34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten
Your Day

Do you need some encouragement?

When we’re feeling stuck or when we’re faced with an unprecedented challenge, it’s often
helpful to read a few words of encouragement to not only encourage ourselves, but to inspire us
to be an encouraging force for others. To celebrate the power of women everywhere, we’ve
rounded up some of the most encouraging quotes for women. I’ve included quotes by some of
the world’s most influential women including politicians, authors, human rights activists, fashion
icons and Grammy award-winning artists. These words of encouragement will be sure to inspire
you to reach for your goals. Whether it’s achieving your dreams, inspiring others, or becoming
more compassionate, these quotes are sure to bring a bit of positivity and optimism into your
day.

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Quotes on encouragement and compassion
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane
Mariechild
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa
“If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” — Aung San Suu Kyi
“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love,
friendship, indignation and compassion.” — Simone De Beauvoir
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother
Teresa
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.
Never throw out anyone.” — Audrey Hepburn

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Quotes on courage and determination
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your
friends.” — J.K. Rowling
“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
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” — Malala Yousafzai
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great
because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham

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Quotes on strength and confidence
“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively
“I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome.” — Anonymous
“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” — Byron Katie
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“I think the best way to have confidence is not to allow everyone else’s insecurities to be your
own.” — Jessie J
“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
“When there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
— Judy Garland

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Quotes on life choices
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
“I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” — Oprah Winfrey
“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn
“You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all
here for a certain space of time, and, and then it’s going to be over, and you better make this
count.” — Nancy Reagan
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Quotes on perspective
“Keep your sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself.” — Betsey Johnson
“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” — Anne Frank
“If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.” — Lady Gaga
“When you notice that you’re having negative thoughts about how all of this is going to pan out,
you need to remind yourself that you are not a very good fortune teller.” — Donna W. Hill
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Quotes about success
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” — Helen Keller
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” — Ingrid Bergman
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah

I hope that these words of encouragement will bring some positivity into your day and bring you
one step closer towards achieving your goals. Spread the message with an encouraging gift for a
loved one or friend with a bouquet or sentimental gift inspired by these encouraging quotes.
Thank you for listening to Latenight with Cornell, right here live on Urbanxtraradio with your
host, of course I’m talking about myself your host Cornell Bunting

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