Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Mine the Gold of Encouragement

Andrew Carnegie was asked how he developed so many millionaires to work for him. Carnegie noted that they weren’t millionaires when they started working for him.  He then said, “When you work with people it is a lot like mining for gold … when you mine for gold, you must literally move tons of dirt to find a single ounce of gold. However, you do not look for the dirt — you look for the gold.”

This week’s Soul Food for Friday is to feed the encouragement side of your soul to help you find the gold in your life and to find the gold in others.


THIS IS AMERICA … WHERE FREE ENTERPRISE ENCOURAGES MEN TO INVEST, CREATE AND IMPROVE (1943-1945) from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

“Boast less. Boost more.” — Harry Brown

“The key to encouragement is in knowing what gives people courage; what spurs them on to action.” — John Maxwell

“One kind word can warm three winter months.” — Japanese Proverb

“If you see a kid in school, who is a little shy … that’s when you should reach out. When you do, you are going to open up a flower and discover something wonderful.” — Carol Burnett

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

“Encouragement delayed is encouragement denied.” — Victor M. Parachin

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up.” — Mark Twain

“We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. The days are always dark enough. There is no need for us to emphasize te fact by spreading further gloom.” — George M. Adams

“Spare the rod and spoil the child — that is true. But, beside the rod, keep an apple to give him whe he has done well.” — Martin Luther

“We live by encouragement and ie without it — slowly, sadly, angrily.” — Celeste Holm

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

“The key to developing people is to catch them doing something right.” — Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, The One Minute Manager 

“Encouragement — we all need it, and we need it all the time.” — Bill G. Bruster and Robert D. Dale, How to Encourage Others 

“I can live two months on one good compliment.” — Mark Twain

“We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.” — Peter De Vries, Let Me Count the Ways

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” — William James

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I will not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” — William Arthur Ward

“You never know what little bundle of encouragements artists carry around with them, what little pats on the back from what hands, what newspaper clipping, what word of hope from what teacher. I suppose the so-called faith in ourselves is the foundation of our talent, but I am sure these encouragements are the mortar that holds it together.” — Luciano Pavartotti

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver


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