Encouragement Quotes

Sometimes a quote from someone who's been there can help inspire

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When you're having trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, it can be hard to keep moving forward. But when quitting is not an option, and you need a boost of self-confidence to rise to a challenge, it can be helpful to hear from others who have overcome adversity. 

Here are some words of wisdom from people who have struggled with obstacles and pushed through to meet their goals. 

Encouragement Quotes From Athletes

  • Mia Hamm: "So celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed." — The American soccer player led the Women's World Cup-winning team in 1991 and 1999, winning gold at the Olympics in 1996 and 2004.
  • Michael Jordan: "Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." — The basketball legend was once told he was "too short" to play the game.

Encouragement Quotes From Writers

  • J.R.R. Tolkien: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." ― The Fellowship of the Ring. Gandalf the wizard tries to reassure Frodo as Frodo prepares to take on the quest of the One Ring. 
  • George Eliot: “The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.” ― From the novel Middlemarch, which tells the story of Dorothea Brooke, who struggles with provincial life.

Politicians' Encouraging Quotes

  • John F. Kennedy: "When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters: one represents danger and the other represents opportunity." ― America's 35th president struggled with health problems early in life and later received the Purple Heart and Silver Star for rescuing the crew of the PT-109 during World War II.
  • Margaret Thatcher: "What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing, knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. ― She overcame significant odds to become the United Kingdom's first female prime minister.

Entertainers' Encouraging Quotes

  • Diana Ross: "You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself." ― The lead singer of The Supremes and successful solo singer worked hard, often at multiple jobs, to achieve her success.
  • Bob Marley: "I don't have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool." ― The Jamaican singer recovered from a near-fatal shooting to become a reggae icon.
  • Helen Keller: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ― Born deaf, mute and blind, Keller became a best-selling author and lecturer. 
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