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131 Encouraging Quotes To Help Overcome Adversity (2022)

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We’ll inevitably all experience hard times at some point in our lives. When these difficult moments come, it’s important to have a support system of family and friends to help us through.

But sometimes, even our loved ones can’t make the pain disappear. That’s when it’s helpful to read inspiring quotes that will encourage us to keep moving forward.

We’ve compiled 131 encouraging quotes that will hopefully help give you that extra push to keep moving forward.

We hope they provide you with the strength you need to get through whatever you’re going through!

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Words of Encouragement to Get You Through The Day

1. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

5. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein

6. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

7. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. – Albert Einstein

8. 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

9. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller

10. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. – Helen Keller

11. 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

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Quotes of Encouragement for People Who Feel Like Giving Up

12. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou

13. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. – Maya Angelou

14. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou

15. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou

16. All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou

17. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

18. The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. – William James

19. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. – Amelia Earhart

20. The most effective way to do it, is to do it. – Amelia Earhart

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Quotes of Encouragement to Inspire and Teach

21. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

22. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

23. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. – Oprah Winfrey

24. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey

25. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey

26. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. – Mother Teresa

27. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa

28. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

29. 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

30. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

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Quotes of Encouragement to Inspire and Motivate

31. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Og Mandino

32. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. – Og Mandino

33. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. – Og Mandino

34. Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. – Og Mandino

35. Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. – Og Mandino

36. 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

37. It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

38. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible! – Audrey Hepburn

39. Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. – Bo Jackson

40. When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. – Carol Burnett

41. 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

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Deep Encouragement Quotes to Ponder On

42. Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you. – Grace Coddington

43. There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it. – Amanda Gorman

44. When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. – Malala Yousafzai

45. It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are. – Malala Yousafzai

46. He who has a why to live can bear almost anyhow. – Friedrich Nietzsche

47. Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

48. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

49. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. – Friedrich Nietzsche

50. All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Encouraging Quotes About Perseverance

51. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

52. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele

53. Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

54. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

55. As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better. – Dr. Steve Maraboli

56. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. – Walter Elliot

57. When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. – Elon Musk

58. If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. – H. G. Wells

59. Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. – Sam Levenson

60. Either I will find a way, or I will make one. – Philip Sidney

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Words of Encouragement About Failure

61. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison

62. But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. – Ernest Hemingway

63. A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. – B. F. Skinner

64. I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

65. It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates

66. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill

67. Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

68. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. – Abraham Lincoln

69. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. – C. S. Lewis

70. A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. – John Burroughs

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Words of Encouragement and Empowerment

71. Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia

72. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. – Unknown

73. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.- Robert H. Schuller

74. The more things you do, the more you can do. – Lucille Ball

75. Wherever you are – be all there. – Jim Elliot

76. If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. – Emile Zola

77. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William Butler Yeats

78. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. – Thomas Paine

79. You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. – George Lucas

80. No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one. – Jessica Savitch

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Encouraging Quotes for Women

81. Be a Girl with a mind, a Woman with attitude, and a Lady with class. – Anonymous

82. The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet. – Mohadesa Najumi

83. Stay strong and make them wonder how you’re still smiling. – Anonymous

84. You are allowed to scream. You are allowed to cry. But do not give up. – Anonymous

85. A strong woman knows how to keep her life in line. With tears in her eyes, she still manages to say, “nah, I’m fine.” – Anonymous

86. Little girls with dreams become women with vision. – Anonymous

87. You can become strong and powerful and beautiful. – Anonymous

88. She builds people up because she knows what it is like to be torn down. – Shannon L. Alder

89. Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it. – Harriet Morgan

90. A girl should be two things: who and what she wants. – Coco Chanel

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Encouraging Quotes for Men

91. To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe – Anatole France

92. One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

93. Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. – Bruce Lee

94. The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. – Dale Carnegie

95. Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. – Franklin Jones

96. Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. – Henry Ford

97. We need men who can dream of things that never were. – John F. Kennedy

98. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. –Thomas Paine

99. A real man loves and respects his wife and is not only a good father but a man that his kids want to call ‘Daddy.’ – Frank Abagnale

100. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. – Samuel Johnson

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Encouraging Quotes About Life

101. Life is too short for long-term grudges. – Elon Musk

102. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

103. We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – E. M. Forster

104. We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

105. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne

106. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. – Arthur Rubinstein

107. One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. – William Feather

108. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. – Josh Billings

109. The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

110. We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life. – William Osler

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Encouraging Quotes About Change

111. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama

112. Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster. – Elon Musk

113. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

114. There is nothing permanent except change. – Heraclitus

115. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. – Alan Watts

116. If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. – Gail Sheehy

117. Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. – A. C. Benson

118. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. – Arnold Bennett

119. When you blame others, you give up your power to change. – Robert Anthony

120. What’s dangerous is not to evolve. – Jeff Bezos

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Encouraging Quotes About Love

121. Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

122. Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ – Erich Fromm

123. Love is a friendship set to music. – Joseph Campbell

124. What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. – Pearl Bailey

125. To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. – David Viscott

126. Love has no age, no limit; and no death. – John Galsworthy

127. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. – Dalai Lama

128. Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. – John Lennon

129. Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy. – Dwight L. Moody

130. Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. – H. L. Mencken

131. There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry David Thoreau


We hope you have found these quotes encouraging and that they will help you to overcome adversity in your life.

Which quote was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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