150 Amazing Encouraging Quotes To Keep You Striving For Success

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There are times when your spirit gets so beat and you just want to give up.

Whether you have received another rejection letter, been dumped by someone you truly love or are simply exhausted by life’s ups and downs. You feel you’ve had enough and are ready to throw in the towel.

But, no matter how you feel though, the sun will still shine, the world will continue to revolve, and time will march on. And so should you.

Although it is understandable to feel tired from time to time. To grow weary and feel so knocked out. But as they say, rest if you must, but keep going.

Whatever you are going through in life, remember that you are strong and capable of overcoming adversities to achieve success.

So raise your head, smile, and use the power of words to turn things around today by reading encouraging quotes in this article. These 150 encouraging quotes are from people who felt hopeless but persevered and achieved incredible success in life.

150 Encouraging quotes for success

Encouraging quotes to help you succeed

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.

– Thomas J. Watson

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

– John Wooden

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

– Henry David Thoreau

Everything you can imagine is real.

– Pablo Picasso

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

– Swami Vivekananda

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

– Denis Waitley

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

– Neil Gaiman

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

– Jim Ryun

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.

– Octavia Butler

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

– Anaïs Nin

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

– Mary Kay Ash

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.

– Socrates

If we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day it usually is.

– Catherine Pulsifer

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

If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.

– Tony Gaskins

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.– Jane Smiley

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

– John F. Kennedy

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

– Maya Angelou

Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.

– William Faulkner

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.

– Dwayne Johnson

Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.

– Debby Boone

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

– George Bernard Shaw

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.

– Jenny Craig

Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.

– Zig Ziglar

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

– David Brinkley

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

– Albert Ellis

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

– Thomas J. Watson

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

– Steve Jobs

Encouraging quotes to help you work hard and succeed

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

– John Wooden

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

– Estée Lauder

If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

– Steve Jobs

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

– Alexander Graham Bell

Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.

– G.K. Nielson

To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.

– Summer Sanders

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

– Thomas Jefferson

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

– Paulo Coelho

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

– Steve Jobs

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.

– Pablo Picasso

Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had.

– Angela Bassett

Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.

– Ross Simmonds

Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.

– Leah LaBelle

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.

– Maria Edgeworth

If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

– Kenneth Goldsmith

Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.

– Walt Disney

The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.

– Oprah Winfrey

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it. Sauté it. Whatever. MAKE.

– Joss Whedon

If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.

– Tony Robbins

You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.

– Ali Krieger

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

– Muhammad Ali

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

– C.S. Lewis

You can’t have a million dollar dream on a minimum wage work ethic.

– Unknown

Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.

– Phillip Sweet

Motivation comes from working on things we care about.

– Sheryl Sandberg

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

– William Arthur Ward

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

– Pele

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

– Will Rogers

Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

Action is the foundational key to all success.

– Pablo Picasso

Encouraging quotes about success and getting started

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

– Mark Twain

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.

– Mark Victor Hansen

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

– Francis of Assisi

Fear of what other people will think is the single most paralyzing dynamic in business and in life. The best moment of my life was the day I realized that I no longer give a damn what anybody thinks. That’s enormously liberating and freeing, and it’s the only way to live your life and do your business.

– Cindy Gallop

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

– Lemony Snicket

If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.

– Drew Houston

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.

– Dawson Trotman

Small is not just a stepping-stone. Small is a great destination itself.

– Jason Fried

The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.

– Jessica Ennis

If you can’t yet do great things, do small things in a great way.

– Napoleon Hill

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

– Arthur Ashe

Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.

– Robert Collier

You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.

– Tina Fey

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.

– Mark Caine

You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.

– Unknown

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.

– Leo Buscaglia

Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be.

– Benjamin Hardy

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

– Unknown

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

– Grace Hopper

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

– Abraham Lincoln

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

You will never win if you never begin.

– Helen Rowland

The key to success is to start before you are ready.

– Marie Forleo

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so … get on your way!

– Dr. Seuss

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited about what could go right.

– Tony Robbins

Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.

–  Napoleon Hill

Done is better than perfect.

– Unknown

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

– Walt Disney

If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip.

– Robert Kiyosaki

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

– Buddha

Encouraging quotes about success when you persevere

Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.

– Calvin Coolidge

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

– Sam Levenson

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston S. Churchill

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

– Samuel Beckett

Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.

– Isabel Allende

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

– A.A. Milne

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

– Bo Jackson

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.

– Epicurus

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

– Henry Ford

How long should you try? UNTIL!

– Jim Rohn

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.

– Steve Maraboli

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been given a no. Only to find that a better, brighter, bigger yes was right around the corner.

– Arlan Hamilton

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

– Earl Nightingale

Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.

– Cormac McCarthy

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.

– Michael Jordan

Hold the vision, trust the process.

– Unknown

Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

– Benjamin Disraeli

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

– George Bernard Shaw

You can cry, scream, and bang your head in frustration but keep pushing forward. It’s worth it.

– Unknown

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

– Charles F. Kettering

Don’t quit yet, the worst moments are usually followed by the most beautiful silver linings. You have to stay strong, remember to keep your head up and remain hopeful.

– Unknown

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.

– H. Jackson Brown

Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.

– Chantal Sutherland

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

– Oscar Wilde

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

– Richard Branson

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

– Orison Swett Marden

Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.

– Unknown

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

– Douglas MacArthur

Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.

– Leigh Mitchell Hodges

Encouraging quotes to help you feel better and succeed

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.

– Unknown

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.

– William Arthur Ward

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

– Dale Carnegie

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.

– Will Rogers

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried but you’ve actually been planted.

– Christine Caine

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

– Steve Jobs

You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.

– Unknown 

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

– Ariana Huffington

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

– Henry Ford

You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.

– Wayne Dyer

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

– Frederick Douglass

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

– Stephen Hawking

The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.

– Unknown

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

– Vince Lombardi

Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. ’Til your good is better and your better is best.

– St. Jerome

The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

– Jimmy Johnson

Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up.

– Gabby Douglas

When you feel like giving up just remember that there are a lot of people you still have to prove wrong.

– Unknown

Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.

– Tena Desae

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

– C.S. Lewis

Practice makes progress, not perfect.

– Unknown

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

– Dr. Seuss

If today you are a little bit better than you were yesterday, then that’s enough.

– David A. Bednar

Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat is accepted as a reality.

– Bruce Lee

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

– Rob Siltanen

Don’t be upset when people reject you. Nice things are rejected all the time by people who can’t afford them.

– Unknown

I want to be remembered as the one who tried.

– Dr. Dorothy Height

You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.

– Barack Obama

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

– George Lorimer

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.

– George Sheehan

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