Poems of Encouragement

Let these poems of encouragement inspire and motivate you in times when you need a bit of support, inspiration, and motivation. You will find motivational, uplifting, and inspiring poetry to encourage you. The poetry here is also great to share with someone who needs words that are uplifting.

Reading poems 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.


Move Past This
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 you do, you can be the best at it.
Verses of support and confidence to encourage you to do your best!


Be The Best Version of You
If you can't be a pine on top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley - but be
The best little scrub at the side of the rill.
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

If you can't be a bush be a bit of grass
Some highway to happier make.
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass,
But the liveliest bass in the lake....
      More words to inspire you,
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Examples and thoughts to be all you can be!

Dare To Be
When a new day begins,
Dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness,
Dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice,
Dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult,
Dare to do it anyway...
      See the entire poem,  Dare To Be



The Bright Side
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.



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


Words To Live By
Always show love
Just be yourself don't compare yourself to others
Take one day at a time, that is all you're guaranteed
You are extraordinary, believe in yourself
Don't stress, will this matter in 5 years
Always appreciate family and friends
Live your dreams by setting your goals
Always focus on your blessings, not your troubles...
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A call to action to voice your opinion and always speak the truth!

Speak Your Truth
Speak the truth at all times!
No matter what is said,
To provoke prevarication
By those through envy led.

Speak the truth at all times,
True confidence inspire
In hearts of love that cherish worth,
And honesty admire....
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When others disappoint you, let the following poem of encouragement remind you
not to judge others, and may it be a reminder that we all have strengths and weaknesses.


Take A Walk Around Yourself
Poem by Unknown Poet

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.


Poems to Encourage You



Encouragement to make decisions, reminding us that we have a choice
and the final decision about anything is always up to us!


You Decide
You are the fellow that has to decide
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside.
You are the fellow who makes up your mind
Whether you'll lead or will linger behind
Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar
Or just be contented to stay where you are.
Take it or leave it. Here's something to do!
Just think it over - It's all up to you!...
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Uplifting verses to help us see even in challenging times
we need to be optimistic in our thinking.


A Life Well Lived
Sure, this world is full of trouble -
I ain't said it ain't.
Lord! I've had enough an' double
Reason for complaint;
Rain an' storm have come to fret me,
Skies are often gray;
Thorns an' brambles have beset me
On the road - but say,
Ain't it fine today?...
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See It Through
Poem by Edgar A. Guest


When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!


Short Poems of Encouragement




Words to give you confidence and cheering on for challenges faced.

Challenges Faced
I look at the challenges you face
And your determination in making your case
Others would have given up
But you kept going not letting up

Of you, we are so very proud
We tell everyone out loud
We all need to aspire
To share the story of those we admire....
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Inspiration to prompt you to live life with less stress.

How To Live A Stress Free Life
Sometimes in our lives,
We just need a little less stress.
Life gets so crazy at times,
We'd like to just play a little chess

And then there are the times,
That there are things we wanna do,
But we feel like we don't have time,
To start, let alone follow through....
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Words of encouragement to influence how you can positively influence your life and the life of others.

You Don't Have To Be Rich
You are richer today than you were yesterday
if you have laughed often,
given something,
forgiven even more
made a new friend today, or
made stepping stones of stumbling-blocks;
if you have thought more in terms of “thyself" than of "myself" or
if you have succeeded in being cheerful even if you were weary....
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Being Strong
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.


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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 one another, everybody wins."

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


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