Encouraging Quotes

For Adversity

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” - Charles A. Beard

“That's how we manage to survive loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you can hang on to it. Love can make you immortal.” - Gayle Forman, If I Stay

“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

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” - Peter Drucker

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” - Dalai Lama

“Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn, presented once again. So, where you made a faulty choice before, you can now make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you.”
- A Course In Miracles

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” - Moliere

Search for Good and You'll Find It.

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Inner silence promotes clarity of mind; It make us value the inner world; It trains us to go inside to the source of peace and inspiration when we are faced with problems and challenges.” - Deepak Chopra

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

“When you feel that you have reached the end and you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose; what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.” - Eileen Caddy

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

“See every difficulty as a challenge, a stepping stone, and never be defeated by anything or anyone.”
- Eileen Caddy, The Dawn of Change

“It's just that in the Deep South, women learn at a young age that when the world is falling apart around you, it's time to take down the drapes and make a new dress.”
Karen Marie Moning

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

“Don't let the muggles get you down.” - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Viktor Frankl, Man's Search For Meaning

“The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.” - Amy Gatliff

“Change is never a loss, it is change only.” - Vernon Howard

“I told you growing starts from the inside first, honey, and in that way, you've been growing like wildfire.”
Phoebe Stone, The Boy on Cinnamon Street

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” - Joseph Campbell

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - Art Linkletter

“You may not be the smartest, richest or best looking person but you're probably not the dumbest, ugliest or poorest either.” - Rob Liano

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
- Alexander Graham Bell

There's No Other Way...

“Pain by itself is merely pain, but the experience of pain coupled with an understanding that the pain serves a worthy purpose is suffering. Suffering can be endured because there is a reason for it that is worth the effort. What is more worthy of your pain than the evolution of your soul?” - Gary Zukav, Seat Of The Soul

“Love is something worth suffering for...” - Scott Hahn, Hope for Hard Times

“Life's been one tough little shit, but there's a very obvious reason why she hasn't let me get too comfy, settle too long or sink too deep. She knows she has to kick me in the ass sometimes to get me moving on my journey.” - Jennifer DeLucy

“When you welcome your emotions as teachers, every emotion brings good news, even the ones that are painful.” - Gary Zukav & Linda Francis

“Morning dew upon the grass,
glistening in the sun.
Yesterday’s gone,
tomorrow may come,
but this day has begun.”
Calvin W. Allison, Shadows Over February


“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.” - Dr. M. Scott Peck

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“If we are not allowed to deal with small problems, we will be destroyed by slightly larger ones. When we come to understand this, we live our lives not avoiding problems, but welcoming them them as challenges that will strengthen us so that we can be victorious in the future.” - Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift

“You see limitations; God sees opportunities. You see faults; God sees growth. You see problems; God sees solutions. You see limitations; God sees possibilities. You see life; God sees eternity.” - Corallie Buchanan, Watch Out! Godly Women on the Loose

“You need to be buried deep in the dirt before you can find your bloom.” - Roz Inga

“Stones and sticks are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.” - Sumi


“But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed.” - Amy Carmichael


“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde


“Keep your face to the Sunshine and you will not see the Shadows.” - Hellen Keller


“Come friends, it's not too late to seek a newer world.” - Alfred Tennyson

“Head up, heart open. To better days!” - T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise

“The way of the Cross is not easy, yet it is the tuneful, the rhythmic, the beautiful, the lovely way.” - Edgar Cayce, 1089-6

“Night never had the last word. The dawn is always invincible.” - Hugh B. Brown

“But I've bought a big bat.
I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going

To have troubles with me!”
Dr. Seuss


“Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.” - Ed Sheeran


About Encouragement


“Anyone can find fault. It is the wise person who finds that which encourages another in the turmoils and strifes of the day.”  Edgar Cayce 1449-2


“So Encourage Each Other and Build Each Other Up”  - 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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“For a permanent solution to easing tension and soothe the rough waters of the world that cause people to go to drugs, drinking, gambling, pornography, overeating, or anything that will give them some temporary relief, you can’t beat the support and encouragement of a friend.” - Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“Research highlights a striking link between encouraging child-raising and class. Half of working-class parents' interactions with their 12-18 month-olds were affirming, versus 80% among the affluent and 20% among those in poverty.” - Betty Hart, Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children

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

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“When you shift conversations and explore the greatness of your team members, you're likely to be a person who creates opportunities for their strength to show up on the job.” - John Yokoyama, When Fish Fly

“Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” - John C. Maxwell, The 360 Degree Leader

“The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body; use yours to lift someone up today.” - Terri Ann Armstrong

“Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.” - John C. Maxwell

“I’m a master of encouragement. Why should I do work myself when the price of getting others to do it for me is as cheap as cheering them on?” - Jarod Kintz

“I think eulogies are wasted on the dead. It’s the living who need to hear kind words spoken about them.” - Jarod Kintz

“Encouragement from any source is like a drop of rain upon a parched desert. Thanks to all the many others who rained on me when I needed it, and even when I foolishly thought I didn't.
(acknowledgments in The P.U.R.E.)” -
Claire Gillian

“But people need lift, too. People don't get moving, they don't soar, they don't achieve great heights, without someone buoying them up.” - Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire

“Encouragement is life. Many people will have given up in life without encouragement. May your words be gracious to those who hear it.” - Lailah Gifty Akita

“Encouraging words are good medicine for the soul.” - Lailah Gifty Akita


“I’ve always seen this in you, ever since you were a little girl - this hunger to love other people into their highest selves and it’s what has made me irreversibly, and just so forever, in love with you.” - Jennifer Elisabeth


Encouragement is a Gift of the Spirit which means, if done often enough and earnestly, it can be a miraculous gift to the giver - to the one offering encouragement.


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