34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

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 34 of the most encouraging quotes for women. We’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.

34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

Quotes on encouragement and compassion

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

2. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa

3. “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” — Aung San Suu Kyi

4. “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

5. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

6. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” —Mother Teresa

7. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank

8. “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” — Audrey Hepburn

34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

Quotes on courage and determination

9. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” — Anaïs Nin

10. “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

11. “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

12. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” — Malala Yousafzai

13. “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

34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

Quotes on strength and confidence

14. “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively

15. “I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome.” — Anonymous

16. “Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” — Byron Katie

17. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

18. “I think the best way to have confidence is not to allow everyone else’s insecurities to be your own.” — Jessie J

19. “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

20. “When there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah

21. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” — Judy Garland

34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

Quotes on life choices

22. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart

23. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” — Oprah Winfrey

24. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook

25. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn

26. “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

34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

Quotes on perspective

27. “Keep your sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself.” — Betsey Johnson

28. “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” — Anne Frank

29. “If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.” — Lady Gaga

30. “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

34 Inspiring Words of Encouragement to Brighten Your Day

Quotes about success

31. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” — Helen Keller

32. “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” — Ingrid Bergman

33. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder

34. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah 

We hope that these words of encouragement will bring some positivity into your day and bring you one step closer to achieving your goals. Spread the message with an encouraging gift for a loved one or friend with a bouquet or sentimental Valentine’s Day gift inspired by these encouraging quotes.


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