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The Power of Encouragement

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Encouragement quotes remind us how important it is to both give and receive encouragement. Whether we are facing tough times, reaching for our dreams, wanting to uplift others, or seeking to make the world at large a better place to be, offering strengthening words of hope and support to those around us, and also very importantly to ourselves, is one of the best things that we can do.

Some encouragement quotes offer words pointing out the importance of support and positive input in the area of learning, and even suggest that encouragement far outweighs other factors that are often considered to be most significant.

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything." Goethe

These next quotes focus of the necessity of encouragement to our well-being, and liken this support to the essentials of air and water.

“Encouragement from any source is like a drop of rain upon a parched desert. Thanks to all the many others who rained on me when I needed it, and even when I foolishly thought I didn't.” Claire Gillian

“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” George M. Adams

Other encouragement quotes point out the benefit that we provide by offering encouragement to others; to those others, to the world around us, and also to ourselves.

“When we encourage others, With no personal motives, We raise high, very high, Humanity's progress-standard.” Sri Chinmoy

“Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.” Elizabeth Harrison

“Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.” George Burton Adams

Some encouragement quotes offer ideas on the best way to encourage others. These quotes suggest that it is by recognizing the merit in what people are doing, taking a genuine interest in and pleasure from their endeavors, and seeing them as they are capable of becoming that we can best inspire and uplift.

“Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.” Robert Martin

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” Jim Stovall

"Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would." Nelson Mandela

“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.” Warren G. Bennis

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” Goethe

Sometimes we can count on the support of friends when we are unable to offer this encouragement to ourselves, and at other times, we are our own best source of upliftment, as these next encouragement quotes submit.

"A friend encourages us when we doubt ourselves." Catherine Pulsifer

“If you have no one to encourage you, instead of using that as an excuse for failure, encourage yourself and use that as a reason why you must succeed.” Kevin Ngo

These final encouragement quotes offer some powerful food for thought on the subject. As this quote from the Roman poet Ovid suggests, even natural excellence and motivation can be enhanced by offering encouragement. “The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.”

And whatever challenges or obstacles we may be facing, we can take courage from these words of Henry David Thoreau telling us that with focus and effort, we can absolutely improve any aspect of our lives. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

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