Words of encouragement for adults (61+)

Words of encouragement for adults

  • “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
  • “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” — Unknown
  • “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis
  • “Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” — Anne Frank
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can!” — Unknown
  • “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein
  • “When there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah
  • “Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted.” — Christine Caine
  • “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best.” — Leslie Grossman
  • “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks
  • “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
  • “It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
  • “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” — Charles Swindoll
  • “Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.” — Helen Keller
  • “I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’ I now understand it really well.” — Robin Roberts
  • “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” — Oprah
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry Thoreau
  • “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” —Unknown
  • “You are stronger than you know. More capable than you ever dreamed. And you are loved more than you could possibly imagine.” — Unknown
  • “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard
  • “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” — Oscar Wilde
  • “Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up.” — Brittany Burgunder
  • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” — Walt Whitman
  • “I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” — Audrey Hepburn
  • “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde
  • “I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” — Dalai Lama
  • “Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will.” — Dr. Robert Anthony
  • “When you let your light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” — Nelson Mandela
  • “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.” — Robert H. Schuller
  • “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” — Aldous Huxley
  • “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
  • Thoughts and feelings tend to become less bothersome and go away on their own once we start giving them less attention. Giulia Suro Learning to Thrive
  • We want to add beliefs that build us up, encourage us and support us. We want beliefs that are ‘the wind beneath our wings’, causing us to soar and to be all we can be.
  • Barbara Lucas, Put Hand to Plow
  • Much of the difference you make tomorrow will start with what you do today. Ernie J Zelinski
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  • Encouragement for your day, today!
  • Happiness is your responsibility. If you depend or wait for other people to make you happy you will always be disappointed. Byron Pulsifer, Responsibility for Happiness
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  • It never gets better, you just get better at it. Peter Dunne, The 50 Things Words of Encouragment for Men
  • I have been a reader of biographies for many years, and I have yet to find a successful person whose life was free from problems and difficulties. Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bumps Are What You Climb On
  • Everyone has a story. Put another way, everyone’s life is a story. Dan B. Allender, To Be Told
  • Choose well your words. They will go marching down the years in the lives you touch. Wilfred Peterson
  • Being motivated is more than simply doing the things we have to do. It’s also about identifying and cutting out the things we should stop. Andrew Alexander, Deconstructing Motivation
  • We all have the ability to replace a negative thought with a positive one. You must be aware of what you are thinking about! Yvonne Haughton, Good Night Insomnia
  • Encourage continued communication sometimes all it takes is a nod of your head or a brief word, or listening sounds. Clive Harman, How to Communicate Effectively
  • We can become quiet and by doing so the door to Silence opens. Robert Sardello, Silence
  • Don’t work 70 hours a week just to get paid. Spend time up front determining your purpose. Andrew Tye, 33 Professional Development Tips
  • Give it a try.
  • Go for it.
  • Why not?
  • It’s worth a shot.
  • What are you waiting for?
  • What do you have to lose?
  • You might as well.
  • Just do it.
  • Hang in there.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Keep pushing.
  • Keep fighting!
  • Stay strong.
  • Never give up.
  • Never say ‘die’.
  • Come on! You can do it!.
  • I’ll support you either way.
  • I’m behind you 100%.
  • It’s totally up to you..
  • It’s your call.
  • Follow your dreams.
  • Reach for the stars.
  • Do the impossible.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • The sky is the limit.
  • .“Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.” — Andrew Hendrixson
  • “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” — Coco Chanel
  • “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein
  • “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” — Brian Tracy
  • “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” — Grace Coddington
  •  “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Henry David Thoreau
  • “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” — Author Unknown
  • “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma
  • “You cannot save people, you can just love them.” — Anaïs Nin
  • “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” — Howard Ruff
  • “Take your dreams seriously.” — Author Unknown
  • “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” — (actually, not a Buddha quote)
  • “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King
  • “You will succeed because most people are lazy.” — Shahir Zag
  • “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison
  • “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Author Unknown
  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it.” — Albus Dumbledore

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