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Encouraging Quotes For Various Situations

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.

82 Comments

  1. Rachel Van't Land Rachel Van't Land April 9, 2014

    Hard to pick just one! But this is the one that stood out to me the most. It’s pretty all-purpose.

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

    Thanks so much for posting these!
    -Rachel

  2. Pixie Pixie April 8, 2014

    Such beautiful quotes!!
    Loved the quote by Dalai Lama.. 🙂

  3. Sheethal Sheethal April 7, 2014

    Loved every one of them. Could relate something or the other with every one of them …

  4. Richa Singh Richa Singh April 7, 2014

    Bookmarked this one, will get back to it every now and then. Have not quite recovered from somethings, and perhaps all of them put together will do some good.

  5. Rekha Rekha April 7, 2014

    This was candy for the eyes and music to the ears that love quotes. I have 4 diaries filled up with quotes and sayings that I have read so far. Some of them repetitions. But in this post I see lots that can be added on to my collection. Thank you, Corinne! 🙂

  6. Shalini Shalini April 7, 2014

    Beautiful collection of quotes- very heart warming 🙂
    I love this quote and think of it in difficult times- “Remember…Even this will Pass!” Thanks for sharing these. ..

  7. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo April 7, 2014

    I love those quotes that gives me such a high in life at a time when hope seems to elude away from us. It’s a big motivation and thanks for sharing, Corinne:)

  8. Joyce Joyce April 7, 2014

    I like Denis W. Don’t want to take the risk of doing nothing.

  9. Kathy Combs ( Kathy Combs ( April 7, 2014

    Loved all the quotes you shared here. They were all so uplifting! ♥

  10. Shailaja V Shailaja V April 6, 2014

    My favourite quote from the above list is the one by Iyanla Vanzant. I honestly believe that all our pain and all our pleasures come into our lives for a reason. And we must greet them both, since they help us grow. This is a lovely list, Corinne.

  11. nabanita nabanita April 6, 2014

    So many wonderful quotes…I don’t know which one to pick as my favorite 🙂

  12. Aditi Aditi April 6, 2014

    Fabulous quote collection Corinne! Esp loved Charles de Lint’s and Amy Bloom’s 🙂

  13. The Real Cie The Real Cie April 6, 2014

    As a person with bipolar disorder, I truly appreciate the words of the Dalai Lama. Looking at it this way, I realize that the Universe is kind of bipolar itself! 😉
    Thank you for sharing these.

  14. simple girl simple girl April 6, 2014

    book marked this post.. will come back to it again ….

  15. peppylady (Dora) peppylady (Dora) April 6, 2014

    Love postive quote or words of encouragement. When I real like to hit them when around some cranky person.

    Coffee is on

  16. suzanne sapsed suzanne sapsed April 6, 2014

    I am a huge fan of quotes – too many to have a favourite – in every room of our home. And often mentioned on my blog 🙂

  17. Carol Graham Carol Graham April 6, 2014

    Loved the quotes, loved the message. Very thought provoking. I especially liked the first one — we are imperfect and flawed, but beautiful. This is the message we need to send our children. What a wonderful way to praise them.

    Thank you

  18. Cat Cat April 6, 2014

    Love all the encouraging quotes, Corinne. You know how much I love quotes and daily affirmations. I’m convinced they help get our minds on the right path. I love the one by Sylvia Plath about self doubt. So true! Thank you to you for always being so encouraging and helpful to other writers. I see your kindness and warmth scattered all over the place and it makes me feel so good.

    CatGraham

  19. Ananya Kiran Ananya Kiran April 6, 2014

    I totally believe in this line –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
    Thanks for encouraging so many of us 🙂

  20. Shesha Chaturvedi Shesha Chaturvedi April 6, 2014

    Quite encouraging quotes for everyone to believe in themselves. Imperfections I believe are there in a person from others’ perspective, else there is a beauty in wild-flowers too. 🙂

  21. Monica Deshpande Monica Deshpande April 6, 2014

    A super collection of quotes, Corinne. I loved ‘Everything we experience—no matter how unpleasant—comes into our lives to teach us something.’ So true!

    My current favourite quote is by Winnie the Pooh/ A. A Milne – “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

    Cheers!

  22. Debbie Deupree Debbie Deupree April 6, 2014

    Loving ALL the quotes!! Today this one resonates with me the most:
    “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
    Thank you again for sharing. Lovely!!

  23. Kripali Kripali April 6, 2014

    I absolutely loved this quote ‘You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful. ~ Amy Bloom’. Such a thoughtful post this is Corinne.

    – Kripali
    (AJ’s wHooligans)

  24. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 5, 2014

    O these are some wonderful quotes. I particularly like the one by Joseph Campbell, and the C. S. Lewis quote on writing. Very helpful reminders, all of them, and definitely encouraging! Thanks for sharing these, Corinne 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Glad you liked them, Beloo! I have a lot more from where those came from! 😉

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Glad you liked them, Beloo! I have a lot more from where those came from! So give me a holler if you need any. 🙂

  25. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando April 5, 2014

    I love the quote from C. S. Lewis – writing allows us to create anything we wish. How freeing is that?
    Love and blessings!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Yes, the more we start seeing ourselves as creators, the better it is for the world too, don’t you think, Martha?

  26. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick April 5, 2014

    YEssssssssssS!
    There is a reason all of the words above are VERY quotable!
    I have many, but one I have in my writing room is: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.” –Annie Lamott

    Xxx

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      You know, Kim, I love that one and follow it too! I considered sharing it here, but thought I’d use it in another context.
      Another reason for me to hug you! Or do I need one? 🙂

  27. Debbie Debbie April 5, 2014

    Excellent quotes, Corinne! I could use a little encouragement these days. 🙂

  28. Damaria Senne Damaria Senne April 5, 2014

    It’s the Bruce Lee quote that resonates with me today. I fear that so many times we are encouraged to go and copy someone else. They are successful; they have the formula so follow them. And we have so many successful imitators that that too starts looking attractive, like it’s a shortcut to sucecss. Except, our lives and our circumstances and the way we experience life is different.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      So true, Damaria. We do the world a disservice when we try to be anything other than ourselves!

  29. Glenda Cates Glenda Cates April 5, 2014

    Great quotes and ones I will be able to use daily so I am printing them out to hang on my wall. Thanks for taking the time to share them with us.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Glad you liked them, Glenda. Would love to see a picture of them on your wall. 🙂

  30. Stri Stri April 5, 2014

    Feels good after reading this Corinne 🙂

  31. Jayanta Tewari Jayanta Tewari April 5, 2014

    Hi Corinne,
    The ones for the writers resonate with me…Others also keep you motivated . Thanks for sharing…

  32. Sophie Bowns Sophie Bowns April 5, 2014

    What a gorgeous selection of posts!
    I loved the Stephen King one too! 🙂

  33. Lisa from Lisa's Life Lisa from Lisa's Life April 5, 2014

    Good quotes, I like the Stephen King one. Visiting from the Ultimate Blog challenge 🙂

  34. Danny Simon Danny Simon April 5, 2014

    Wow…I guess I will be joining you n Shilpa for the E word… mine’s the same… was searching for quotes n never came across any of these… I’m book marking this post for future reference :-)… loved the way you’ve classified the quotes

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Aha…we’re all being encouraging, aren’t we? I have a ‘secret-source’ of quotes! Might have some more before the challenge is over too! 😉

      Thanks, Danny.

  35. Suzy Suzy April 5, 2014

    Love the quote by Oprah. 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. I also love quotes.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Yes, Suzy. I’ve learned this from experience too.
      And I’m a quote collector! 😉

  36. Francene Stanley Francene Stanley April 5, 2014

    I like them all, but this is my favorite:
    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. ~ Dalai Lama

  37. Psych Babbler Psych Babbler April 5, 2014

    I love these quotes…the ones on taking risks are appealing to me the most at present. And I also love the very first one on being imperfect. You will have to wait for my post on I to know more about my thoughts on that topic… 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      I can see why the ones on taking risks appealed t you, PB. You’ve been doing that a lot in recent years. Keeping my eyes fixed for your ‘I’ post!

  38. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 5, 2014

    Wow! What a great bouquet of inspiring quotes!
    “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again”… this is the one for me, today! Thanks for sharing these pearls! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Glad you liked them, Shilpa. And yes, that one is my favourite too!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Thank you! I see that we were thinking on the same lines! 🙂

  39. Leo Leo April 5, 2014

    I peruse goodreads sometimes, and I have a collection of wallpapers that have inspirational quotes too 🙂 There are people who believe just reading a quote will not change anything, but I feel otherwise. It’ll give you that moment’s inspiration to break free of whatever is holding you back.

    Bookmarking this post-page, Corry 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Goodreads is my absolute go-to place for quotes, Leo! I love that many of them are ‘new’ (to me, at least). I know people think quotes don’t do anything, but for me they’re an affirmation of the power of words!
      Thank you, Leo.

  40. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi April 5, 2014

    brilliant selection of quotes 😀 Loved them all 🙂

  41. Kim Kim April 5, 2014

    I loved all of them but the one that spoke to me tonight was by Sylvia Plath. Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Glad you liked them. Yes, Sylvia Plath’s words are always amazing! Thank you.

  42. Archana Archana April 5, 2014

    Wow! I need these quotes. Loved them all. Thanks.

  43. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen April 5, 2014

    The 1000 fragments of a broken dream are enough to give us 1000 new dreams…. A wonderful collection of Quotes, and this is a post we can always come back to, to get inspired again and again…. The Dalai Lama quotes are too good, and the one for writers is what we all need at the moment !

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Thanks, Sreeja. I loved that dream one too – it’s so true!

  44. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

    Thanks, Pro. Actually I came across it only recently and like you said found it simple and powerful like you said.

  45. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 5, 2014

    The quote-junkie in me is dancing happily! 😀 Love the first photo! And the Dalai Lama quotes are all inspiring!

    🙂 Thank you for brightening my day!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      I knew you’d like this, and the topic too! Thanks, Vidya.

  46. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian April 5, 2014

    Beautiful quotes!
    I particularly liked Bruce Lee’s “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” A powerful message in simple language.

  47. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan April 5, 2014

    What a great and uplifting collection, Corinne – thank you for this!

  48. Eli Eli April 5, 2014

    Sooooo many wonderful quotes, Corinne:-) To print out and keep this one- for times of need… Right now I feel very attracted to all the Encouraging quotes for writers… All of them!:-) He he . Thanks for sharing

    I like this one: “Tread softly, Breathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically.”
    ― Nelson Mandela

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 5, 2014

      Thanks, Eli. Yes, I just had to include encouragement for writers! 😉

      Thanks for sharing that quote. I hadn’t read it before! It’s lovely.

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