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Get Well Wishes and Words of Encouragement

Patrice loves all things creative, especially when they are shared with others. You can often find her using a quote to personalize a card.

It can be difficult to articulate your thoughts to someone who is experiencing a rough journey. Here are some tips that might help translate your feelings into words.

It can be difficult to articulate your thoughts to someone who is experiencing a rough journey. Here are some tips that might help translate your feelings into words.

What to Say When Someone Is Sick

Here are ideas beyond "Get Well Soon" to use in signing a card, sending an email, or sending flowers to someone who is ill. A few words can make a big difference in someone's day, and sometimes when we need the right words, they seem to escape us. If you are searching to express your care and concern, look at the sentiments below and find something that captures your thoughts. I think you'll find that taking the time to show kindness will do you as much good as you do for someone else!

How to Personalize Someone Else's Words

We can't all put our feelings into words like Shakespeare or Browning. I think quotations often give us those "ah ha" moments of "Yes, that's just what I want to say." When a quote captures your message, use it and add a personal touch. I love to do this by making cards. If you're limited by time or crafting ability, buy a pretty box of blank cards and print a quote typed on your computer. Cut it out and insert it inside the card with double-sided tape.

Taking that little bit of extra effort means so much. I think you'll find it also saves you time and money as opposed to making a trip to the store each time you need a card for a different occasion.


Famous Quotes for Difficult Times

Many of these are suitable for illness or injury. They can also be used in other difficult circumstances, such as the loss of a job or house.

  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." – Richard Bach
  • "The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears." – John Vance Cheney
  • "If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time." – Beth Mende Conny
  • "Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us as we grasp them by the blade or the handle." ~James Russell Lowell
  • "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
    Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
    But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see.
    Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" – Dr. Seuss
  • "Sleep, riches, and health, to be truly enjoyed, must be interrupted." – Johann Paul Friedrich Richter
  • "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." – Corrie Ten Boom

The best six doctors anywhere

And no one can deny it

Are sunshine, water, rest, and air

Exercise and diet.

These six will gladly you attend

If only you are willing.

Your mind they'll ease

Your will they'll mend

And charge you not a shilling.

— "The Best Doctors," quoted by Wayne Fields


Hope your burdens are feeling lighter,
And each day is a little bit brighter.
With warm wishes
This just comes to say,
That I hope you're feeling better
with each and every day.

Comfy jammies, cozy bed,
big soft pillow for your head.
Worry not, the world can wait
take your time and recuperate.


This little poem is appropriate for a card with a flower embellishment or with a gift of flowers.

Here's a little bloom
to brighten your room,
And a little card to say
God bless you today!


Beauty Grows in Adversity

Earth's fairest flowers grow not on sunny plain,
But where some vast upheaval rent in twain
The smiling land.

After the whirlwinds' devastating blast,
After the molten fire and ashen pall,
God's still, small voice breathes healing over all.

From riven rocks and fern-clad chasms deep,
Flow living waters as from hearts that weep,
There in the afterglow soft dews distill,

And angels tend God's plants when night falls still,
And the Beloved passing by that way
Will gather lilies at the break of day.

– J.H.D.

Don't Quit

"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit–
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Unknown


Saying, "I'm Here for You"

Simple and Sincere

May each day bring you renewed strength and brighter times.

Just thought you could use a little extra sunshine today.

As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery.

Hope you perk up soon!

Someone Cares

Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone's prayers.
Until the sun comes out again for you,
my umbrella is big enough for two.


"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you,
I would walk forever in my garden"

Thinking of You

I think about you constantly,
whether it's with my mind or my heart.
Sometimes we just need to know that people care.
If this is one of those times,
I'm one of those people!

I don't doubt that you can get through it alone,
but why should you have to?
I'm here for you just as you've always been there for me.
If knowing that someone cares helps the healing process,
then you should be feeling better already.


Religious Wishes and Blessings

Get Well Psalms and Bible Verses

"He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." – Psalm 91:4

"I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." – Psalm 34:4

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:19

"The Lord bless you and keep you" – Numbers 6:24

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." – 1 Peter 5:7

"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." – Proverbs 15:30

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

"Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." – Romans 8:17

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint." – Isaiah 40:31


Religious Quotations

"God will not permit any troubles to come upon us unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty." – Peter Marshall

God Is With You

Whether good day or bad,
happy or sad,
It never hurts to say,
God is with you today.

A Safe Landing

God has not promised you smooth sailing,
but He has promised you a safe landing.

Believing, trusting, waiting, hoping...praying for you.

An Irish Blessing

A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

Don't tell God how big your problems are . . . tell your problems how big your God is.

— Anonymous

Care to Say Hello?

LP on August 21, 2019:

My husband passed away about 3 years ago, I am struggling with loneliness I wanted to just stop everything. I am active in my church, but felt like I jus should let every thing go, give up the position I am serving, my life turned upside down, it's hard for me now. Don't know how to keep going.

Sheri on May 19, 2018:

Hi. This page is beautiful.

Karen R. on January 02, 2015:

“An Awakening”

When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer a few years back, I reacted like most who receive a cancer diagnose; first thing came to mind was a “death sentence”. However, I found out later that it was truly “an awakening”. I began questioning God, why would you do this to me? What had I done in life so bad to have this placed upon me? But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of it. There has to be a reason for it all.

I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the “gift of life” that was given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. After going through all that I did during my breast cancer period, I was left with a few complications I now have to live with; one being daily pain. For a while, I wasn't happy with the way I looked around my breast area, nor the pain I had to endure each day, but I decided to snap out of it. Even after being diagnosed with another cancer (colon) a few years later. Which totally took me by surprise. But even with the pain I had to endure through each diagnose, and all the struggles I've dealt with all my life, I still feel truly blessed. I think about the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realized that there will always be someone worse off than I am. I reminded myself, that I “still have my life”, so who am I to complain.

One day during one of my surgeries, I experienced something of a miracle, as if I went to the other side, so I felt the compulsion to write it down. I turn that experience into a poem and I called it “Peace”. Writing had become therapy for me. I took that poem, along with many others I had composed during my breast cancer period and placed them into book form. I was blessed enough to have that book published. I later had another inspirational children's book published, with a third one on the way. I'm hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my first book of poems, get out of them, what I placed in all of them. My poems are from the heart, as real as any could ever be. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who's ill or otherwise, where they could develop the strength to embrace life in a whole new way. I never anticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease as cancer, it's for a reason, “you have a purpose” and I want to live to find find out exactly what that is for me.

That's what I'm all about now, inspiration. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational poems and stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I'm a true example that you can survive cancer not once, but twice, providing you catch it in time. I won't say all will be easy, I can't say everyone will survive it, but I can say, have faith and allow that faith to direct your path.

Karen Rice

x2 Cancer Survivor/Author

Houston, Texas,

joanne1348 on July 05, 2014:

Thanks so VERY much for compiling so many wonderful sentiments on one page! I normally come up with pretty appropriate words when needed. But there are other times (like now) when my brain just can't seem to come up with them. How NICE to have ones to use OR to be inspired by because someone cared enough to supply them. God Bless! :o)

TapIn2U on October 30, 2013:

Nice lens! Beautiful uplifting quotes. Sundae ;-)

WinWriter on October 30, 2013:

"...tell your problems how big your God is." Love, love, love it!

BennA-C on September 06, 2013:

Finding wise and profound words often fail at the time of need. Thank you for this lens with a rich compendium of what can used when needs require. I've book marked your lens for times of wisdom and appropriate words. Thank you and blessings, Benn

Doc_Holliday on August 26, 2013:

Thanks for the quotes. I will be using some of them.

anonymous on August 06, 2013:

Hi,I am a Kenyan Citizen aged 24..I would like to meet well wishers to sponser my education.May God bless you all....Mathew7:7 encourages me a lot..thank U lens

anonymous on May 30, 2013:

Very touching words. loved it

anonymous on April 26, 2013:

Really enjoyed reading your words of encouragement. Your a blessing. Thank you.

anonymous on April 14, 2013:

this is the best website for quotes i really like this page!!

Itsinteresting on February 22, 2013:

Good an Interesting lens

anonymous on February 09, 2013:

You are so blessed. Thanks

anonymous on February 04, 2013:

A great big thank you for some wonderful ideas. Sure to become a favorite reference point.

kimark421 on January 03, 2013:

These are very good. Thanks for the lens!

imagelist lm on December 23, 2012:

Interesting lens!

nasph lm on November 18, 2012:

great lens.

anonymous on November 15, 2012:

Very useful - Thank you :)

Freestuffer LM on November 13, 2012:

Nice lens. Interesting and thanks for sharing

CristianStan on November 08, 2012:

I'm going to definitely use this for reference, I always have writers block when I have to write words of encouragement for a card

anonymous on November 04, 2012:

Good stuff

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

great lens :)

Auriel on October 29, 2012:

great blog..

Jogalog on October 27, 2012:

Some lovely encouraging words on here. IT can be very difficult to know what to say except the clichees when someone is ill.

anonymous on October 24, 2012:

hello people this poem is nice

msarticlereader on October 22, 2012:

This lens is soooooo beautiful. Thank you for posting it.

Motivationaltools on October 17, 2012:

Great words of encouragement and quotes. :)

anonymous on October 12, 2012:

Thank you so much for taking the stress off of me while I was recuperating from a recent hospitalization. The stress of having to word so many thank yoy notes so many different ways, when you truly are not a good writer, well, that;'s where the thanks comes to you guys for greatly assiting me with your various choices of words that I used for my thank you, with ease.

Thank you for your help ! It was tremendously appreciated.

anonymous on October 11, 2012:

These quotes r really encouraging and thoughtful,..keep it up.

anonymous on September 05, 2012:

These Quotes r so amazing it relief so much pain thank u <3

anonymous on September 04, 2012:

Love those quotes <3

anonymous on September 02, 2012:


anonymous on September 02, 2012:

Awww these gave me much inspiration. Thanks =) xXx

anonymous on August 19, 2012:

aw sweet

anonymous on August 14, 2012:

Thank you very much! These are very helpful and beautiful. Bless you.

anonymous on July 24, 2012:

These get well wishes are so very thoughtful and inspirational.

anonymous on July 23, 2012:

I love your quotes and card ideas!

SandraRoseDesigns on June 22, 2012:

Great ideas. Well written!

anonymous on June 09, 2012:


anonymous on May 23, 2012:

Quite astonishing and uplifting. Just blessed a friend! Well done!.

oiloflife on April 26, 2012:

Very good information. Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

so lovely and interesting for caring about people!

anonymous on April 13, 2012:

Just the best wishes I have ever read I have no comment!

Rytingchambers on April 07, 2012:

These are some great suggestions! It would make a big difference in this world if we would all pay attention to sharing words of encouragement.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Certainly, God is good and is our healer. We pray that God will completely heal your sister You are in our prayers. Jesus died for all our sickness

anonymous on March 25, 2012:

@HERBMASTER: i am sending it to my sick teacher

anonymous on February 21, 2012:

@HERBMASTER: thanks for ur encouraging words

waldenthreenet on January 23, 2012:

communications is valuable and doing something nice even if small for a family member, a friend or a nighbor. Important topic . Congrads for reaching Sqidoo level 56. Going for next. What is creativity ? Thanks.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 10, 2012:

Hello. And thank you for some inspirational wisdom. Just what I needed in this cold winter morning. Have a great time!

EpicFarms on December 20, 2011:

THANK YOU - I have been all over the internet and this is the best collection of quotes and sayings I've found for my cards (so now I can stop looking...Yay! ;o)

Northwestphotos on December 09, 2011:

Such a thoughtful and delightful lens! Thank you!

seosmm on December 03, 2011:

Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

HERBMASTER on November 28, 2011:

It is essential to find encouragement at this time. Blessings on your site! If you ever feel a need to raise your spirits, come on over!

anonymous on November 21, 2011:

my sister diagnosed with liver cancer.:( feeling soo devastated .., but i hope in my god...he will never permitt any harm on us........he is mighty to save....

anonymous on October 17, 2011:

I'm lost in the pain of the news we heard about a preacher who once taught us about the love of the Lord, uplifted us all, gave us guidance and strength in our hard times. We just found out he has colon cancer, what do you say when you want to comfort someone, but all you feel is saddness and pain.. thank you for words of encouragement....

anonymous on September 16, 2011:

Today I sent my mom flowers as she just had breast cancer surgery. I had no idea what to write in the card. Thank You for helping me find the perfect words!

anonymous on September 11, 2011:

nice quotes

brbrooks on September 03, 2011:

I'm always looking for new sayings. Thanks!

anonymous on August 25, 2011:

It's hard to know the right thing to say. Thanks for the tips.

anonymous on August 21, 2011:

@anonymous: oh my you really are going through the valley - there is only one way to go, and that is upwards - and what a blessing you are to your family. May God bless you and give you strength.

anonymous on July 23, 2011:

@anonymous: You have a lot on your plate. But, I'm sure your Mom, Grandpa and Aunt realize you care and that's all you can do. And, the fact that you are expressing how difficult it is to write the best words, tells them how much you care.

sponias lm on July 03, 2011:

This is a very inspirational lens. Thank you!

anonymous on July 02, 2011:

@anonymous: May the Lord keep and guide them.

anonymous on May 11, 2011:

oh please pray for my boyfriend he's having a surgery today :"(

anonymous on May 02, 2011:

@anonymous: I will pray for you and your family to have hope, peace and love throughout this time. You will get through this. All the best.

anonymous on April 19, 2011:

Thanks for the really helped

ScalpItchTips on April 02, 2011:

Very infomative

tssfacts on April 01, 2011:

This is a great resource for us who can't allows come up with "just" the right thing to say. Great job blessed by a SquidAngel.

anonymous on March 10, 2011:

@anonymous: Wow... Praying for you!

anonymous on February 05, 2011:

Thank you for all your ideas. Everyone is right, sometimes you just don't know what to say: my Mom has brain cancer, my Grandpa has terrible Alzhiemer's, and my Aunt is close to death in the hospital now. If anyone who reads this spares a second and a prayer of any denomination or faith, that would be a comfort for me. It seems there isn't enough time in the day to care for all of them even though I don't work. Thank you.

blessedmomto7 on January 31, 2011:

Great ideas. Blessed by a squid angel.

joanv334 on January 27, 2011:

Thanks for sharing!

anonymous on January 15, 2011:

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anonymous on January 08, 2011:

What beautiful verses!..and they have helped someone dear to me today! Just shows you that a few kind words goes a long way. X

kougar lm on December 29, 2010:

Awesome lens and so inspiring. I often find myself trying to come up with those "right" words. You have provided so many useful ideas and words. Thank-you

anonymous on December 27, 2010:

Thanks so much! Sometimes you just don't know what to say. Happy Holidays.

scar4 on December 22, 2010:

You're always beyond my expectation and another inspirational posting.

anonymous on December 06, 2010:

Sooooo INSPIRING you are Sweetie!!! Thanks for sharing your blessed gift from God with us!!!

Blessings to you from our Sweet Lord in this, His beautiful season and those to come.

Isn't it magnificent knowing He is the Reason for every Season......Hugs Dena

anonymous on December 06, 2010:

You're professional passion creator! Give Big sweet stars from me :)

anonymous on November 15, 2010:

I hope you do many more lens, great job!!

lemonsqueezy lm on November 11, 2010:

Well hello there! I have a friend who has been in the hospital for two months now and is getting ready to have surgery. I was googling "get well quotes" and clicked on this lens before even realizing that it was a squidoo lens. And it you!!!! Nice and very useful lens!

AdultAcneSystem on November 01, 2010:

@Lee Hansen: Yes! you are doing the right thing, sharing this lens is the least we can do, thank you for supporting this lens, one of my favorite ones too.

AdultAcneSystem on November 01, 2010:

@livingfrontiers: I totally agree 100% with you.

AdultAcneSystem on November 01, 2010:

WOW! Is there any wonder or doubt that this lens made the lens of the day?

I have liked it and favorite it already, thank you so much for this lens. I also appreciate your time and energy in building this lens. Pure Love and positive Energy went into it, I can tell.

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on October 30, 2010:

useful, interesting, really great lens! Thank you. Time to count our blessings!

livingfrontiers on October 26, 2010:

Beautiful lens! thank you for gently reminding us we are all connected and should always do good by helping others. It is the meaning of life!

anonymous on October 10, 2010:

I love words too. Your quotes and verses are great examples of the power of words.

mich1908 on October 08, 2010:

Very nice verses and wordings you have here. I enjoyed reading them. Thanks.

anonymous on October 05, 2010:

A great idea to have these words in one place, often we do have trouble finding a way to express ourselves, thanks! - Kathy

anonymous on September 28, 2010:

Thank you ! Very helpful and informative definitely visiting again!

anonymous on September 15, 2010:

Thank you for your site. I have not been able to find many sites that carry the power of language in a positive way. I have have taken many ideas and words to encourage my friend who is going through chemo. Thank you!

SofiaMann on September 14, 2010:

Very beautiful words. Thanks.

anonymous on September 07, 2010:

thank you for sharing this!

anonymous on August 26, 2010:

I have been moved and tourched by the services of this site may God continue feeling you more as you share out.

God bless you.

anonymous on August 15, 2010:

Psalm 91: 4 just the verse I was looking for, so meaningful and special, thank you for this fantastic site.

anonymous on August 09, 2010:

I am blessed to have stumble across this site. Thank you.

lasertek lm on July 14, 2010:

Read this lens before. Just dropping by to say congratulations on becoming the LOTD.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on July 14, 2010:

What an inspirational lens for anyone, but especially for a card designer or artist. I discovered some wonderful ideas for greeting cards and for cheering up someone who's a bit under the weather - the gift basket is something I would have liked to receive when I had unexpected surgery and was recovering far from home. Lensolled and faved ... and thumbs up. Congrats on a terrific and creative LOTD.

anonymous on July 13, 2010:

I love to make my own cards and was thrilled to find this site ... because sometimes it's hard to find just the right way to express how you feel. Thanks for all the inspiration!!