90 Encouraging Quotes For Men And Women Who Want To Succeed

One of the best ways to receive the strength to push on in life is through encouraging quotes from people who have faced and dealt with similar difficulties. It’s easy to give in to feelings of self-doubt and back down from challenges but sometimes, in addition to encouraging ourselves, inspiring words go a long way to lift our hearts and help us confront our fears.

So, when you’re kind to someone by offering positive words of support and approval, you are helping the person to face his or her fears in no small way, as long as they are comforting and at the same time applicable to the situation. Below are some encouraging quotes that anyone who’s desperate to succeed will totally find meaningful.

Encouraging Quotes For Women

1. A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. — Diane Mariechild

2. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. — Alice Walker

3. Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. — Margaret Thatcher

4. Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her. — Yulia Tymoshenko

5. Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you. — Hillary Clinton

6. I am a woman with thoughts and questions and sh*t to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will. — Amy Schumer

7. You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. ― Brigham Young

8. A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. — Eleanor Roosevelt

9. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b*tch. You’ve got to go out and kick a**. — Maya Angelou

10. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.— Marie Curie

11. A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. — Melinda Gates

12. Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do… I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back. — Edna Gardner Whyt

13. Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes”. — Clare Boothe Luce

14. She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear. — Atticus

15. Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out. — Anita Roddick

16. People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfilment]. Actually a job is better for me. — Princess Diana

17. Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses. — Madame Marie du Deffand

18. We can do no great things, only small things with great love. — Mother Teresa

19. I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. — Oprah Winfrey

20. The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.— Susan B. Anthony

21. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. — Susan B. Anthony

22. A woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. — Margaret Sanger

23. Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that 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

24. Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. — Anne Sweeney

25. You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are. — Melissa Etheridge

26. Successful women are not liked. I think the biggest danger for women in science is colleagues who are not as good as you are. — Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

27. The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world. — Arlene Rankin

28. We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home. — Rosalyn Sussman

29. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself. — Emma Stone

30. A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts. —  Nancy Rathburn

Encouraging Quotes For Men

31. It takes a great man to be a good listener. Calvin Coolidge

32. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. — Theodore Roosevelt

33. No great man ever complains of want of opportunity — Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. Continuous effort – not strength nor intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. — Winston Churchill

35. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. — Ernest Hemingway

36. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. — John C. Maxwell

37. I mean, any fool can have courage. But honour, that’s the real reason you do something or you don’t. Its’ who you are and maybe who you want to be. — The Blind Side Movie

38. The right of nature… is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life. — Thomas Hobbes

39. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln

40. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however, measured or far away. — Henry David Thoreau

41. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up. — Anne Lamott

42. The great thing in life is efficiency. If you amount to anything in the world, your time is valuable, your energy precious. They are your success capital, and you cannot afford to heedlessly throw them away or trifle with them. — Orison Swett Marden

43. If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavours to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. — Henry David Thoreau

44. True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His Promises. — Francis Chan

45 There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. — Orison Swett Marden

46. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. — Bob Marley

47. A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous. — Thomas Hobbes

48. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

49. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

50. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

51. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek — Barack Obama

person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek

52. A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. — Plato

53. No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed. — Godfrey Winn

54. Do not waste time dreaming of great faraway opportunities; do the best you can where you are. Open your petals of power and beauty and fling out the fragrance of your life in the place that has been assigned to you. — Orison Swett Marden

55. My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair. — Aeschylus

56. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. — Orison Swett Marden

57. A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. — Roy H. Williams

58. There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense. — Thomas Hobbes

59. What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God. — Rick Warren

60. I love a man with a great sense of humor and who is intelligent – a man who has a great smile. He has to make me laugh. I like a man who is very ambitious and driven and who has a good heart and makes me feel safe. I like a man who is very strong and independent and confident – that is very sexy – but at the same time, he’s very kind to people. — Nicole Scherzinger

Encouraging Quotes For Students

61. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. — Beverly Stills

62. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. — Albert Einstein

63. Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. — Francis Bacon

64. The man who does not read books has no advantage over the one who cannot read them. — Mark Twain

65. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. — Zig Ziglar

66. The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. — B.B. King

67. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. — John Wooden

68. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. — Helen Keller

69. Success doesn’t come to you, you’ve got to go to it. — Marva Collins

70. Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. — Malcolm X

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

72. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. — Og Mandino

73. The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. — Mark Zuckerberg

74. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. — John Maxwell

75. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. — Newt Gingrich

76. 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

77. If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

78. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

80. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. — Jim Rohn

See Also: 125 Quotes About Strength And Courage in Hard Times

Encouraging Quotes For Kids

Kids need to be encouraged on a regular basis as it helps them to be more positive, behave better, and strive to succeed. Basically, when you encourage your kids, you boost their self-esteem, help them develop their imagination and motivate them to try harder.  If you are preparing your boy or girl to survive and succeed, then these encouraging quotes will help you awaken their thoughts and soul.

81. Why Fit in when you are born to stand out — Dr Suess

82. Your victory is around the corner, don’t give up — Niki Minaj

83. What God knows about us is more important than what others think.” — Tim Tebow

84. Never doubt yourself, it will only hold you back. — J.M. Barrie

85. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. — TobyMac

86. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle

87.The most important things in life are not what you can see, but what you feel. — Antoine de Saint Exupéry

88. You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. — A.A. Milne

89. True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style. — Nicole Richie

90. If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. — Roald Dahl

Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


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