34 Discouragement Quotes

This collection of discouragement quotes, sayings, and thoughts all help to encourage and motivate; the idea is to change your mind, to alter your thoughts from negative to positive.

What is discouragement except for a loss of confidence or enthusiasm. However, this feeling of dispiritedness can be overcome; do not give in to it. If you think you are the only one that feels pessimism, you're wrong.

Life may be full of roses but there are also thorns among them. Every thorn represents a challenge but in each problem lies a great opportunity to develop a character of faith, hope, action, and perseverance. It is our hope that to those who feel discouraged, these brief quotations will inspire you to surmount your feelings of discouragement.


  1. Those who dwell in past miseries or problems never see the doorway beyond.
    Byron R. Pulsifer
    Short Quotes



  2. To seize the future means previous defeats are as dim as the palest memories.
    Annabelle Marie Haines
    Defeat Quotes



  3. It can be helpful to read rejection letters that famous authors received to remind yourself that even Oscar Wilde and Nabokov and J.K. Rowling had their share of discouragement and disappointment.
    Alexandra Franzen, You're Going to Survive
    Rejection Quotes



  4. Do not quit; do not give up. The only people who quit and give up are those who never attempt in the first place, and you are not like that.
    Rosy Lee Anderson
    Don't Quit Poems



  5. Defeat is final when you give up. And, discouragement is not permanent unless you wish it to be so.
    Byron R. Pulsifer
    Poems of Encouragement



  6. Don't accept discouragement, keep going! Less stress results in not allowing discouragement to be your attitude!
    Catherine Pulsifer
    Never Give Up



  7. Do not be discouraged if your plans do not succeed the first time. No one learns to walk by taking only one step.
    Catherine Pulsifer
    Success Quotes



  8. Don't let people discourage you from living your dreams.
    David DeNotaris
    Dream Quotes



  9. Every seed knows its time- all in good time.
    Russian Proverb
    Proverbs



  10. Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.
    Thomas Alva Edison
    Inspirational Poems



  11. Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
    Richard M. Nixon
    How to Live Your Best Life



  12. And don't be discouraged if you make a mistake, fix it and move on - that is how we learn!
    Catherine and Byron Pulsifer
    Poems About Mistake



  13. Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some.
    John Keats
    Failure Quotes



  14. Would you like me to give you a formula for. . . .success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. . . You're thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. . . You can be discouraged by failure--or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success. On the far side.
    Thomas John Watson, Sr.
    Poems About Failure



  15. History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
    Bertie Forbes
    Poems About Winning



  16. One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
    Lucille Ball
    Optimistic Quotes



  17. When you get discouraged or depressed, try changing your attitude from negative to positive and see how life can change for you. Remember, your attitude toward a situation can help you to change it -- you create the very atmosphere for defeat or victory.
    Franco Harris
    Attitude Quotes



  18. Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.
    Author Unknown
    Children Quotes



  19. If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.
    Calvin Coolidge
    Positive Poems



  20. Try to do unto others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better that they should fail than you should.
    Charles Dickens
    Positive Quotes



  21. There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Letting Go Poem



  22. Pray these for yourself and anyone in your life, and watch how God turns around the relationship you thought was hopeless.
    Rick Warren
    Prayer For Today



  23. If your morning drive to the office finds you discouraged by listening to negative morning news, consider creating a new environment by listening to your favorite music or to inspirational talks.
    Krista Regedanz
    Listening Quotes



  24. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it.
    William Arthur Ward
    Challenge



  25. Staying focused on your goals is the key to winning.
    Maureen O'Brien, Who's Got the Ball?
    Goals Quotes



  26. Being discouraged can cause you to lose hope, you need to pick yourself up, focus on the positive and find success by taking action - you may then find your discouragement fading.
    Catherine Pulsifer
    Hope Quotes



  27. When life has you discouraged, the smallest act of kindness can change your whole day.
    Kattarin Kirk
    Kindness Poem



  28. Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
    William Ellery Channing
    Conflict Quotes



  29. Whatever is happening in your life, God will work it to your advantage. It may seem hopeless or unfair, but if you love Him and trust His plan, you will see the truth of it.
    Ruthie Spoonemore, Faithful Living
    Trust In God



  30. Instead of feeling discouraged, people should feel inspired and challenged after being with you.
    Lindsay J. Hallie, Happiness
    Inspirational Quotes



  31. It can be helpful to read rejection letters that famous authors received to remind yourself that even Oscar Wilde and Nabokov and J.K. Rowling had their share of discouragement and disappointment.
    Alexandra Franzen, You're Going to Survive
    Quotes to Live By


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