Words of Encouragement: 30 Short Uplifting Quotes

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Here is a collection of quotes that I hope will encourage you.  Share them with someone who needs to be encouraged and uplifted today or any day. I have also included a video of an upbeat song by Steven Curtis Chapman that I think will warm your heart. The video is just to the right. You will be singing it for the rest of the day.

Leaders of Countries Spoke Encouragement 

I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah” ~ David, King of Israel & Judah

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away’.’’ ~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America 

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” ~ Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during WWII 

“… tie a knot and hang on”

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. “ ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America 

Other Prominent Men Encourage

“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, ‘Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary’.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, American Clergyman and Leader of Civil Rights Movement

“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” ~ Robert “Bobby” Kennedy, American Politician and Civil Right Activist

“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, Dutch Painter 

“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, Scottish Scientist and Inventor

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford, American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company

 “I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star, I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.” ~ Milton Berle, American Comedian and Actor

“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.” ~ Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach

Famous Women Expressed Encouragement

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” ~ Helen Keller, American Author and Activist

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” ~ Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross

“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, American Abolitionist and Author 

“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, Canadian-born Actress, co-founder of United Artists 

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” ~ Drew Barrymore, American Actress 

“The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.” ~ Martha Washington, first First Lady of the United States

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945

Writers Wrote About Encouragement

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”  ~ Williams Shakespear, English Poet and Playwright

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist and Poet

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.” ~ William Stafford, American Poet

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, American Author, Poet and Abolitionist

The Bible is a Great Source of Encouragement 

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.~ Solomon, King of Israel; Proverbs 12:25

“… fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Almighty God; Isaiah 41:10

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith.” ~ John, son of Zebedee; 1 John 5:3-4

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth; John 10:27-30

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” ~ Paul of Tarsus; Romans 8:16-17

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” ~James, the brother of Jesus Christ; James 1:12

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” ~ Simon Peter; 1 Peter 5:6-8

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Sources -The Holy Bible, King James Version, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”, Youtube.com “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman

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Naomi June 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

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Today is a very tough day for me. After spending money and energy investing with no positive results, I feel so exhausted with life. I was looking for some encouraging words when I came accross your website. God has used you to encourage me and may He richly bless you! Amen.


Fred smith July 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

A good friend has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and I was looking for something positive and encouraging to tell him.
Some of these will be helpful. Thank you


theresa July 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

very encouraging i have been upto challanges but the Lord God has been good to me be blessed!


OPONG July 22, 2013 at 4:59 am

this is soo good!


Cyrus July 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

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Ellis hays August 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

Every day is a special day. If we can walk, talk and maintain a strong faith. We will rise beyond our heartaches, problems and shortcomings. Be careful to avoid, the people that harbor ill feelings and cause others to be hurt. God is still standing at the doors of your life knocking. Please, answer the doors laced and hung with great blessings. Search your hearts and minds. Enjoy a new freedom that will lead you through the storms and burdens of this life. Start each day in pray and do not entertain
the grains of hate. Be blessed by what you do for God and how you treat each child of God.


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zion August 14, 2013 at 4:14 am

i hav been going through hard and serious emotional truma. The enemy has drown me down,, looking for encourgment to move on so i hit this page.. Thanks to God for uplifting me. And thanks to you all for ur good work


Pamela Rose Williams August 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

All glory goes to God Zion. I am so thankful He brought you here for such a time as this!


Deborah O. August 19, 2013 at 6:27 am

Uplifting indeed. This should reduce the rate of suicide in our society. Bless you


Pamela Rose Williams August 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm



Jauda Kinge Zane August 19, 2013 at 7:49 am

You are doing a wonderful job. I am sure you have encouraged many through this medium. Keep it up!


Pamela Rose Williams August 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thank you Jauda for your kind words. God is good to allow me to minister in this way.


Addoh August 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

very passionate and encourages words. thanks for being an instrument for a transformed life. indeed there is hope for the futureless if they faint not and tread the path you have laid.


Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

All glory goes to God Addah


Crystal August 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I needed this today…talking to a prosecuting attorney on trying to lesson a plea bargain for my husband. I sometimes need to be reminded god will take care of all things when asked. Thanks you!


Diane PelZ March 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

hanks for being a wonderful source of encouragement to me. Your words help me to pass on encouragement to others.


Cindy Beeland November 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I need all the ençouragement i cam get! Im looking to God to help me.


Bruce C. May 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

I was looking for some encouraging words for my team at work. This is an awesome website. This brought tears to my eyes because it says what our hearts need to hear on a daily basis.


Jack Wellman May 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

What a kind thing to say sir. Thank you. You must really have a tender heart. Love that.


Pamela Rose Williams May 13, 2015 at 7:47 pm

So happy you are enjoying the website Bruce. Looks like it is equipping, encouraging and energizing you — and that is exactly our goal! Thanks for your words of encouragement to us. Drop in anytime.


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