryn Rose

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I believe something wonderful is going to happen to me today.” ~Anonymous


“Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.” ∼Thomas Fuller


“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ∼Jack Canfield


“Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not to define you.” ∼Anonymous


“kindness is like snow; it beautifies everything it covers.” ∼Kahlil Gibran


“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” ∼Anonymous


“Be who you needed when you were younger.” ∼Anonymous


“The best view comes after the hardest climb.” ∼Anonymous


“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” ∼Friedrich Nietzsche

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


“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ∼John Wooden


“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

∼John Maxwell


“Strive for progress, not perfection.”∼Anonymous


“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” ∼Henry Ford


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

∼Thomas A. Edison


“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

∼George Lorimer


“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

∼Vincent Van Gogh


“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

∼Winston Churchill


“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

∼H. Jackson Brown Jr.


“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

∼Nora Roberts


“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

∼ Christian D. Larson


“There is no secret to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

∼Colin Powell


“It is well to remind ourselves that anxiety signifies a conflict, and so long as a conflict is going on, a constructive solution is possible.”

∼Rollo May


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

∼Maya Angelou, Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989) by Jeffrey M. Elliot


“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. … Don’t stop to marvel.”

∼Albert Einstein


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”

∼Mary Anne Radmacher


“Procrastination is the thief of time.” ∼ Edward Young


Encouraging Quotes About Love

“There are people who take the heart out of you, and there are people who put it back.”

∼Elizabeth David


“Fortune and love favor the brave.”



“You are stronger than you know. More capable than you ever dreamed. And you are loved more than you could possibly imagine.”



“Because of a great love, one is courageous.”

∼Lao Tzu


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

∼Lao Tzu


“It’s never too late to love yourself again.”∼Bryant McGill


Encouraging Quotes About Life 

“What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you.”

∼ Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


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

∼Bob Goff


“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”



“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”

∼Lao Tzu


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

∼Oprah Winfrey


“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

∼Mark Caine


“I treat winning and losing exactly the same. I see them both as necessary steps to get us where we are going. Big failures big lessons little failures little lessons.”

∼Bob Proctor


“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

∼Thomas Jefferson


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ∼E.E. Cummings


“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

∼Ralph Waldo Emerson


“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

∼Alexander Graham Bell


“Experience is the teacher of all things.” ∼Julius Caesar


“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”

∼Audrey Hepburn


“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

∼Og Mandino


“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.”

∼Vince Lombardi


“It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.”

∼Malala Yousafzai


“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”



“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”

∼Garrison Keillor


“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


“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is 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


“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”

∼Robert Tew


“Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Choose to stay positive and be the strong person that God created you to be!”



“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.”



“Even your imperfections are perfect because they are perfectly tailored to you and have played a critical part in shaping your core. No one can take away the core of who you are.”

∼Adiba Nelson


“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person you are.”

∼Mandy Hale


“No one can change the value you place on yourself, how you treat others, or what you believe.”

∼Jeremy, ageless investing


“Never complain and never explain.” ∼Benjamin Disraeli


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

∼Maria Robinson


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



“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”

∼Tony Robbins



“He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.”

∼William James


“We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It’s up to us to make it good or bad.”



“Maybe it’s not about happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.” ∼Anonymous


Encouraging Quotes Inspirational

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

∼Walt Disney


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”

∼Norman Vincent Peale


“A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are for.” ∼William GT Shedd


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” ∼Theodore Roosevelt


“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

∼Elon Musk


“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.”

∼ Elbert Hubbard


“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” ∼Amelia Earhart


“Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

∼Bruce Lee


“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” ∼Dr. Sukhraj Dhillon


“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ∼Roald Dahl


“Look for something positive in each day even if some days you have to look a little harder.”



“Every human being has the ability to change at an instant.”

∼Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning


“The only thing that I have done that is not mitigated by luck, diminished by good fortune, is that I persisted, and other people gave up.”

∼Henry Ford


“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms, it means a strong desire to live taking on the form of a readiness to die.”

∼GK Chesterton


“Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other, everything to gain.”

∼Diane de Pointers


“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

∼Lao Tzu


“Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.”

∼Ernest Hemingway


“When will you understand that being normal isn’t necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.”

∼Alice Hoffman


“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

∼Tim Ferriss


“The only person who can’t be helped is that person who blames others.”

∼Carl Rogers


“No one is you and that is your power.” ∼Dave Grohl


“Have no fear, you will find your way. It’s in your bones. It’s in your soul.”

∼Mark Z. Danielewski

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“Broken Crayons Still Color”

~Shelley Hitz


“No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Encouraging Quotes For Women

“You are a beautiful creation… perfectly imperfect… a work in progress… you have everything you need to fulfill your purpose… don’t dilute yourself for any person or any reason… you are enough… be unapologetically you.”

∼Steve Maraboli


“In case you forgot to remind yourself this morning…Your butt is perfect. Your smile lights up the room. Your mind is insanely cool. You are way more than enough. And you are doing an amazing job at life.”

∼L.K. Elliott


“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful — from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing, and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box… Think outside of the box… Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”

∼Tyra Banks


“Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.”

∼ Jennifer Grahnolm


“Love yourself, embrace your flaws, and never let the opinions of others affect your self confidence. You are enough.”

∼Bethany Mota


“Respect our shapes and sizes, embrace ourselves as we are, nurture compassion for ourselves and others: Only when we do this can we learn to love our bodies.”

∼ Kate Hudson


“Even though it will never be flat again, my stomach is still my favourite because it reminds me of my greatest achievement: My babies.”

∼Isla Fisher


“I wish I could go back and tell my teenage self that I was beautiful. But since I can’t, I’m going to say it to you: Every single one of you is unique, beautiful, and worthy of a great life.”

∼Demi Lovato


“Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have.”

∼Aimee Mullins


“You’ll never look like the women in the magazines, because even the women in the magazines don’t look like the women in the magazines.”



“Beautiful girl you were made to do hard things. So believe in yourself.” ∼Anonymous


“Some days you eat salads and go do yoga, some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.”



“That is the great distinction between the sexes. Men see objects, women see the relationships between the objects.”

∼John Fowles


“Men play the game, women know the score.”

∼Roger Woddis


“The sage puts herself last and is first.”

∼Lao Tzu


“Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her.”

∼Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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“Be enough for yourself first the rest of the world can wait.” 


Encouraging Quotes For Men (and Women)

“The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life in order to keep it.”

∼GK Chesterton


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

∼Andre Gide


“The follies which a man regrets most, in his life, are those he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.”

∼Helen Rowland


“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”

∼Calvin Coolidge


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

∼Theodore Roosevelt


“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”

∼Billy Graham


“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

∼ Vince Lombardi


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

∼David Brinkley


“Hope is the only good thing that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.”

∼Thales of Meletus


“He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him.”

∼Lao Tzu,Tao Te Ching


“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

∼Lao Tzu,Tao Te Ching


“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

∼ Vince Lombardi


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

∼Martin Luther King, Jr.


Encouraging Bible Verses 

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.


Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.


Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.


Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.


Psalm 107:9

For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.


Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.


Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.


Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.


Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Proverbs 18:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.


Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.


Psalm 62:6

He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.


Psalm 120:1

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.


Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


Proverbs 18:10

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.


Psalm 16:8

I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.


Psalm 31:24

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!


Psalm 119:114-115

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.


Psalm 119:50

This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.


Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.


Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


Mark 10:27

Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’


John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.


2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.


1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.


Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.


Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.


Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.


Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


Christian Encouraging Quotes

“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden…
The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.”

∼ Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World


“God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.”

∼Rick Warren


“The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God!”

∼Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“When you feel like you’re drowning in life, don’t worry – your Lifeguard walks on water.”



“There’s a reason for everything. This one may look like a setback. It doesn’t mean you’re failing but that God is growing you in a new way.”

∼Brittney Moses


“My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

∼Billy Graham


“Meet your fears with faith”

∼Max Lucado


“This life was not intended to be the place of our perfection, but the preparation for it.”

∼Richard Baxter


“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

∼Martin Luther King Jr.


“Afflictions are but the shadows of God’s wings.” ∼George MacDonald


“Prayer puts God’s work in his hands and keeps it there.”

∼E.M. Bound


“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.”

∼Max Lucado


“God is more glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”

∼John Piper


“You will never need more than he can supply.”

∼J.I. Packer


“God knew your life would come to this and he has a plan for you.” ∼Anonymous


“God is not punishing you, he is preparing you. Trust his plans not your pain.” ∼Anonymous


“When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there.” ∼Anonymous


“How cool is it that the same God who created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you, too.”



“We often can’t see what God is doing in our lives, but God sees the whole picture and His plan for us clearly.”

∼Tony Dungy


“Pray, and let God worry.”

∼Martin Luther


“I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.”

∼Billy Graham


Encouraging Quotes for Depression

“Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.”

∼Susan Polis Schutz


“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”

∼Stephan Hoeller


“A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.”

∼Joyce Meyer


“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”

∼Fyodor Dostoevsky


“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

∼ Fred Rogers


“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.”

∼Matt Lucas


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

∼Thich Nhat Hanh


“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.”

∼Madeleine L’Engle


“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”

∼ Greenville Kleisser


“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

∼ Leonard Cohen


“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” ∼ C. S. Lewis


“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”

∼ Tenzin Gyatso


“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything you already are.”



Encouragement For Depression

The CDC reports that about 10% of American adults report depression at physician visits. But the unreported number of those with depression is most likely larger.

If you need encouragement from a depression recovery story, read THIS IS MY STORY: WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY LOOKS LIKE at kalynbrooke.com.

Learn how Kalyn dealt with depression. Today, she runs a successful blog about “simple solutions to manage everyday life.”



Encouraging Quotes Images

A Beautiful Monarch Butterfly We don't choose our tests; they are given to us. We would never take them otherwise, and we would never grow.-min
Beautiful Monarch Butterfly

A Sunflower against a green background, quote "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." -Lady Bird Johnson



What are your favorite encouraging quotes or sayings?

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