is positive motivation intended to promote advancement.

“If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.”

Chinese Proverb

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”

Roy Croft (1907-1973); poet. exerpt from Love

“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. ”

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); founder of the Missionaries of Charity

“Everyone has a story, make your own worth telling.”

Patrick Ricketts (born 1989); Life-long Learner

“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”

James Madison (1751-1836); 4th U.S. president

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

“Promise yourself to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.”

Christian D. Larson New Thought Leader

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“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 (1851-1925); educator, historian

“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”

Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007); U.S. First Lady (1963-1969)

“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.”

George M. Adams (1837-1920); US Representative from Kentucky

“The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.”

Ovid (43-18); Roman poet

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you.”

T.A. Barron (born 1952); writer

“One word or a pleasing smile is often enough to raise up a saddened and wounded soul.”

Therese of Lisieux (1873 -1897); Catholic nun

“Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement.”

Colby Dorr Dam

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273); Persian poet, mystic

“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

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”


“Look for the good and praise it.”


“I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. ”

Charles Schwab (born 1937); Founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881); Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] humorist, essayist, novelist

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

Elizabeth Harrison (1897-1955); investor, author

“Find the good—and praise it.”

Alex Haley (1921-1992); author

“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.”

Haim Ginott (1922-1973); educator, psychologist, psychotherapist

“If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.”

Althea Gibson (1927-2003); First African-American woman to be on the world tennis tour

“Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.”

Earl Gray Stevens

“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 Olympic weightlifter, author, speaker, entrepreneur

“Inspire and bring joy to all those you touch.”

Rod Williams musician

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“Four Very Powerful Words to Say to Your Child: I BELIEVE IN YOU.”

Kevin Heath CEO More4kids

“When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make Me Feel Important. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

Mary Kay Ash (1908-2001); entrepreneur

“Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always. ”

Rod Williams musician

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on [all] the faces surrounding him.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960); author and philosopher

“It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”

Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938); founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

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It is ok to live life one second at a time, other than one day at a time
Christina Denny 6 months ago from Puyallup, Wa

If you leave behind a single vestige of your passage - let it be encouragement. No single relic costs so little and has such worth. An act, a gesture, a helping hand. A positive word placed correctly can produce results unknown or realized in your time. The germination of a thought or an action in others can be produced years later on this invisible chain. Be secure with your words for they can both help and harm with exponential power. Your interactions can be devastating in their consequences,unrelated to your motives. Both self esteem and potential can fall victim to a misplaced word or action. Unknown accomplishments may go unrealized by self confidence misplaced. Be wise, that what is contained in others remains unknown and private,needing to be respected or left untouched. Your dealings should be free of self interest or intention. For like any contact the sensation will be unique for both. Rewards may be exclusive, never shared or directly tied. Let the best direction for your actions be as the Hippocratic oath commands “First do no Harm”
Russell Champlin over 2 years ago from San Jose, CA

A life lived with courage includes a lifetime of encouraging others
Jennifer K over 2 years ago from Washington State

Your commercial on Encouragement is fantastic...if only ALL commercials could be like this...Thank you!!!!
Patrice over 2 years ago from California

Thank you!
Fay over 2 years ago from Ohio

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