When times are tough phenomenal quotes are tougher. So during these challenging times I thought I should update this article for those days when you need a boost. Here are quotes that are guaranteed to inspire and lift your spirits.

Don’t allow obstacles and challenges to stop you, they’re not bigger than you are. And even though it isn’t always easy to overcome hurdles and obstacles and lift your spirits, within you is greatness, live accordingly.

Your dreams are waiting to be delivered, but they need you to give them life. Remember when times are hard the hero in you gets you through.

During tough times we all need a little encouragement, so here are some phenomenal quotes to lift your spirits and keep your dreams alive.

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities…always see them…for they’re always there.

Norman Vincent Peale

Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.  Do the right thing because it is right.  These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

W. Clement Stone

Master your choices, or become the slave of their consequences.

Michael Rawls

The art of life is to sustain the feeling of the wish fulfilled and let things come to you, not to go after them or think they flee away.


Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. 

Saint Augustine

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Hugh Downs

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances

Martha Washington

An ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching.

Mahatma Gandhi

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend…

Sarah Ban Breathnach

The only journey is the one within.

Rainer Maria Rilke

A belief is only a thought you continue to think. A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability – if you try even a little bit – to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction.


The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.

Celestine Chua

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Never entertain an undesirable feeling, nor think sympathetically about wrong in any shape or form…to do so is to impress the subconscious with these limitations.


Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly.

Joseph Murphy

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.

Eric Butterworth

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.

G.K Chesterton

Every man who accomplishes things sees first in his mind what he wishes to do. He puts away all doubt. It makes no difference how small or how large the thing you want to do may be; if you have an unlimited confidence in your ability to do it, you will do it.

Charles Fillmore

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.

Mary Manin Morrissey

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.

Charles Schwab

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.

Marie Beyon Ray

Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you. If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you: and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.

Emmet Fox

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.


It is a most healthy and productive exercise to daily relive the day as you wish you had lived it, revising the scenes to make them conform to your ideals.


Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

Norman Vincent Peale

The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

G. K. Chesterton

Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun. Don’t be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step, and be very sure.

White Eagle

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire–then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.

Robert Fulghum

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Chinese Proverb

I am still learning…how to take joy in all the people I am, how to use all my selves in the service of what I believe, how to accept when I fail and rejoice when I succeed.

Audre Lorde

If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.

Joseph Campbell

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.

Loretta Girzartis

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to excite your ideas.

Henry Tor

Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.


The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly; the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.

William Arthur Ward

The mind, properly controlled, can do just about everything. You can think your way through adversity, you can think your way through problems. It is a super powerful instrument which so few use to maximum. And if the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.

Norman Vincent Peale

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and over think and hesitate.

Steven Pressfield

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

William Wordsworth

Opulence is the law of the universe, an abundant supply for every need if nothing is put in the way of its coming.

Ralph W. Trine

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy, and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.

Dorothy Day

The man who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he will never take part in one.

William Blake

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.

Betty Bender

If you think well of others, you will also speak well of others and to others. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If your heart is full of love, you will speak of love.

Mother Teresa

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.

Orison Sweet Marden

As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!

Robert Collier

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.

Amy Gatliff

I would love to hear from you – please share in the comments below any quotes that encourage or inspire you to get through those tough times, if you ever have any…tough times that is.  And if you don’t, we all want to know how you do it, especially me!

As always, I’m so grateful for all the wisdom shared in our comment section and for every tweet and facebook or google+ shares. You encourage and inspire me and I’m thankful for you.

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Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Hi Elle! What a great list of inspiring quotes –especially those from the classic writers of New Thought. You’ve included several I don’t think I’d ever heard before–thank you! I think the one that I resonate with this morning (probably cuz my current blog post is about living in the Now) is: “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. “~ Marie Beyon Ray In fact I like this idea so much I might have to do a list like this of my own. Thanks for the idea! ~Kathy

    • Elle

      Hi Kathy, glad you enjoyed them. I especially liked the one by Marie Ray too, it’s such a reminder of how fleeting it all is and how much we should be paying attention to being glad just to be here. 🙂 Look forward to reading your list…there are so many wonderful thoughts to be shared.

  2. What an awesome list, Elle. It’s so true that the right quote can put everything into perspective in an instant. I love this one:

    “Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun. Don’t be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step, and be very sure.” ~ White Eagle

    • Elle

      Hi Sandra…I’m not surprised you liked that one, is has such a deeply spiritual element in it – just like you. 🙂

  3. Hi Elle,

    Thanks so much for compiling this set of wonderful inspiring quotes. Love them!
    So simple but effective is Meister Echharts, “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning” Much love

    • Elle

      Hi Caroline, and being a beginner is so important to us, otherwise we have no room to expand. 🙂

        • Elle

          Hi Caroline – being open to seeing the world through new eyes allows us to always expand and grow. Gotta love that. 🙂

  4. Beautiful List Elle, Thank you for compiling them! Your articles are always so inspiring and I am very grateful for you being here and sharing your light with the world.

    • Elle

      Hi Ana, thank you for your kind words. You touch me heart. 🙂

  5. Great quotes Elle, thank you. One of my favorites is “your troubles are seldom any bigger than your head allows them to become” from my Grandma. If we think about it, most of us have been blessed with wisdom from our elders we seldom appreciated at the time. Thanks for reminding me to think about this one.

    • Elle

      Hi Mary, love our grandma’s quotes – they had such great words of wisdom to share with us and your grandma’s is exactly what I mean. Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

  6. Love quotes and so enjoyed reading this list of 50, Elle. I find quotes very inspiring, especially when they come at a time we want to hear them and need the extra nudge. I have a big bank of them and think they’re a great way of self-motivation.

    “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
    Today, I am wiser, I want to change myself”

    “Stop worrying about what you have to lose. Start focusing on what you have to gain”

    Love you, Elle. May you have a fulfilling week!

    • Elle

      Hi Vidya, great quotes from your bank! There’s always a quote every day that can just put things into the right perspective, which is probably why I love them too. 🙂

  7. Wonderful quotes, Elle! They are so uplifting and positive. I love them all and will definitely keep this post, but the last one really caught my eye – “The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day.” ~ Amy Gatliff Thank you – beautiful!

    • Elle

      Hi Cathy, that last quote was such a beauty that I actually switched one I already had so I could add it. It’s a place that most everyone on the planet has experienced at some time in their life. We can all relate, but seeing it put in such a way is so affirming. 🙂

  8. Hi Elle,
    I like this ” A belief is only a thought you continue to think. A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability – if you try even a little bit – to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction. ~ Abraham-Hicks ”
    In fact this thought sums up the entie working of our lives and our solar system.

    • Elle

      Hi Mona, exactly. That quote tells us all we need to know about operating the laws of life in a positive and creative way. Nicely put. 🙂

  9. What a fantastic list, Elle. One of my favourites comes from Albert Camus: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
    Oh the joy of realizing that strength comes from within!

    • Elle

      Hi Corinne, funnily enough I used that quote way back when I first started blogging, I think it was a post about the seasons of life. If it wasn’t – it should have been! I absolutely agree with your perspective on the strength being within…it’s a powerful thing to understand. 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Elaine, glad you enjoyed it and I so appreciate your words of encouragement. Thank you. 🙂

  10. Hi Elle,

    Wonderful List of quotes, thanks for putting them together.

    I especially liked this one, The only journey is the one within. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

    Reading all 50 is a great vibration booster 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Clare…thanks…glad you enjoyed them. I find different quotes speak to me on different days. 🙂

  11. Bookmarking this post is the only way to read, ponder and understand such powerful thoughts!I thank you for putting it together Elle 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Vinma…great point through contemplation we gain so much. Glad you liked them. 🙂

  12. So inspiring… I really love this list you’ve compiled! Thank you, Elle!

  13. Hi Elle
    When Neville tells us not to think about something negative with feeling it speaks a lot about our ability to generate our own realities.We carry our own mould in the form of thoughts,and we give shape to that mould throughour repetitive attention.Attention energises our intentions and habitual feelings.

    • Elle

      Feeling truly is the secret Mona…anything that leads us to feel positively positive generates all the magnetic energy we need to bring more positive experiences into our life. Isn’t that absolutely amazing? 🙂

  14. hi elle; thanks for sharing this collection of positive quotes. i love that term a possibilitarianist. and I’m wondering if you have considered adding one of these quotes to each of your blog posts from now on. It could be a fun and inspiring way to end your posts. Its just a thought. Thanks again and merry christmas my friend, max

    • Elle

      Hi Max – isn’t a possibilitarian a great perspective. I love that too. 🙂

  15. Great list Elle, I think I’m putting this on my bulletin board and will read one everyday just to remind myself, each day is a new day and each day starts with a clean slate. Cheers.

    • Elle

      Hi Lindy and thanks for stopping by. I like your idea of reading one of these a day…it sounds like a great way to set the tone for the day. I’m on it! 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Jessica – I think, being totally honest, I need to read this list every day! 🙂

  16. I love all the quotes but my favorite is:

    Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. ~ W. Clement Stone

    I’ve always had an issue with saying No but I’m getting better by the day. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hello Iyabo…I’m right there with you about the challenge of saying no. But practice makes perfect and it does get easier as you’re discovering. Sometimes we just have to say no before we can say yes. 🙂

  17. These are collections of amazing and great quotes. I always loved reading and listening those wonderful quotes from wonderful people. They are great wisdom emanating from lifelong exprience and are proven right and working for a great majority. In short, they are life changing and deadly inspirational.
    ” The real great man is a man who man who makes every man feel great.” G.K Chesterton.
    Thank you so much for sharing those great wisdom.

    • I know what you mean Debbie – I wish I had the ability to write quotes at such a high level of meaning. 🙂

  18. Samantha

    I don’t believe I have ever come across a post that so beautifully gifted me with what it’s title said it would do…these are indeed phenomenal quotes, and they most certainly lifted my spirits :). What an incredible collection – so well chosen, thank you.
    And how amazing to see that you originally posted this seven years ago! I do believe that the need for uplifting, inspiring, soul-warming words and images is simply going to increase over the next few months and years as the world seeks ways to find balance, equanimity and calm.
    Love & light

    • Hi Samantha, so glad to hear you enjoyed the quotes. Wishing love and light to you too.

  19. I stumbled upon this article at a moment in my life when I needed it the most. Thank for reminding me of the power of positivity, optimism, kindness, and faith that lives in all of us!

    • Hi Taylor, I’m so happy to hear this article was helpful to you. Your comment made my day dear one.

  20. Its wonderful Quotes and thought about the life.
    Keep it up you are doing actually nice.

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