Quotes for
the Journey:


Nine tenths of education
is encouragement.

Anatole France


Flatter me, and I may not believe you.  Criticize me, and I may not like you.  Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.  Encourage me, and I will not forget you.  Love me and I may be forced to love you.       -William Arthur Ward


Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement--and we will make the goal.       -Jerome P. Fleishman

The truth is that everything that can be accomplished by showing a person when he or she is wrong, ten times as much can be accomplished by showing him where he or she 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

Giving encouragement to others is a most welcome gift, for the results of it are lifted spirits, increased self-worth, and a hopeful future.      -Florence Littauer


Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else.  No other argument is necessary to suggest that one 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

Whether or not we realize it each of us has within the ability to set some kind of example for people.  Knowing this, would you rather be the one known for being the one who encouraged others, or the one who inadvertently discouraged those around you?       -Josh Hinds
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.       -Elizabeth Harrison

We flourish under the benefits of encouragement, praise, approval, and acceptance.  If we live with encouragement--especially our own--we learn to be confident.  If we live with self-praise, we learn to appreciate what's around us.  If we coexist with self-approval, we're more likely to give ourselves--and others--a little slack.        -Leslie Levine

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

Something I realized a few years ago in one of those "Of course--I should have realized that all along!" moments is that encouragement is absolutely free.  It doesn't cost me a cent to give it out, but its payoff is incredible.  A brighter smile, improved performance on any sort of task, much more enjoyment in doing something--I see these in people constantly when I or someone else encourages them.  I often read stories by adults who have succeeded in life largely in part because just one person saw their potential and encouraged them when they were younger, and they have never forgotten those people or their words.  Wouldn't you love to feel that something like that would be possible with you as the remembered person?  I know that I would, but unless I plant the seeds today, that sort of harvest will never come to pass.       -Tom Walsh

A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.      -unattributed
So often we think that to be encouragers we have to produce great words of wisdom when, in fact, a few simple syllables of sympathy and an arm around the shoulder can often provide much needed comfort.      -Florence Littauer

I have never seen people who could do real work except under the stimulus of encouragement and enthusiasm and the approval of the people for whom they are working.        -B.C. Forbes


The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement.  Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential.  If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.  We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.        -Sidney Madwed


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


Correction does much, but encouragement does more.  Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Our workaday lives are filled with opportunities to bless others.  The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimated.       -G. Richard Rieger


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My dad encouraged me to quit my job and pursue the life that I am about to have.  He got excited with me.  He was the first one to tell me that I could do it.  I am 30 years old, and I still find great power in my own dad telling me itís possible.  I still find great power in my own dad telling me I can do it.      -Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
To encourage me is to believe in me, which gives me the power to defeat dragons.      -Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
If all we ever offer is blanket praise without any meaning behind it, kids will always seek approval because they'll never feel satisfied. If we offer genuine encouragement for their accomplishments, they won't need our approval; they'll approve of themselves.      -Kelly Bartlett, Encouraging Words for Kids

Encouraging others can be the catalyst to unleashing their greatness.     -Rob Liano
Sometimes we have to inspire and encourage ourselves, through our personal narrative.  And we start with what we know.     -Deborah L. Parker, For People of Strength, Soul, and Spirit
Who do you spend time with?  Criticizers or encouragers?  Surround yourself with those who believe in you.  Your life is too important for anything less.     -Steve Goodier
Tell your child, your spouse, or your employee that he or she is stupid or dumb at a certain thing, has no gift for it, and is doing it all wrong, and you have destroyed almost all incentive to try to improve.  But use the opposite technique--be liberal with your encouragement, make the thing seem easy to do, let the other person know that you have faith in his or her ability to do it, that the person has an undeveloped flair for it--and that person will practice until the dawn comes in the window in order to excel.     -Dale Carnegie


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