Words are powerful tools. When someone is discouraged or has a hard time, the right words can clear their outlook and lift their spirits. At other times, there may be someone who does great work and deserves an encouraging note, and the right word from you will make all the difference. Friends, teachers, and colleagues are just a few people in your life who may appreciate some encouragement. It can be difficult to know what someone should say to express hope, especially if you have not received a natural gift as being able to encourage others. The following quotes, messages, inspirational sayings, and religious words can be used or adapted to a variety of situations. No matter what you are feeling or experiencing or may be expecting these short encouraging quotes, we are here to help where you want to go.