Favorite Quotations ~ Encouragement Words That Shook the World

"Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul." ~ George M. Adams


The truth is that everything that can be accomplished by showing a person when he's wrong, ten times as much can be accomplished by showing him where he is right. The reason we don't do it so often is that it's more fun to throw a rock through a window than to put in a pane of glass. ~ Robert T. Allen, But I Do Mind Criticism

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. ~ Johann von Goethe

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 M. Adams

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause. ~ George M. Adams

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

We live by encouragement and die without it -- slowly, sadly, angrily. ~ Celeste Holm

Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement. Legend tells us that Lincoln’s dying mother called her small son to her bedside and whispered, ‘Be somebody, Abe’. ~ Wilfred A. Peterson

A good leader encourages followers to tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear. ~ John C. Maxwell

Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day. ~ Booker T. Washington

A friend drops their plans when you're in trouble, shares joy in your accomplishments, feels sad when you're in pain. A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice but when you don't follow it, they still respect and love you. ~ Doris Wild Helmering