88 Poems of Encouragement to Give You Inspiration

88 Poems of Encouragement

Let these short poems of encouragement inspire and motivate you. In life, we all need encouraging people who will support us and give us strength. Let these Poets give you words that will uplift you and help you look at your situation with hope and positivity.

The poetry here is also great to share with others who need words that are uplifting. Reading a poem can be the inspiration and encouragement that someone needs. All of these writings can help a friend or family member look at a situation with hope and excitement, rather than with fear and depression - the verses may be the encouragement that they need.

Short Poems   /   Poems of Encouragement

1. Don't Quit Poem 2. Poems About Anger
3. Poems About Change 4. Dare To Be
5. You Decide 6. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
7. Don't You Quit 8. Poems About Failure
9. Poems About Goals 10. Letting Go Poem
11. Poems About Mistakes 12. Never Give Up Poem
13. Patience Poem 14. Smile Poem
15. Be The Best Version of You 16. Challenges Faced
17. Poems About Strength 18. Success Poem
19. Keep A Goin Poem 20. A Life Well Lived
21. How To Live A Stress Free Life 22. Poems About Truth
23. You Don't Have To Be Rich 24. The Oak Tree Poem
25. It Couldn't Be Done 26. Merit and the Throng
27. The Junk Box 28. The Recipe
29. Opportunity 30. Start Where You Stand
31. The Builders 32. Little Further
33. Hero Wanted 34. The Hills Ahead
35. You Have To Believe 36. Encouragement
37. The Gift 38. What So Wild As Words Are . . .
39. Be A Booster 40. Opportunity
41. Which Side Of The Bed 42. My Regrets To The Man Who Gives Up
43. Do Not Lose Your Pep 44. The Successful Man
45. Do It Better 46. Never Despair
46. Lend A Hand 47. Never Say Fail
48. Give Every Day 49. Think Before We Speak
50. Transform The Common Task 51. Truth
52. Door Of Daring 53. Never Say I Can't
54. Oh! Tell Me Not 55.Solitude
56. Don't Be Impatient 57. The Secret Of Success
58. The Joy Of Life 59. Attitude Poem
60. You'll Strike Your Stride 61. Retaliation
62. Shadows 63. Face The Sunshine
64. Cinderella Poem 65. It Cannot Be Done And They Know It
66. Try Try Again Poem


More Encouragement Poems:

  1. Hold Fast Your Dreams

  2. Poet: Louise Driscoll

    Hold fast your dreams!
    Within your heart
    Keep one still, secret spot
    Where dreams may go,
    And, sheltered so,
    May thrive and grow
    Where doubt and fear are not.
    O keep a place apart,
    Within your heart,
    For little dreams to go!


  3. If Any

  4. Poet: Unknown

    If any little words of ours
    Can make one life the brighter;
    If any little song of ours
    Can make one heart the lighter;

    God help us speak the little word,
    And take our bit of singing,
    And drop it in some lonely vale,
    And set the echoes raging


    An uplifting poem full of encouraging verses for us to cheer each other on and to help each other
  5. As We Meet

  6. Poet: Susan Coolidge

    As we meet and touch, each day,
    The many travellers on our way,

    Let every such brief contact be
    A glorious, helpful ministry;

    The contact of the soil and seed,
    Each giving to the other's need,

    Each helping on the other's best,
    And blessing, each, as well as blest.


  7. The Two Brothers

  8. By Lucien M. Lewis


    There were twin brothers, we are told,
    Whose mother at their hour of birth
    To satisfy some curious whim,
    Gave them the oddest names on earth.

    She named one Can, the other, Can't,
    And, lest confusion might be made,
    She stamped their names upon their breasts.
    In letters that would never fade.

    Time passed; Can was a wondrous man,
    God-like in every thought and deed.
    And somehow everything he touched
    Straightway would prosper and succeed.

    Can't was the victim of bad luck.
    And failed at everything he tried;
    'Till finally, the story goes,
    Bad luck assailed him and he died.

    O mothers of the sons of men,
    O mothers of the race to be.
    Stamp only Can upon their breasts;
    Stamp deep that all the world may see!


    You want to get ahead, you want to enjoy life, you have ambitions, then read this poem by John Hay which encourages us to shine where we are. If we do that everything else will fall in line!
  9. Shine Just Where You Are

  10. By John Hay

    Don't waste your time in longing
    For bright, impossible things;
    Don't sit supinely yearning
    For the swiftness of wings;
    Don't spurn to be a rushlight
    Because you are not a star.
    But brighten some bit of darkness
    By shining just where you are.

    There is need of the tiniest candle
    As well as the garish sun;
    The humblest deed is ennobled
    When it is worthily done;
    You may never be called to brighten
    The darkest regions afar;
    So, fill for the day your mission
    By shining just where you are.


    An inspirational and encouraging poem about willpower
  11. Will

  12. Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox


    There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
    Can circumvent or hinder or control
    The firm resolve of a determined soul.

    Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;
    All things give way before it, soon or late.
    What obstacle can stay the mighty force
    Of the sea-seeking river in its course,
    Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?

    Each well-born soul must win what it deserves.
    Let the fool prate of luck. The fortunate
    Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
    Whose slightest action or inaction serves
    The one great aim. Why, even Death stands still,
    And waits an hour sometimes for such a will.


    A poem that reminds us perseverance is a  key to success. No matter what happens - whether a failure or a mistake - don't stop, keep going!
  13. Keep Going

  14. Poet: Kate Summers, 2020


    When failures come - keep going
    When you feel like giving up - keep going
    When people mock your idea - keep going
    When challenges you face - keep going
    When mistakes are made, learn - but keep going
    Because perseverance just keeps going!



    Uplifting verses that are encouraging and help us see even in challenging times in our life, we need to be optimistic and positive in our thinking.
  15. Trouble But Not Defeat

  16. Poet: Byron Pulsifer, 2020

    Underneath our feet we find
    Those branches and thorns a grind.
    Why is so life so mean
    It is as if no other scene.

    Through life, you know, you will find
    We sometimes just close our minds.
    Those solutions we so desperately want
    All appear like yesterdays many tyrants.

    But, do not trouble or be dismayed
    There are good times on the way.
    When you look beyond the norm
    You'll find you need not conform.

    Be bold, be happy, be confident
    You are not meant to lament.
    These things so sure today
    Can vanish without delay.

    So when trouble comes your way
    Do not accept defeat and ruin your day
    Move forward with a focused view
    Stay positive in all you do.



    What do you do when life feels like it is overwhelming you, when you are feeling down, when you have lost hope? The answer is in the poem,  Move Past This.
  17. Move Past This

  18. Poem by Catherine Pulsifer, 2019

    When you are feeling down
    And all you can muster up is a frown
    That is the time to stop
    And count your blessings until you drop.

    Focus on all of life's good
    And you will find things work out as they should
    Feeling sorry and just sitting around
    It is a sure thing to bring you down.

    Take some action, make a move
    It doesn't matter if others approve
    Nothing lasts forever
    You will move past this if you endeavor!



    Poems of Encouragement To Be Your Best


    It doesn't matter what others do, you can be the best at what you do. Encouraging verses of support and confidence that offers encouragement for you to do and be the best you can be!
  19. You Are The One

  20. Poet: Byron Pulsifer, 2020

    There are so many who love to scorn
    They are the ones who blow one's horn.
    To cast aspersions upon the others
    They never see that they are hunters.

    They love to hunt out what looks so less
    So they can be better to confess.
    That they deserve the praises massed
    To call all others to celebrate how they've surpassed.

    But, do not despair because these so glorious called
    Are nothing more than themselves enthralled.
    You, instead, are at the top
    Not ever needing to namedrop.

    You need not dare compare
    To those who really have no flare.
    Just do your best, give it all you've got
    You will make more headway and be on top.

    It doesn't matter what others say
    You just do your best and don't be swayed
    You are the one you answer to
    And to yourself always be true.



    Find encouragement in this call to action to voice your opinion, always speak the truth, and most importantly be yourself, and live to your potential!
  21. Authenticity Declare

  22. Poet: Robert Rivers, 2020

    Have you ever seen a clown
    Who is sad and has a frown?
    That makeup done shows no cracks
    But within so suffers from attacks.

    We are so often showing false
    Guarded by the hardest walls.
    Our thoughts we keep to ourself
    We put them up on a shelf.

    How we feel we don't show
    We pretend to go with the flow.
    So often, it is true that we hide
    How we really feel inside.

    For it is true I do assure
    That what we really are unsure.
    Be instead that which is true
    Be who you are has its' virtue.

    There is no reason to abide
    No reason for feelings to hide
    For we would rather know
    The real person for you to show.



    Poems to Encourage You  



    We all face challenges in life, times where we need to talk it out. This poem of encouragement reminds us to reach out and talk it out with a friend. Friends cheer each other on, offer support, and give us strength.
  23. Issues We All Face

  24. Poet: Robert Rivers, 2020

    I know what you may face today
    All those issues that come your way.
    Within the dark of the night
     Gives no one any delight.

    If you think you are alone
    Simply call a friend on the phone.
    It is never beyond a true friend's scope
    To be there to help you cope.

    No matter who you are
    Those troubles are not too far.
    But, never be one to give up so quick
    We can always intervene that is the trick.

    Life issues will come and go
    Sometimes fast and sometimes slow
    Sometimes good and sometimes bad
    Giving us happy and giving us sad.

    Don't hold it in, don't be uptight
    Stand your ground, give it a fight
    Issues can cause so much stress
    But always remember that life can also bless.

    So talk it out with a friend
    You will feel better in the end.
    Issues we always face
    But talking it out makes this world a better place.



    Words of encouragement to influence how you can positively impact your life and the life of others.
  25. No Riches Within

  26. Poet: Byron Pulsifer, 2020

    There are so, so many who have money
    But, they aren't even happy or funny.
    They scowl and often complain
    That they don't have enough to maintain.

    What is so sad to say
    These people always cry and bay.
    No matter how much
    They're always in a financial crush.

    So what is the truth?
    To know may seem uncouth.
    But this is not the problem
    So let's get to the bottom.

    Without a heart, I'd say
    Is one of the issues in array.
    To give, for them, to others now
    Is more for them then they allow.

    Without a heart, a heart of love
    They would never hereof
    The Golden Rule that is so true.
    To give to others is a blessed avenue.

    It is not possessing the money that is at fault
    It is the worshiping of money that causes the assault.
    We only need that is enough for this day
    There is no need to be any other way.



    Motivational and optimistic verses full of advice for
    living a life that will bring happiness and contentment.

  27. The Bright Side

  28. Poet: Lillian E Curtis


    There's many a sunbeam behind a cloud,
    And smooth waves after rough tide,
    When the weather is bleak and the winds are loud,
    We'll look on the brightest side.

    The ups and downs of this life are many,
    But the joys obscured from sight,
    By trials and troubles unknown to any,
    Are continually brought to light.



    When others disappoint you, let the following poem remind you not to judge others, and may it be a reminder that we all have strengths and weaknesses. It is easy to judgment on in others, but take a look at yourself before you do and you may find you are just as bad if not worse!
  29. Take A Walk Around Yourself

  30. Poet: Unknown

    When you're criticising others,
    And are finding, here and there,
    A fault or two to speak of
    Or a weakness you can tear:
    When you're blaming some one's weakness,
    Or accusing some of pelf -
    It's time that you went out
    To take a walk around yourself.

    There's lots of human failures
    In the average of us all,
    And lots of grave short comings
    In the short ones and the tail;
    But when we think of evils
    Men should lay upon the shelves,
    It's time we all went out
    To take a walk around ourselves.

    We need so often in this life
    This balancing of scales,
    This seeing how much in us wins
    And how much in us fails;
    But before you judge another -
    Just to lay him on the shelf -
    It would be a splendid plan
    To take a walk around yourself.



    Short Poems of Encouragement



    Encouragement which uses a tree to remind us we grow stronger by our challenges!
  31. Being Strong

  32. Poet: Douglas Malloch


    The tree that never had to fight
    for sun and sky and air and light
    but stood out in the open plain
    and always got it share of rain,
    never became a forest king
    but lived and died a scrubby thing.
    Good timber does not grow with ease.
    The stronger wind, the stronger trees.


    A short poem with wise words motivating us to focus on the positive rather than the negative.
  33. Looking And Overlooking

  34. Poet Unknown

    If we noticed little pleasures
    As we notice little pains;
    If we quite forget our losses
    And remember all our gains;
    If we looked for people's virtues,
    And their faults refused to see;
    What a comfortable, happy,
    Cheerful place this world would be!


    always keep your face to the sun don't let the shadows discourage you!
  35. Face The Sun

  36. Poet Unknown

    Don't hunt for trouble, but look for success;
    You'll find what you look for--don't look for distress.
    If you see but your shadow, remember, I pray,
    That the sun is still shining, but you're in the way.

    Don't grumble, don't bluster, don't sigh and don't shirk;
    Don't think of your worries, but think of your work.
    The worries will vanish, the work will be done,
    No man sees his shadow - who faces the sun.


    Wise words in this poem of encouragement
  37. One Task At A Time

  38. by Everett Wentworth Hill

    One task at a time without worry or fear;
    One day at a time though the morrow draws near;
    One deed well accomplished suffices the day -
    Start not many missions, take time out to play.

    You can't borrow sunlight from night open door;
    One task and one day is enough to explore.
    Make every hour count in the moments you spend;
    Tomorrow's a stranger, today is a friend.


    An inspirational poem with daily reminders
  39. If For One Day

  40. by Jane Merchant

    If for one day
    I can forget
    The nagging care,
    The needless fret;

    For one day, keep
    My spirit clear
    From anxious doubt
    And useless fear;

    If for one day
    I can believe
    In life, and joyously
    Receive

    The blessings that
    Are always mind
    Of earth and air
    And love divine -

    Oh, then at last,
    At last, I may
    Learn how to do it
    Every day.


    A powerful poem about how it is never to late
  41. Never Too Late To Mend

  42. Poet: Nixon Waterman


    Of course, if you mean to catch a train,
    The better way is to start in time.
    Still, if you're late.
    Don't rail at fate.
    And sob and sigh and wail and wait
    For another day,
    But sprint away
    The very best you can until
    You find your vow
    To "do it now"
    Has somehow made you catch it still;
    For the sages say
    The world makes way
    For the earnest soul that says, "I will!"

    If you mean to win in life's swift race,
    The better way is to start in youth;
    Still, if you find
    You've been left behind
    By the wiser starters, keep in mind
    "Your needs and say,
    "I'll improve each day,
    And every hour and each spare minute;
    I've been careless, yet
    I shall try to get
    A prize!" And you stand a chance to win it;
    But the weak-willed goose
    With his "What's the use?"
    Alas! we know he won't be in it.


  43. Poor Richard's Sayings

  44. by Benjamin Franklin


    Little strokes fell great oaks.
    One to-day is worth two to-morrows.
    There are no gains without pains.
    Whate'er's begun in anger ends in shame.

    Diligence is the mother of good luck.
    He that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night.
    What we call time enough always proves little enough.
    Laziness travels so slowly that Poverty soon overtakes him.

    He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
    Constant dropping will wear out a stone.
    Early to bed and early to rise,
    make a man healthy, and wealthy, and wise.

Poems Of Encouragement - back to top listing of individual poems

The poems here are also great to include in a card - graduation, get well, congratulations - no matter what the occasion you will find poems to provide encouragement and inspiration.

To quote the words of encouragement said by William Arthur Ward,
"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."


Share the verses in these poems and you may positively influence a person's life. And, We agree with the words of Jim Stovall, "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 each other, everybody wins." Promoting and fostering each other's strengths is a great form of encouragement. We all need hope for a better tomorrow and you can give that hope with encouragement to your friends, family, and coworkers.

We hope our collection gives you poems of encouragement to share with others!

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