My 20 Favourite Words of Encouragement

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Sometimes we all need a bit of encouragement. Here are some of my favourite quotations to get your Sunday off to the right start (in no particular order). Feel free to share yours in the comments below.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

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

Self Care Sunday Quote

It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.

Mandy Hale

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

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

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

Wayne Dyer Quote

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

Wayne Dyer

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Edmund Hillary

Never regret something that once made you smile.

Amber Deckers

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

Wally Amos Quote

It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realise that whatever you’re doing, it’s your first attempt at it.

Wally Amos

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

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

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

Goethe Quote

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a take-off. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the aeroplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.

Donald Trump

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Chinese Proverb Quote

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb


A few weeks ago I asked my twitter friends what their favourite encouraging quotation is, and this is what they said:

Shybiker Ralph said:

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” (Lucille Ball)

Jade said:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole live believing it is stupid.” (Albert Einstein)

Medusa said:

Bravery is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going.” (Paulo Coelho)

Add yours below.


6 Responses

  1. Shybiker

    Great quotations. And I find them helpful right now. I’m discouraged about life in general and need something to boost me emotionally. Reading this good post helps. Thanks, buddy!

    • Splodz

      Hey. I’m glad you found these useful (thanks again for your contribution) but I’m sad you are discouraged with life at the moment. I hope today brings new motivation and a natural smile grows across your face x

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