101 Encouraging Quotes to Inspire You to Be THE BEST

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Summary: The struggle can get real whether you're reaching for a new goal or trying to stay focused and work hard. Start your day with the best encouraging quotes here.


Whether you’re reaching for a new target after an achievement, working hard or trying to stay focused, we know the struggle gets real. So brace yourself, fellow wanderers, for you are about to embark on a different kind of journey filled with the best encouraging quotes possible.

A journey that visits the thoughts and observations of people across time – the people that changed history and the world.

Athletes and scientists, entrepreneurs and philosophers, and the revolutionary women and men that pushed the boundaries of change, and of themselves – minds that tangled with perception, and motivation, and stood strong in the face of tough times and tough decisions.

We look forward to seeing you in the comments section!

101 Encouraging Quotes to Inspire and Engage

Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraging quote

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.

– Orrin Woodward
Orrin Woodward encouraging quote

Success comes from having dreams that are bigger than your fears.

– Bobby Unser

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

– Will Rogers

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats
William Butlereyeats encouraging quote
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Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.

– Mark Amend

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light. 

– Thomas Huxley

You don’t drown by falling in water; you drown by staying there.

– Robert Collier

The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.

Matty Mullens

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action

– Benjamin Disraeli
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Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

George Addair

Your focus determines your reality.

– George Lucas
George Addair encouraging quote

– via reddit

Your focus determines your reality.

– George Lucas
George Lucas encouraging quote

 – via emiliano

Speak only if you can improve the silence.

– Spanish proverb

Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.

– Pablo Picasso

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ 

– Mary Anne Radmacher

Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.

– Coco Chanel (via lifehack)
Coco Chanel encouraging quote

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

–  Paulo Coelho

Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take the action. Take the action and your feelings will change.
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– Barbara Baron

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
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– Robert Schuller

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

– Babe Ruth

When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.

– Terry Bradshaw

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul Jabbar encouraging quote

There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.
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– Edith Wharton

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.”

– Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan encouraging quote

– via entrepreneur

Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.
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 – Robin Sharma

A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.

– Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey encouraging quote

45. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali encouraging quote
46. “Find a victory in every defeat to remain hopeful, and find a defeat in every victory to remain humble.” – Orrin Woodward 

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The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

– B.B. King
B.B.King encouraging quote

– via Dribble

The work you do when you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.

– Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische encouraging quotes

– via Jessica


Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

– Josh Wooden
Josh Wooden Encouraging Quotes

Learning never exhausts the mind. 

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci Encouraging Quotes

– via Lifehack

Every now and then it’s good to stop climbing and appreciate the view from right where you are.

– Lori Deschene
Lori Deschene Encouraging Quotes

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

– Stephen R Covey
Stephen R Covey Encouraging Quotes

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
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– Benjamin Disraeli 

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
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– Martin Luther King Jr

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.
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 – Vince Lombardi

Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

– Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens Encouraging Quotes

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

– Robert Collier

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
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– Abraham Lincoln 
Abraham Lincoln Encouraging Quotes

– via typostrate

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
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– Marianne Williamson

A man cannot build a reputation on what he is going to do.
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– Henry Ford

If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.

– Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti Encouraging Quotes

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

– Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda Encouraging Quotes

Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.

– Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking Encouraging Quotes

– via lifehack

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
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– Thomas Jefferson

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

– CS Lewis
CS Lewis Encouraging Quotes

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.

– Mortimer Adler
Mortimer Adler Encouraging Quotes

Whether you think you can, or you can’t – either way you’re right.

– Henry Ford
Henry Ford Encouraging Quotes

– via popsugar

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
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– Seth Godin

There are better starters than me, but I’m a strong finisher.

– Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Encouraging Quotes

– via success

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
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– Maya Angelou

The individual who says it is not possible should get out of the way of those doing it.

– Tricia Cunningham
Tricia Cunningham Encouraging Quotes

You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.
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– Walt Disney

I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
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– General George Patton

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. 
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– Aristotle

Always remember that you are absolutely unique; just like everone else.

– Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead Encouraging Quotes

– via behance

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

– John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell Encouraging Quotes

– via behance

The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.

– Benny Lewis
Benny Lewis Encouraging Quotes

Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

– Joshua J Marine
Joshua J Marine Encouraging Quotes

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
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– Unknown

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.

– J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling Encouraging Quotes

– via skinnyms

Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.

– Kara Goucher
Kara Goucher Encouraging Quotes

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.

– Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde Encouraging Quotes

What seems hard now will one day be your warm up.

– Unknown
Warm Up Encouraging Quotes

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

– Unknown
Wolves Encouraging Quotes

– via creativecanopy

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.

– Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps Encouraging Quotes

– via entrepreneur

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

– Pele 

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. 
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– Coco Chanel

There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either in or you’re out. There is no such thing as life in-between.

– Pat Riley

Do one thing every day that scares you. Taking risks takes practice.

– John Shumate

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

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

 – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey Encouraging Quotes

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Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

– Arnold Palmer

People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be, not what you nag them to be.
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 – Scudder Parker

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

– Lao Tzu 

The 3 C’s in life: Choice, chance, change. You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.

– Unknown
Choice Chance Change Encouraging Quotes

– via lifehack

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau Encouraging Quotes

– via behance

 Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

 – Stuart Scott
Stuart Scott Encouraging Quotes

– via Lifehack

Perfection is boring. Getting better is where all the fun is.

– Dragos Roua
Dragos Roua Encouraging Quotes

– via luke

When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
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– Steven Wright

Do it with passion, or not at all.
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– Rosa Nouchette Carey

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.

– Les Brown

Les Brown Encouraging Quote

Congratulations on making it all the way here, and thank you for joining us on a journey that we hope was an empowering one.

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Irina Yugay

Irina Yugay

As a former self-development and self-transcendence writer at Mindvalley, Irina uses words to transpire empowering ideas, transcendental feelings, and omniversal values. She's also an ascension coach who helps her clients grow their spiritual awareness and actualize their true nature. With a deep empirical understanding of the spiritual journey, Irina shares her insights and experiences with the readers to inspire them to transcend their limiting beliefs and achieve higher states of consciousness.
Written by

Irina Yugay

As a former self-development and self-transcendence writer at Mindvalley, Irina uses words to transpire empowering ideas, transcendental feelings, and omniversal values. She's also an ascension coach who helps her clients grow their spiritual awareness and actualize their true nature. With a deep empirical understanding of the spiritual journey, Irina shares her insights and experiences with the readers to inspire them to transcend their limiting beliefs and achieve higher states of consciousness.

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