Attitude Quotes

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Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself. Robert Greene


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou


It is good people who make good places. Anna Sewell


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde


Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Richard Bach


Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Benjamin Disraeli









Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Albert Einstein


Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. Mahatma Gandhi


Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. James Allen


A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Your problem isn’t the problem, it’s your attitude about the problem. Ann Brashares


It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus


To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Confucius


A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough. Bruce Lee


Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. John Wooden


The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. Antoine de Saint-Exupery


You really can change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman


I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln


The most effective attitude to adopt is one of supreme acceptance. Robert Greene


I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. Stephen Covey


A discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty. Mark Twain


The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood. Voltaire


In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus


What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else. Lucille Clifton


When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails. H. Jackson Brown Jr


Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Kahlil Gibran


Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. George Bernard Shaw


No one will hit you harder than life itself. It doesn’t matter how hard you hit back. It’s about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That’s how you win. Sylvester Stallone


We lost because we told ourselves we lost. Leo Tolstoy


An optimist is the human personification of spring. Susan J. Bissonette


You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Joyce Meyer




Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill


Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought. John C. Maxwell


Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us. Earl Nightingale


Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force. Irving Berlin


Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. W. C. Fields


Attitude is everything, so pick a good one. Wayne Dyer


Attitude is altitude. Nick Vujicic




No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt


Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. John C. Maxwell


The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. Oprah Winfrey


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller


A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S. Truman


If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford


If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford


I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. Abraham Lincoln


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu


You must be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi


I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison


There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare


Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. Helen Keller


Pessimism never won any battle. Dwight D. Eisenhower


Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. Zig Ziglar




Attitudes are more important than facts. George MacDonald


I will not take “but” for an answer. Langston Hughes


Your aspirations are your possibilities. Samuel Johnson


Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus


Attitude will always define who we are in life. Mark A. Brennan


To fly, we have to have resistance. Maya Lin


Preparation + Attitude + Opportunity + Action = Luck. John C. Maxwell


Every wall is a door. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing. Payne Stewart


Only you can control your future. Dr. Seuss


Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell


Every day brings new choices. Martha Beck


Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Ralph Marston


Responsibility is the great developer of men. Mary Parker Follett


You become what you think about. Napoleon Hill


If you think you can’t, you’re right. Carol Bartz


Attitude determines the altitude of life. Edwin Louis Cole


Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett


I don’t get lucky. I make my own luck. Harvey Specter (Suits)




If you own this story you get to write the ending. Brené Brown


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill


You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James A. Froude


Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. Og Mandino


The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James


Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary”. Unknown


The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth. M. Scott Peck


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson


The world belongs to those who set out to conquer it armed with self-confidence and good humour. Charles Dickens


The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. M. Scott Peck


Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong. Anne Frank


Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray


The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill


When you’re backed against the wall, break the goddamn thing down. Harvey Specter (Suits)


Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Ella Williams


Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale


Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Demosthenes


I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank




I’ve developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time. Charlie Brown


I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 96% how I react to it. Scipio Africanus


‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire


You’re lucky if you found a person who never gets tired of understanding your nonsense attitude. Unknown


Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes. Sigmund Freud


Fuck it… That’s really the attitude that keeps a family together, it’s not “we love each other”, it’s just “fuck it, man”. Louis C.K.


Let them hate. Just make sure they spell your name right. Harvey Specter


Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself. Mark A. Cooper


A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it. Unknown




People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson


We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. Anais Nin


If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. Oscar Wilde


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate, a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor Frankl


We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. Ralph Waldo Emerson


The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. Frank Lloyd Wright


Circumstances do not make you what you are, they reveal what you are. John C. Maxwell


Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet. Earl Nightingale


My life is an indivisible whole, and all my attitudes run into one another; and they all have their rise in my insatiable love for mankind. Mahatma Gandhi


Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The worst thing that can happen to a man who gambles is to win. Charles Spurgeon


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut




People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Shaw


Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes. E. F. Schumacher


He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. Samuel Johnson


Better to be emotionally intelligent than intellectually intelligent. Neil Strauss


Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities. Jack Ma


To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. Unknown


You can’t always have a good day. But you can always face a bad day with a good attitude. Unknown


Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz


People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question. Samuel Richardson


So is cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more remains. Ralph Waldo Emerson


The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. Arthur Ashe


It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens. Pema Chodron


Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time. Elbert Hubbard


Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Don’t spend your precious time asking “Why isn’t the world a better place?” It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is “How can I make it better?” To that there is an answer. Leo Buscaglia


Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done. Robert Foster Bennett


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs


You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations. Zig Ziglar




Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa


The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Martha Washington


The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Eckhart Tolle


A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Ken Keyes Jr.


It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula Le Guin


It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. Dale Carnegie


It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. Dalai Lama


You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others. Francis of Assisi


The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. Eric Hoffer


I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. Arthur Rubinstein


The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. John Burroughs


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Charles R. Swindoll


Good humour is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. William Makepeace


If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining. Guy Finley


You are not what happened to you, you are what you choose to become. Unknown


Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. William James


When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others. Zig Ziglar


Your attitude is everything, and it determines how you experience every aspect of your life. Gerald Jampolsky


Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln


Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. William James




Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. Dalai Lama


A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. Patricia Neal


Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. Tom Stoppard


Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Ziglar


View the events you consider obstacles as perfect opportunities to test your resolve and find your purpose. Wayne Dyer


Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Mary Robinson


You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Henry Ford


Optimism refuses to believe that the road ends without options. Robert H. Schuller


Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions where as negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems. Barbara Fredrickson


Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, not because you want something in return. Unknown


There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. W. Clement Stone


An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. Brian Tracy


Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. Jim Rohn


We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice. John C. Maxwell


A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. Wade Boggs


If your attitude toward the world is good, you will obtain good results. If your attitude is excellent, excellent will your results. Earl Nightingale


With every adversity there is a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit for those who are motivated with positive mental attitude to become achievers. W. Clement Stone


You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Winnie The Pooh


Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. Tony Robbins


I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation. Mike Todd


Your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are. Napoleon Hill




Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. William James


The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton


Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. Demosthenes


The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Castaneda


Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Mahatma Gandhi


If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet. Isaac Bashevis Singer


Life is a daily cleansing. Negativity must be washed away, if you wish to attract positive experiences to your life. Leon Brown


People who retain their childish attitudes will rarely be able to hold on to the success they may achieve through their talent. Robert Greene


Skeptical, cynical attitudes can actually cut us off from so many interesting questions, and from reality itself. Robert Greene


Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. Willie Nelson


Good talent with bad attitude equals bad talent. Bill Walsh


Positive anything is better than negative nothing. Elbert Hubbard



Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. Jean-Paul Sartre


If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. Amy Tan


You save yourself or you remain unsaved. Alice Sebold


Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility. Albert Einstein


Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Henry David Thoreau


The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. Charles R. Swindoll


No matter what the situation, remind yourself ” I have a choice”. Deepak Chopra


All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything! Gary W Goldstein


When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Unknown


Everything changes for the better when you take ownership of your own problems. Robert Ringer


You may not be able to change a situation, but with humor you can change your attitude about it. Allen Klein


They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol


Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. Hans Selye


Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. Robert H. Schuller


Man can alter his life by altering his thinking. William James


You will find the whole world will change to you when you change your attitude toward it. Orison Swett Marden


One can choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Viktor E. Frankl


We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. Charles R. Swindoll


The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions. William J. Johnston


If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior. Katharine Hepburn


If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer


Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent. Carl Sandburg




Success is 80% attitude and 20% aptitude. Navjot Singh Sidhu


A man of character will make himself worthy of any position he is given. Mahatma Gandhi


If you want to lead on the highest level, be willing to serve on the lowest. John C. Maxwell


People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. John C. Maxwell


Suspicion against every kind of authority grew out of this experience, an attitude which has never again left me. Albert Einstein


I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. Helen Keller


Attitude and personality are as important as experience and ability. Brian Tracy


A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. Tom Stoppard


The most successful people are those who are good at plan B. James Yorke


There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. William Bennett


Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. J.M. Barrie


Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie


If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences. Criss Jami


If you’re not enjoying your work, you should either change your attitude, or change your job. Leo Tolstoy


You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you. Maya Angelou


If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be. John Heywood


It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James


Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. Earl Nightingale


Be an independent thinker at all times, and ignore anyone who attempts to define you in a limiting way. Sherry Argov


Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher


In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. Bertrand Russell


And there are people that will stand in your corner and convince you to stand up for another round no matter what. Pete Wentz


Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. Colleen C. Barrett


Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Christian D. Larson


Your people are a mirror of your attitude. If you have a poor attitude, you can’t expect your people to be upbeat. John C. Maxwell


We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them. Elbert Hubbard


Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Stephen Covey


The way we see the problem is the problem. Stephen Covey




A winner never stops trying. Tom Landry


If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them. Bear Bryant


Great effort springs naturally from great attitude. Pat Riley


My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never. Duke Ellington


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius


I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent. Bear Bryant


Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. Norman Vincent Peale


The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success. Denis Waitley


What’s the secret to success? It’s no secret. You need a winning attitude, honesty and integrity, and a burning desire to succeed. Dave Thomas


Virtually nothing on earth can stop a person with a positive attitude who has his goals clearly in sight. Denis Waitley


For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Walter Scott


To succeed, we must first believe that we can. Michael Korda


Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi


Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi


You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. Zig Ziglar


Don’t live life as a spectator. Always examine life: Espouse new ideas, long for new things, constantly discovering new interests, escaping from boring routines. Engage life with enthusiasm; grasping life aggressively and squeezing from it every drop of excitement, satisfaction, and joy. The key to unleashing life’s potential is attitude. The person who approaches life with a child-like wonder is best prepared to defy the limitations of time, is more alive, more of a participant in life than the person who remains a spectator. Felix Baumgartner


Peak performance begins with your taking complete responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you. Brian Tracy


The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success. Eric Thomas


Don’t take reset after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck. A.P.J Abdul Kalam


Achievers have a can-do attitude that sets them apart from mere dreamers. Achievers are sold out to success – no matter the obstacles – and they are willing to put forth the effort and pay the price of success. Jim Rohn


Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Thomas Jefferson


Definiteness of purpose with positive mental attitude is the starting point of all worthwhile achievement. Napoleon Hill


The secret is contained in a three-part formula I learned in the gym: self-confidence, a positive mental attitude, and honest hard work. Arnold Schwarzenegger


Who we become is the result of our disciplined actions. Brendon Burchard


Do the act and the attitude follows. Noah Kagan


Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King


You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. Serena Williams


Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. Muhammad Ali


If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner. Zig Ziglar




Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. Doris Day


Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you. Les Brown


The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. Henry Ward Beecher


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward


Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. Albert Schweitzer


Appreciation can make a day—even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. Margaret Cousins


Of all the ‘attitudes’ we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing. Zig Ziglar


Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life. Joel Osteen


Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. Wilferd Peterson


Develop an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you. Brian Tracy


With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. Wayne Dyer


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G.K. Chesterton


When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. Elie Wiesel


When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. Kristin Armstrong


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy


Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors. Richelle E. Goodrich


Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude. Deepak Chopra


If we can develop a truly humble attitude, we can change the world. Pope Francis


Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Melody Beattie




Be patient. Relax and trust. Let go. Then, let go some more. Melody Beattie


To hell with circumstances. I create opportunities. Bruce Lee


The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. William Shakespeare


To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. Ken Keyes Jr


Try not to react merely in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view. Compose yourself. Epictetus


You must not get hung up on any single frame of mind. Adopt an attitude appropriate to the moment. Robert Greene


There is one thing we can actually control—the mind-set with which we respond to the events around us. Robert Greene


How you carry yourself reflects what you think of yourself. Robert Greene


You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy


It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. Ram Dass


Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw


Showing a lack of self-control is in the same vein granting authority to others – perhaps I need someone else to control me. Criss Jami


Self-confidence is an attitude and attitudes are more important than facts. Brian Tracy


Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is some thing in them. Christian D. Larson


When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Eckhart Tolle


Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem and personal satisfaction. Brian Tracy


The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. John C. Maxwell


Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein


Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do. Buddha


Be the light in the dark, be the calm in the storm and be at peace while at war. Michael Dolan


No one will come in to rescue you. You just have to step out somehow, and make your dreams come true. Moffat Machingura


What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more. Seneca


Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you. Dale Carnegie


You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude, and what really matters is the attitude and not the mere event. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius


Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus


When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master. Baruch Spinoza


Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better. Jim Rohn




You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude. Eleanor Roosevelt


You need to hear this loud and clear: No one is coming. It is up to you. Mel Robbins


You can’t control how you feel. But you can always choose how you act. Mel Robbins


The problem was very clear. It was me. I was holding myself back. Mel Robbins


Nobody was my support. You have to support yourself and I think that is the beauty of being a woman. Kangana Ranaut


I cannot pretend to be sorry for things that I am not, and I cannot pretend to be somebody else that I am not. Kangana Ranaut


I need nothing from my companion. No money, no financial security, no emotional support, nothing. All I want is the freedom to be myself. Kangana Ranaut


I am a lot more than my appearance, or my age, or my colour, or my hair. Kangana Ranaut


Be a girl with a mind, a woman with attitude, and a lady with class. Unknown


Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey




Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality. Les Brown


It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. Brian Tracy


You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you. Brian Tracy


If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. Les Brown


Take time as it comes, the wind as it blows, woman as she is. Alfred de Musset


Life isn’t fair. It never will be. Quit trying to make it fair. You don’t need it to be fair. Go make life unfair to your advantages. Robert T. Kiyosaki


Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Be proud of who you are. Eminem


If you have enemies, good that means you stood up for something. Eminem




If you had a choice, and you do, would you rather go through life feeling entitled or blessed? – Robert Brault,


I may not overcome the inevitable, but O, it is mine to see that the inevitable does not overcome me. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


Always remember lost, so that you don’t take for granted found. – Terri Guillemets


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. – Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995


Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? – Dennis and Wendy Mannering


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book


If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. – Oscar Wilde


In a day and age when all manner of things are believed against contrary evidence — hey, why not believe there’s a little good in everyone. – Robert Brault, 2017,


I will not endeavor to forget my sorrow by belittling it. Let my sorrow remain what it is, but O lift me up to mightier proportions. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. – Voltaire


If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one. – Cavett Robert


It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. – Annie Gottlier


You only have to do something until you want to do it, then you won’t have to do it any more. – Leland Val Van de Wall


Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left. – Hubert Humphrey


Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill


Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. – Author Unknown


Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you. – Author Unknown


The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. – Roald Dahl


There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. – Robert Brault,


To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. – George Santayana


Occasionally it’s good to pause, take a moment and remind yourself of the things in your life that are just fine. – Robert Brault,


Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. – Francesca Reigler


If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit


Heredity is much, environment is much, but I am much more. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. – The Eagles, “Already Gone”


ll waste his life in fruitless efforts. – Samuel Johnson


I’ve decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I’m having a party! – Betsy Cañas Garmon, (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)


Pain can make you give up completely, or pain can make you start over again. It’s totally up to you. – James Jones, My 600-lb Life [S2, E7, 2014]


Long ago I decided that if I get a second life, I will be beautiful and clever and rich, and that has allowed me to focus on this life. – Robert Brault,


Above all, don’t go gunning for gloom. It was a pious thought that got loose when that guy wrote “Laugh and Grow Fat,” to which might be added — Grin and grow gracious. – James P. Haverson (1880–1954), “The Hunch — A Preface,” Sour Sonnets of a Sorehead & Other Songs of the Street, 1908Think you to‑morrow when the fulness of life’s treasure is mine, that it will hold aught that is new or strange to me? I tell you that I long have known each masterpiece that hangs upon the walls of my To Be, and each royal robe that I shall wear was spun from starshine in my dreams; and not a jewel shall rest upon my brow but whose strange light has long enchanted me, and not a strain shall rise to charm my ear but whose far melody has long been playing in my soul. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders. – Foster’s Law


Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book


Whatever is—is best. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox


You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose, or you can decide today to choose them. – Robert Brault, 2017,


I do not bemoan misfortune. To me there is no misfortune. I welcome whatever comes; I go out gladly to meet it. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers,” in The Open Court, August 1903


Scorn not thy narrow task. For He who made

The brilliant stars and moon to gild the night,

Placed the small glow-worm in earth’s woodland shade,

And bade her too shed forth her tiny light.

– Fanny Charlotte Wyndham Montgomery (1820–1893), “When with a tired soul,” 1846


Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. – Bill Meyer


To‑day I am a serf, but to‑morrow is the day of manumission. To‑day I will make a survey, but to‑morrow I will reset the stakes. To‑day I slash in the shallows, but to‑morrow I will pass the danger line and swim the infinite sea. To‑day I walk the confines, but to‑morrow I will swing out into the illimitable. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


We find things where we look for them, which is why I never look for a golf ball out of bounds. – Robert Brault,


Talk happiness.  The world is sad enough

Without your woe. No path is wholly rough.

Look for the places that are smooth and clear,

And speak of them to rest the weary ear

Of earth; so hurt by one continuous strain

Of mortal discontent and grief and pain…

Talk health.  The dreary, never-ending tale

Of mortal maladies is worn and stale;

You cannot charm or interest or please

By harping on that minor chord, disease.

Say you are well, or all is well with you,

And God shall hear your words and make them true.

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Speech,” Poems of Power, 1901


Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. – Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin


I’d sooner smile

Than weep,

A heap.

I’d rather laugh

Than fret,

You bet.

– James P. Haverson (1880–1954), Sour Sonnets of a Sorehead & Other Songs of the Street, 1908


To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. – Ken S. Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness


Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. – Joe Clark


The only disability in life is a bad attitude. – Scott Hamilton


Life is life, until it is what we make of it. Hemp is hemp, — until it is a life-line or a hangman’s rope. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. – Vince Lombardi


My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. – J. Brotherton


There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. – Publius Terentius Afer


I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. – Abraham Lincoln


Just because you’re miserable doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life. – Annette Goodheart


Conditions may make some men, but some men can make conditions. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays


Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. – Buddha


There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. – William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues


I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. – Abraham Lincoln


Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health. – Author Unknown


If life throws stones at you, crush them and throw back glitter. – Terri Guillemets


Got no checkbooks, got no banks,

Still I’d like to express my thanks –

I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.

– Irving Berlin, “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” 1946


To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell. – Ancient Proverb


Make your optimism come true. – Author Unknown


If we try to see something positive in everything we do, life won’t necessarily become easier but it becomes more valuable. – Author Unknown


True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. – Charles Caleb Colton


Try to look on the bright side of things; if the bright side is not immediately evident, keep looking. It is better to be busy than depressed. – Dr. Idel Dreimer,


To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. – Confucius


Your life is your garden,

Your thoughts are the seeds.

If your life isn’t awesome,

You’ve been watering the weeds.

– Author Unknown


Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability. – Joe Brown


Why aren’t you dancing with joy at this very moment? is the only relevant spiritual question. – Vilayat Khan


I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl


You can bear your troubles or shrug them off. They’re your shoulders. – Robert Brault,


Better than tiaras — the diadem of freedom.

Better than broad acres — a garden of heartsease.

Better than mines of gold — a mint of dreams.

Better than bars of molten silver — the silver of a laugh.

Better than strings of pearls — the crystal of a tear.

Better than bands of choristers — a lute in the soul.

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers,” in The Open Court, August 1903


The only difference between a good day & a bad day is your attitude. – Dennis S. Brown


Oft expectation fails, and most oft there

Where most it promises.

– William Shakespeare


Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. – Stephen Covey


You can’t count the bad things that happen. They don’t count against life. They are life. Only count the good things. Let every blessing strengthen you. – Terri Guillemets


If you have nothing to be grateful for check your pulse. – Author Unknown


Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox. – English Proverb


No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent. – William Ellery Channing, 1838


A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body — the wishbone. – Robert Frost


If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Essential to happiness, I believe, is the ability to discard your regrets once they have served their purpose. – Robert Brault,


You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn


Staying positive is one of the hardest fights, though I’m happy I’m in it. – Daniel, @blindedpoet


A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. – Patricia Neal


The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James


Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peal


Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose — a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818


My constant bedtime prayer of gratitude: “We are all survivors.” – Terri Guillemets


When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you’ve growled all day long. – Author Unknown


What is possible? What you will. – Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Positive thinking does not mean trying to create something that is not there. Real positive thinking acknowledges that good already exists — indeed it is all that exists. – Alan Cohen, 1987


Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. – Katherine Mansfield


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault,


Let me enjoy the earth no less

Because the all-enacting Might

Which fashioned forth its loveliness

Had other aims than my delight.

– Thomas Hardy, Time’s Laughingstocks and Other Verses, 1909


Whenever you fall, pick something up. – Oswald Avery


Success is due less to ability than to zeal. – Charles Buxton


My father’s nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories. He took his own happiness with him. – Margot Asquith


Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you. – Author Unknown


We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them. – Elbert Hubbard


If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one… – William Cowper


I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it? – Henry Moore


When life is viewed as good, a bad day is easily absorbed. – Attributed to Neil Maxwell


Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. – René Descartes


Up is not an easy direction. It defies gravity, both cultural and magnetic. – Mike Abrashoff


We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. – Dorothy Day


A happy tear, sweet, sad,

a moment when your heart is bursting

with sunrays to drown out all that’s bad.

– Gunda Fijnje-Nolan, September 25th 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Sometimes life’s Hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty. – J. Andrew Helt


I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. – Winston Churchill


Your choices of action may be limited, but your choices of thought are not. – Abraham–Hicks


You’re not going to make me have a bad day. If there’s oxygen on earth and I’m breathing, it’s going to be a good day. – Cotton Fitzsimmons


If the sky falls, hold up your hands. – Author Unknown


[W]hat counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Dwight Eisenhower, address to Republican National Committee, 1958 January 31st


Two people can have a middling day, but one rounds up and the other rounds down. – Robert Brault,


Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. – Betty Smith


Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune. – Walt Whitman


Am I the victim of misplaced zeal, or misdirected force and energy? I dig and sweat in the furrows, when there are sky-furrows awaiting the kiss of my plow’s bright steel…. I have minded spigots, when it was mine to tend the seas. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “A Soul’s Faring” (XV & XVII), A Soul’s Faring, 1921  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it. – Ellen Glasgow


I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. – Wernher von Braun


Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles. – Robert Brault,


Reach for a better feeling thought. – Abraham–Hicks


The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. – F. Scott Fitzgerald


I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Mahatma Gandhi









Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist. – David Ben-Gurion


There’s a saying among prospectors: “Go out looking for one thing, and that’s all you’ll ever find.” – Robert Flaherty


I’ve got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I’m blue. – Author Unknown


I will have a care lest my burden rest all too long where my wings might have grown. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.C. Scott


Give goodness to the day and before you know it, the day will be giving goodness to you. – Terri Guillemets


I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. – Voltaire


When you decide to graduate from your regrets and disappointments, there is a brilliant career waiting for you called LIFE. – Dodinsky


If you can wear the hard times of your life as furrows on your brow, you can wear the good times as a twinkle in your eye. – Robert Brault,


The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy. – Eudora Welty


Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it’s looks, most women know otherwise. – Kathleen Turner


While the black slough mud can send forth lilies to blossom on its breast, I shall not despair. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Be the dot on the exclamation point of life! – Terri Guillemets


If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet. – Isaac Bashevis Singer


Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold. – Maurice Setter


Tear up your frustrations into confetti dreams. – Terri Guillemets


Grow antennae, not horns. – James Angell


Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment. – I Ching


Your positivity can become a castle around you which will protect you from the arrow of negativity. – Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu


Focus on the simple, good things in life and breathe your way through the minor struggles. – Terri Guillemets, “Re-learning life,” 2002


We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. – Author Unknown


Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. – Author unknown


Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

– Irish Saying


Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire. – Arab Proverb


The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. – Thomas Carlyle


Misery is a communicable disease. – Martha Graham


A car can’t operate without the mechanical systems working, but it can operate with a few dents and scratches…, you are the same. – Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it. – Will Foley


They may destroy your rose gardens, but no harm has been done, so that they have not destroyed your urge for roses. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Much in a Basket: VIII,” At the Roots of Grasses, 1923


Optimist: someone who isn’t sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy but is tickled silly just to be in the play. – Robert Brault,


The light is always shining, to see it we must stop focusing on the shadows it casts. – Kim Clarkin, December 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don’t, you have achieved half your failure. – David Ambrose


Be the light in the dark, be the calm in the storm and be at peace while at war. – Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


Calmness is a huge gift. And once you master it, you will be able to respond in a useful way to every difficult situation that decides to walk into your heart. – Geri Larkin


If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks. – Francis Rabelais


If you allow momentary defeats to find shelter in your heart, you are allowing your most beautiful dreams to become homeless. – Dodinsky


For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. – Adlai Stevenson


It rests with me whether I sit sifting through the night, or rise up and ride away in the chariot drawn by the white steeds of my yearning. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Songs of Longing: XIV,” At the Roots of Grasses, 1923


Win or lose, every time you do something in life be positive about it, be proud of the progress you’re making. – Troy Mullins


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. – Hugh Downs


A nasty day! A nasty day!

‘Twas thus I heard a critic say

Because the skies were bleak and gray—

And yet it somehow seemed to me

The day was all that it should be.

I looked it very closely o’er;

Its hours still were twenty-four,

With sixty minutes each—no less—

For deeds of good and helpfulness;

And every second full of chance

To give the day significance;

And every hour full of growth

For everybody but the sloth—

I couldn’t see it quite that way,

For though the skies were bleak and gray

The day itself, it seemed to me,

Was all a day could rightly be.

– John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), “A Protest” (February Fourteenth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920


One needs a light spirit to bear a heavy fate. – Danish Proverb


My environment may be making me what I am, but I am permitting the environment. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. – Arthur Christopher Benson


It is possible, if you never look up, to live a dull gray life under a blue sky. – Robert Brault,


You’re picky about the car you drive. You’re picky about what you wear. You’re picky about what you put in your mouth. We want you to be pickier about what you think. – Abraham–Hicks


Leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough. – Rita Mae Brown


The best way to dispel negative thoughts is to require that they have a purpose. – Robert Brault,


“Ah!” said Queen Titania, “that is not the way to look at the beautiful things of life. It is because the thorns have roses that we should be thankful, and not find fault because the roses have thorns.” – S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925), The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch, 1896


The will to live! — Dare one crave so much?

To live yearning — and to die yearning still.

Never to have abandoned the thing…

To carry into age the zest and faith of youth…

To die buoyantly — to the end on winged feet!

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Songs of Longing: III,” At the Roots of Grasses, 1923


All that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. – Paul Walker


Nothing so absurd as to sit down and wring your hands because all the good which may happen to you in twenty years has not taken place at this precise moment. – Sydney Smith, “A Little Moral Advice: A Fragment on the Cultivation and Improvement of the Animal Spirits”


If you absolutely can’t stay positive, don’t go negative — just cruise neutral for a while until you can get back up. – Terri Guillemets


I like the man who takes the stones

Upon his rocky road

With smiling lips instead of groans,

Whate’er his heavy load

Who seizes each as on he goes,

And neatly crumbles it,

And turns his share of pebbly woes

To stores of inner grit.

– John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), “Transformation” (February Fifteenth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920


[B]eing flexible ensures that you meet with no limitations. It is often in the things you cannot change that you discover life’s power to guide you. In a concrete world of mechanical sounds, you may forget that you are a natural creature in the great river of life. When a floating leaf encounters an obstacle, it begins to move in a circle. The potential power captured in the latent energy of the leaf as it turns in circles, reveals how you can access enormous energy by simply letting go. Let go and simply fall back into the great river; sometimes a necessary deluge is required to release you. Before philosophy and organized religion, nature was our only teacher. The greatest inspiration that nature can offer is how it transcends limitations. “Unattached, nothing can ever block your way.” – Kari Hohne (Taoist wisdom)


A river never beats its head against obstacles. It always goes around, and it always gets to the sea. – Robert Brault,


If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


This is the best day the world has ever seen; tomorrow will be better. – R.A. Campbell, quoted in Journal of Education, vol. 81, Boston University, 1915


Not one holy day, but seven.

Worshipping, not at the call of a bell, but at the call of my soul.

Singing, not at the baton’s sway, but to the rhythm in my heart.

Loving because I must.

Giving because I cannot keep.

Doing for the joy of it.

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “My Creed,” 1904

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. – John Burroughs


Even when the future’s not certain, our hearts can still be certain — of love and happiness and all that’s good. – Terri Guillemets


Care not what they say about the color of your skin let the brilliant light of your soul blind them. – Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife


Every day is a new opportunity to be grateful, and enjoy the world, and improve it — in our own little ways. – Terri Guillemets


When it rains, it pours. You decide what comes down. – Justin Uyehara


I am breast to breast with the great import;

Stepping the stride of the infinite intent;

Measuring myself against the utmost possibility.

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Songs of the Strong: XXVIII,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921


Our wingspan is measured not in inches but in spirit. – Terri Guillemets, “Infinite reach,” 1992


Once in a while we find those people who can be overwhelmed by nothing. They are really luminaries, and the dictionary defines a luminary as a body that gives off light. Some people are pitched head forward into a sea of trouble and come up smiling and strike out for the shore. – Earl L. Douglas, “Don’t eat your heart out,” November 1963


So many problems, so many snags

To untangle every day;

So many perplexing things in life

That keep us from being gay!

So many days that are drab and dull

That we’re filled with deepest woe,

And we give way to discouragement,

Our dangerous, mortal foe.—

A foe to our joy and happiness,

A foe to our peace of mind,—

It’s something we all have to conquer

If contentment we would find!

– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Our Mortal Foe” (1940s)


The real “it is well” is something I say from the ground, having fallen. – Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


When life hands you a lemon, say, “Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?” – Henry Rollins


Clouds or no clouds, life is grand — be grateful for all the varieties of weather in your life. – Terri Guillemets


Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves. – Italian Proverb


Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus. – Susan Longacre


I not only bow to the inevitable; I am fortified by it. – Thornton Wilder


May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. – Sara June Parker


I’ll use my broom as a paintbrush and as I try to clean up my life, beautify it too. – Terri Guillemets, “Sweeping changes,” 2016


The Cynic is one who never sees a good quality in man, and never fails to see a bad one… A man will be what his most cherished feelings are. If he encourage a noble generosity, every feeling will be enriched by it; if he nurse bitter and envenomed thoughts, his own spirit will absorb the poison; and he will crawl among men as a burnished adder, whose life is mischief, and whose errand is death… He who hunts for flowers, will find flowers; and he who loves weeds, may find weeds. – Henry Ward Beecher, Lectures to Young Men, on Various Important Subjects, 1844


I never really look for anything. What God throws my way comes. I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go. – Pearl Bailey


Men who never get carried away should be. – Malcolm Forbes


Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there. – Norman Vincent Peale


I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be a pain. – Unknown 82-year-old, quoted in H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Live and Learn and Pass It On, 1991


I will have the feel of abundance in my life, if it is only an abundance of sunshine and leaves and grasses.

The look of poverty and woe is not an outer condition that I put on like a garment, but an inner condition that I exude with my breath.

I will come like roses in their prolific season, like cherry blossoms in May, like fields where countless daisies grow…

I will scatter myself over the earth, life’s caster of seed. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “A Soul’s Faring: XLII,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921


Wag more. Bark less. – Author Unknown


Scratch less, purr more. – Author Unknown


As to the idea of considering myself a “breast cancer survivor,” I have a hard time with that concept. I feel that the term survivor is being overused to the point of losing impact…. I feel that we are all survivors of something every day that we wake up. If it isn’t breast cancer, it’s accidents, old age, poverty, joblessness, or any other condition of the human race. I don’t want to be singled out or made an example of or commended because of my behavior during a crisis or a lifetime. The behaviors that make breast cancer survivors are the same behaviors that make survivors in any situation. – Jean Maynard, 1993, in Straight from the Heart: Letters of Hope and Inspiration from Survivors of Breast Cancer, edited by Ina Yalof, 1996


It is easy to keep things at a distance; it is hard to be naturally beyond them. – Bunan


Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don’t, you don’t. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


The myriad things that are mine, had I but the capacity to contain them. The paucity of life is not in the things, but in me. Where in all my life have I room for the stature of an hour? For the pulsings of night and day? The meagerness is in my own being, in my own incapacity to open and receive. Life is rich and abundant — I am the sparsity. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “A Soul’s Faring: XLV,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Am I sorry for me; are you sorry for you;

And do we grieve for ourselves all the long day through?

Do we feel that there’s no one whom we’ve ever known

Who has had so much sorrow, who’s been so alone?…

…I will try not to be too sorry for me;

For, when the shadows fall, God will help me to see.

– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Am I Sorry for Me?” (1940s)


Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear. – Author Unknown


I am the unsheltered life…

I am the fearlessness of him who has encountered many foes…

I am the strength of him who has had much to combat.

I am the ruggedness of him who has grown up through rocks.

I am the unsheltered life.

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. – Frederick Faber


Your attitude is your life, more so than even your body. – Terri Guillemets


We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. – Konrad Adenauer


No vision and you perish;

No ideal, and you’re lost;

Your heart must ever cherish

Some faith at any cost.

Some hope, some dream to cling to,

Some rainbow in the sky,

Some melody to sing to,

Some service that is high.

– Harriet Du Autermont


Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. – Colleen C. Barrett


I do not come with charted countries, — I bring you plains that are trackless, seas that have never known sail…

I am the doer of things that cannot be done.

I chant impossibilities.

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Songs of the Strong: IV,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921


Don’t say it’s all going to be good again someday. It’s still good now — if you really look. – Terri Guillemets


We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. – Kenneth Clark


Having worked with at risk youth… I noticed that when I was intentionally positive by looking beyond their “fog” and to their light they responded with their genius. – Joe Tassinari


The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities. – Author Unknown


No road is paved with gold unless you make it your own treasure. – Alvaro Velasco


To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face, to greet the day with reverence, for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever wooes sleep and the joy that comes from work well done—this is how I desire to waste my days. – Thomas Dreier


The world is filled with great beauty

For all God’s children to see;

But many things pass unheeded

If man holds to jealousy!

All jealousy and all hatred,

And great bitterness of mind

Will keep mortal man from searching,

Nature’s loveliness, to find!

His vision becomes distorted;

He sees only what he thinks:

If he thinks in terms of darkness,

Shadows to himself he links!…

He surrounds himself with armor

That keeps away rainbow lights

And all harmony of color

That could make his world so bright!

– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Vibration of Music and Color” (1940s)


Never mind the odds against you. If you doubled your effort, what would the odds against you do — send for reinforcements? – Robert Brault, “Sparsely Sage, Mostly Rosemary and Thyme,”


Don’t major in minor things. – Author unknown









I ask of life the innocence of yesteryears, the happiness of the present time and the peace of mind of future. – Papiha Ghosh, January 2012 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


You can’t get overwhelmed by the thought of all the weeds if there are flowers in your soul. – Terri Guillemets


He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

– Edgar A. Guest, It Couldn’t Be Done


Why not learn to enjoy the little things — there are so many of them. – Author unknown


Say “Yes” to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky. Say “Yes” to the universe and the planets become your neighbors. Say “Yes” to dreams of love and freedom. It is the password to utopia. – Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951


Positive anything is better than negative thinking. – Elbert Hubbard


They can betray me, but I choose not to betray my peace of mind. – Dodinsky


The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.

– John Milton


Dear Life: When you give me dilemmas, I make dilemmanade. – Author Unknown


I have made oath to put my arms around the universe, to embrace all that is. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Songs of Longing: X,” At the Roots of Grasses, 1923


We were not made to eternally weep. – Countee Cullen (1903–1946)


Life is bare because we never plant it with seed. We never till its long rows… – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “A Soul’s Faring: XLVIII,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921


For every day that there is sunshine, there will be days of rain,

it’s how we dance within them both that shows our love and pain.

– Joey Tolbert


Either way, things are a lot better — either a lot better than they were or a lot better than they’re going to be. – Robert Brault,


Sometimes I’ll find myself getting a little bit wound up about something, and I’ll just have to talk myself down. Try to surround yourself with strong, upbeat, positive friends and people, and realize that every day in life is a choice between creating your own happiness or creating your own unhappiness. And I don’t want to be unhappy. – Hannah Aitchison, LA Ink, “Kat’s in Love” (season 1, episode 10, original airdate 2007 October 9th)


Reach up (to accept blessings).

Bend down (to respect humbly).

Reach out (to give freely).

– Terri Guillemets


I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man’s course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness. – Leo Tolstoy


If you are not enjoying the journey, you probably won’t enjoy the destination. – Author Unknown


God, set me free with dragon-flies, and wasps, and dusty-millers — unclaimed, unespoused, but free!…

Denied, protested, but living their wings.

Let me but grasp half so much of life as despised things, as purslane, and mullen, and wort

Growing there in their God-corner, unmindful of the world’s disdain,

Eating the clean earth with their roots, drinking the light with their leaves —

God-things of opprobrium — but God’s!

– Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Much in a Basket: XIV,” At the Roots of Grasses, 1923  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Be enthusiastic. Remember the placebo effect — 30% of medicine is showbiz. – Ronald Spark


An old gentleman got up once in a meeting and said he had lived nearly all his life on Grumble Street, but not long ago he had moved over on Thanksgiving street. – D.L. Moody, “Power in Prayer,” address delivered in the Northfield Auditorium July 23 and 24, 1895


I said I was living life, but I was misliving it. What I called life was death. I was putting the grave-clothes on everything worth while.

Knowing that the thing I live is not life, but death; not truth, but falsity; not nature, but distortion; will I rise up and do the thing, or am I but one more coward of being? – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “A Soul’s Faring: LXXV,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921


Don’t be mean when you’ve had a bad day. Be nice, and your day will get better. – Terri Guillemets


An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. – G.K. Chesterton, “On Running After One’s Hat,” All Things Considered, 1908


It is no use to grumble and complain;

It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice;

When God sorts out the weather and sends rain –

Why, rain’s my choice.

– James Whitcomb Riley


How can something bother you if you won’t let it? – Terri Guillemets


Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. – Napoleon


My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. – Jack Layton


Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. – Author unknown


Do not allow the noise of negativity to smother the whisper of your heart. – Dodinsky


Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. – Eckhart Tolle


I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. – Galileo Galilei


If it’s worth getting upset over, then go ahead, but is it really? – Terri Guillemets


Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. – Henry David Thoreau


A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror. – Ken Keyes, Jr.


Whatever my day may have lacked, yet I have tonight’s pearl moon. – Dr. SunWolf,


Life does not have a stop sign, only a speed limiter. – Harshit Bhattaram


What’s the use of kickin’

In an aimless sort of way?

What’s the use of knockin’?

If you’ve nothin’ good to say,

Shut up!

What’s the use complainin’

That the game ain’t on the square?

There’s mighty few will listen,

An’ fewer still will care —

Shut up!

What’s the use of talkin’

Of the “good old days gone by”?

There’s lots to do preparin’

Fer them that’s drawin’ nigh.

Shut up!

Get out an’ study laughin’

Go on an’ learn to smile;

You might even tackle singin’

If you practised fer a while —

Tune up!

– James P. Haverson (1880–1954), “Shut Up!”, Sour Sonnets of a Sorehead & Other Songs of the Street, 1908


Storm clouds and rainbows, sunshine and tears, love and loneliness. It’s all life, it’s all good. And if it’s not, it will be. – Terri Guillemets


My joy may be diminished now, but I am still alive to be more joyful ahead. – Ankam Nithin Kumar, April 2012 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


The sun won’t shine until you put the umbrella away. Be free. – Author unknown


Is life so wretched? Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up. – Dag Hammarskjold


If you fail to look at the Brightside of life,

You will fail to succeed at leaving the Darkside of life.

– Amir Al-Rubai


Spirit can walk, spirit can swim, spirit can climb, spirit can crawl. There is no terrain you cannot overcome. – Terri Guillemets


The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings. – Henri Frédéric Amiel


Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. – Alex Karras


It isn’t our position but our disposition which makes us happy. – Author Unknown


One day I shall come through Fields of Peace, up past the Hills of Joy. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. – Maori Proverb


A bad attitude is a fog over your whole body. – Terri Guillemets


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. – Rabindranath Tagore


Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin


Mind is everything. Muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. – Paavo Nurmi


Each morn, as I get out of bed,

These thoughts keep running through my head:

“Another day to do my work,

To do it well and not to shirk;

“Another day to laugh and sing

That joy to others I may bring;

Another day of hopes and fears,

Of happy hours—perhaps, some tears!”

And when, at night, I go to bed,

I’m always hoping I have shed

Some sunshine, as I lived the day,

To help another on his way.

– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Another Day” (1940s)


Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. – Edward de Bono, Observer, 12 June 1977


There is no law that says the things that brighten your day can’t be every bit as trivial as the things that ruin it. – Robert Brault,


The trouble with letting trivial things ruin your life is that they keep getting more trivial. – Robert Brault,


Anywhere you go liking everyone, everyone will be likeable. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Worship,” The Conduct of Life, 1860


People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. – Epictetus


Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day. – Nicholas Chamfort


A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. – William Arthur Ward


I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. – Arthur Rubinstein


There are two types of people — those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.” – Frederick L. Collins


Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. – Marcus Antonius


You shouldn’t say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you’re perfectly safe. – James Whistler


“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily. “So it is.” “And freezing.” “Is it?” “Yes,” said Eeyore.


“However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” – A.A. Milne


Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. – Alice Walker


Those who wish to sing, always find a song. – Swedish Proverb


I’ve known… lightning strikes and hammer blows, tripping falls face-to-ground. I drag heavy fears… and I’ve hurt a lot. But why nurture the negative? With each adversity and graying year comes a brighter, giddier laugh and a more sincere, deeper smile. My heart gets both weaker and stronger with each blow, and every knockout convinces me that I don’t want to spend any more time, not even mere seconds, being miserable or resentful or smeared with the filth of the past. Wash myself clean each morning and brave the new day…. I’ll take what I can get in lessons and give whatever I can in smiles… – Terri Guillemets, “Kicked Happy, Fallen Grateful,” 2012


Thou hast a jewel prison’d in thy breast

That God hath breathed on with the breath of love,

The brightest gift,—the most endear’d bequest,

The purest relic from our Home above.

It is thy Talisman of good below…

It will not live but in a loving heart…

It will not stay where scorn and doubt have part…

– Fanny Charlotte Wyndham Montgomery (1820–1893), “When with a tired soul,” 1846


So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity. – Henry David Thoreau, Walden


Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. – Chinese Proverb


Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth. – Francesca Lia Block


What do I want to be when I grow up? Happy. I want to be happy. And useful, loved, loving, healthy, wise, free, strong. – Terri Guillemets


Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested. – Helen MacInness


We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell


Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things. – Terri Guillemets


Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. – Ralph Marston

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