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Words Of Encouragement: 50 Quotes To Give You A Boost

I used to read a book to my kids called, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend has deserted him, there's no dessert in his lunch bag, and he's served lima beans for dinner.

Are there days when you can relate to Alexander — when you have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Maybe you're feeling that way today.

Sometimes we wake up in the morning, and before our feet hit the floor, we know the day is careening downhill fast.

Life pummels us with disappointments, challenges, and heartache, or maybe there's no obvious reason — our mood just shifts from light-hearted to heavy-laden.

When I'm having a no good, very bad day, my first reaction is to push through and ignore my feelings. I don't want to feel bad, so I think if I just keep moving, I'll shake it off.

This works on occasion, but other times it feels like moving through quicksand. I have no motivation or desire to do anything.

This is the time when I need some encouraging words and inspiration. I need some momentum to pull myself out of the doldrums and reframe my thoughts.

As I replace negative thoughts with inspiring words and ideas, I find my feelings often follow.

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Here are some words of encouragement with 50 quotes to lift your spirits and brighten your day:

1. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

3. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

4. “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

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

6. “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

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

8. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” ~David Allen

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

10. “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

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

12. “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

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

14. “You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C.S. Lewis

15. “Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.” ~Victor Kiam

16. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.” ~Wayne Dyer

17. “Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” ~Denis Waitley

18. “Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~Thomas Jefferson

19. “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” ~Epictetus

20. “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” ~Miguel Angel Ruiz

21. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James

22. “Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” ~Jim Rohn

23. “I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.” ~Robert H. Schuller

24. “If it is bread that you seek, you will have bread. If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul. If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek.” ~Rumi

25. “Always say ‘yes' to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes' to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” ~Eckhart Tolle

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26. “Perhaps everything terrible is in its being something that needs our love.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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

28. “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” ~Walt Whitman

29. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill

30. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” ~Paulo Coelho

31. “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.” ~Buddha

32. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~Deepak Chopra

33. “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

34. “What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think.” ~Dr. Patrick Gentempo

35. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia

36. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” ~Japanese Proverb

37. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” ~Robert Schuller

38. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~Kenji Miyazawa

39. “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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40. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” ~Stephen Covey

41. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” ~Thomas J. Watson

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

43. “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

44. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. ~Albert Einstein

45. “If you don't value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents — start charging for it.” ~Kim Garst

46. “Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” ~John D. Rockefeller

47. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~Lolly Daskal

48. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” ~Michael John Bobak

49. “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~Audre Lorde

50. “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

What words of encouragement help you when you're having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Do you have some quotes that lift you up and brighten your day? Please share them in the comments below.

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  • Rick Barlow

    You forgot “Whistle a happy tune.” Seriously, this is a great list. But leave it to Tony Robbins to say in three times the number of words what Aristotle said so perfectly: “We are what we habitually do.”

  • Davi Kay

    Isn’t it wonderful to see the “golden thread” of Truth running through these quotes?! Personally I like to be reminded that “Every now can be an eternity if it is filled with God”… which I think was from Frank Laubach’s “Letters by a Modern Mystic”. Thanks Barrie.

  • Ed Herzog

    Great list Barrie! I’ve always liked #4 and thought it was from Helen Keller. Turns out that she took Alexander Graham Bell’s quote and made her own version. And what a wonderful coincidence that right under #4, you have a quote from Helen Keller!!! 🙂

      Hitesh Balwani

      Thanks for these wonderful proverbs it was really encouraging

  • Harriet Cabelly

    Fabulous Quotes!! What a great resource to have. Thank you so much for this awesome compilation of life-enhancing quotes.

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    For me, #42 is the motivation I need right now. It’s easy to think we’re stuck, but we always have the option to change. This quote is another one I like along those same lines. “Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.” Great list!

  • murigi

    Thanks Barrie for this great collection of quotes by notable persons. #50 summarizes the post in a great way.

    Murigi Wainaina

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    Hey Barrie, thanks for making this great collection across both generations and the globe!

  • Saleh

    I thank you for the good encouragement words you give us

  • Micheal Nwichi

    Thanks. Am so delighted for your words of encouragement.

  • Abass Maryam

    I just love it

  • Abass Maryam

    It always calms me down when am upset, when i read the word of encouragement it feels my days with joy

      Shivachi Titus

      Thanks alot for such blessing words.Indeed they have come at the right moment.May the almighty GOD bless you sir

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  • BETHWEL

    its so amazing, encouraging words indeed i love them. thanks barrie

  • TSEBO NYBELA

    encouraging words indeed,you guys have just lifted my spirit.thank u so much.

  • Kingsley

    A champion is not train in a palace, but train in the wilderness.

  • Emily

    AWESOME!!! IT IS JUST ENCOURAGING!! I LOVE THIS

  • thabile

    This is so amazing thank you for this website.I’m really blessed

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