Our experience of life will tell us that encouragement is truly the oxygen of the soul! I decided to put together some of the quotes I’ve come across over the years that I found most encouraging.

Encouraging Quotes  To Be Yourself

Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers… ~ Cecil Beaton

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Don’t forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.  ~Charles de Lint

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. ~ Amy Bloom

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ~Bruce Lee

Encouraging Quotes To Take Risks

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. ~ Agnes de Mille, dancer

Do one thing every day that scares you. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them. ~ George Bernard Shaw

You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side-bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win. ~ Judith McNaught

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. ~Denis Waitley

Encouraging Quotes For Dark Days

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure ~ Joseph Campbell

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I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. ~ Dalai Lama

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Everything we experience—no matter how unpleasant—comes into our lives to teach us something. ~Iyanla Vanzant

…Transformation happens when you dare to be awakened to greater heights. When you stay open no matter what. Letting each experience, especially the tough ones, strengthen you and add depth and wisdom. ~Oprah

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
~ Flavia Weedn

Encouraging Quotes For Writers

Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business when you will be the only one who does. Take heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong, distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous. But in the end, only the strong survive. ~ Jayne Ann Krentz

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~ Sylvia Plath

You can make anything by writing. ― C.S. Lewis

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. ― Stephen King

Which one of these encouraging quotes resonated with you? Do you have one that you particularly like that is not listed here? Do share.

This post is written for the letter E Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014. José and I are also doing the Challenge on our blog From 7Eight.