Best Positive Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Positive Quotes

‘The words “I am …” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.’

– A. L. Kitselman


‘Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts.’ 

– Abel Stevens


‘If they do kill me, I shall never die another death.’ 

Abraham Lincoln


‘If you act like you’re rich, you’ll get rich.’ 

– Adnan Koashoggi


‘Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food, and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life.’

– Agnes Repplier


‘All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.’

– Alexander Pope


‘A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.’

– Alexandre Dumas


‘We think in generalities, but we live in detail.’ 

– Alfred North Whitehead


‘It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.’ 

– Amelia Barr


‘The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our Taking Action.’ 

– Andre Godin


‘Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.’

Andrew Carnegie


‘Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy

the object on which it is poured.’ 

– Ann Landers


‘God will help you if you try, and you can if you think you can.’ 

– Anna Delaney Peale


‘Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy!’ 

– Anne Frank


‘I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.’

– Anne Frank


‘He was a “how” thinker, not an “if” thinker.’ 

– Anonymous


‘Some folks think they are thinking when they are only rearranging their prejudices.’

– Anonymous


‘Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.’ 

– Anonymous


‘People, by and large, will relate to the image you project.’

 – Anonymous


‘The only prison we need to escape from is the prison of our own minds.’ 

– Anonymous


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‘If you prepare for old age, old age comes sooner.’ 

– Anonymous


‘Man is what he believes.’ 

– Anton Chekhov


‘We become just by performing just Taking Actions, temperate by performing temperate Taking Actions, brave by performing brave Taking Actions.’

– Aristotle


‘The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.’

– Arlene Raven


‘One of the most devastating experiences in human life is disillusionment.’ 

– Art Sisson


‘I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.’ 

– Arthur Rubinstein


‘Some folks never exaggerate-they just remember big.’ 

– Audrey Snead


‘The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.’ 

Ayn Rand


‘Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.’

– Ayn Rand


‘Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.’

– Baltasar Gracian


‘Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.’

Beatrix Potter


‘We are what we believe we are.’ 

– Benjamin N. Cardozo


‘What we love, we shall grow to resemble.’ 

– Bernard of Clairvaux


‘Teenagers travel in droves, packs, swarms. … To the librarian, they’re a gaggle of geese. To the cook, they’re a scourge of locusts. To department stores, they’re a big beautiful exaltation of larks … all lovely and loose and jingly.’

– Bernice Fitz-Gibbon


‘The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.’

Bette Davis


‘Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.’ 

– Bible


‘I never lost a game. I just ran out of time.’ 

– Bobby Layne


‘All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.’

– Buddha


‘Fear breeds fear.’

– Byron Janis


‘Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet.’

– Candice M. Pope


‘Happiness is the ability to recognize it.’ 

– Carolyn Wells


‘In rejecting secrecy I had also rejected the road to cynicism.’ 

– Catharine Marshall


‘Power without [the people’s] confidence is nothing.’ 

Catherine the Great


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‘Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It’s in our hands.’

– Cathy Better


‘If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain.’

– Charles B. Newcomb


‘It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act.’

– Charles Caleb Colton


‘The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.’ 

– Charles Franklin Kettering


‘If a man plants melons he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will reap beans.’

– Chinese proverb


‘The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.’ 

– Chinese proverb


‘Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.’ 

– Christina Baldwin


‘I don’t believe in pessimism.’ 

Clint Eastwood


‘If you think it’s going to rain, it will.’ 

– Clint Eastwood


‘I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.’

Coco Chanel


‘Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.’ 

– Colleen C. Barrett


‘Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.’ 

Dale Carnegie


‘Those who foresee the future and recognize it as tragic are often seized by a madness which forces them to commit the very acts which makes it certain that what they dread shall happen.’

– Dame Rebecca West


‘I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.’ 

– Daniel Boone


‘In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.’

– Daniel L. Reardon


‘Preparing for the worst is an activity I have taken up since I turned thirty-five, and the worst actually began to happen.’

– Delia Ephron


‘We criticize and separate ourselves from the process. We’ve got to jump right in there with both feet.’

– Dolores Huerta


‘Act as if it were impossible to fail.’ 

– Dorothea Brande


‘There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.’

– Dorothea Brande


‘You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes.’

– Douglas Malloch


‘Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts. A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend. It can also do us more harm than a brick.’

– Dr. Frank Crane


‘You can either give in to negative feelings or fight them, and I’m of the belief that you should fight them.’

– Dr. Ruth Westheimer


‘No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.’ 

– Dwight D. Eisenhower


‘Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with Taking Action, richer in achievement and experience.’

– Eddie Rickenbacker


‘I am dying, but otherwise I am quite well.’ 

– Edith Sitwell


‘Dangers by being despised grow great.’ 

– Edmund Burke


‘The biggest quality in successful people, I think, is an impatience with negative thinking … my feeling was, even if it’s as bad as I think it is, we’ll make it work.’

– Edward McCabe


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‘The thing we fear we bring to pass.’ 

– Elbert Hubbard


‘Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.’

– Elbert Hubbard


‘We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.’ 

– Elbert Hubbard


‘If any has a stone to throw It is not I, ever or now.’ 

– Elinor Wylie


‘Mankind’s greatest gift… is that we have free choice.’ 

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


‘If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.’ 

– Elizabeth Bowen


‘To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers-or both.’

– Elizabeth Charles


‘We have learned that power is a positive force if it is used for positive purposes.’ 

– Elizabeth Dole


‘It is easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows by like a song. But the man worthwhile is one who will smile, when everything goes dead wrong.’

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox


‘A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad … and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly.’

– Emily Bronte


‘He that seeks trouble always finds it.’ 

– English proverb


‘If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as if it had already happened.’



‘However much we guard against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us.’

– Eric Hoffer


‘We are made kind by being kind.’ 

– Eric Hoffer


‘Positive Thinking Is Practical There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.’

– Euripides


‘You live with your thoughts-so be careful what they are.’ 

– Eva Arrington


‘You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.’

– Fay Weldon


‘Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.’

– Federico Fellini


‘Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.’ 

– Felix Adler


‘Liberty cannot be caged into a charter and handed on ready-made to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.’

– Florence Ellinwood Allen


‘I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.’ 

– Florence Nightingale


‘If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.’

– Florence Scovel Shinn


‘Doubt indulged soon becomes doubt realized.’ 

– Frances Ridley Havergal


‘It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyze our own bad ones.’ 

– Franchise Sagan


‘To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.’

 – Francis Marion Crawford


‘There are more defects in temperament than in the mind.’

 – Francois de La Rochefoucauld


‘The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.’

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld


‘To establish oneself in the world, one has to do all one can to appear established.’

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld


‘I will say this about being an optimist: even when things don’t turn out well, you are certain they will get better.’

– Frank Hughes


‘The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.’

Frank Lloyd Wright


‘Doubt breeds doubt.’

– Franz Grillparzer


‘You just can’t complain about being alive. It’s self-indulgent to be unhappy.’ 

– Gena Rowland


‘They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.’

 – General Creighton W. Abrams


‘Retreat? We’re coming out of here as a Marine division. We’re bring … our dead. Retreat, hell! We’re just advancing in another direction.’

– General Oliver Prince Smith


‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’

 – George Eliot


‘Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.’

– George Eliot


‘An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.’ 

– George Eliot


‘No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.’ 

– George Jean Nathan


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‘What you think means more than anything else in your life.’ 

– George Matthew Adams


‘Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.’ 

– George Meredith


‘Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.’ 

– George R. Gissing


‘Knock the “t” off the “can’t.”‘ 

George Reeves


‘It is by sitting down to write every morning that he becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateurs.’

– Gerald Brenan


‘Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never afford himself.’ 

– Golda Meir


‘Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than gloomy gray when viewing the world.’

– Grace Paley


‘Whatever the ups and downs of detail within our limited experience, the larger whole is primarily beautiful.’

– Gregory Bateson


‘Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it.’ 

– Grenville Kleiser


‘Am I like the optimist who, while falling ten stories from a building, says at each story, “I’m all right so far”?’

– Gretel Ehrlich


‘Beauty to me is being comfortable in your own skin.’ 

Gwyneth Paltrow


‘If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.’

– Haim Ginott


‘Revolve your world around the customer and more customers will revolve around you.’

– Heather Williams


‘After you’re older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.’

– Helen Gurley Brown


‘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


‘To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.’

– Helen Keller


‘No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.’

– Helen Keller


‘Think like a man of Taking Action, act like a man of thought.’ 

– Henri Bergson


‘The way a man’s mind runs is the way he is sure to go.’ 

– Henry B. Wilson


‘We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.’ 

– Henry David Thoreau


‘What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate.’

– Henry David Thoreau


‘The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise.’ 

– Henry David Thoreau


‘Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown.’

– Henry David Thoreau


‘I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.’

Henry Ford


‘Think you can, think you can’t; either way, you’ll be right.’ 

– Henry Ford


‘Keep your thoughts right, for as you think, so are you. Therefore, think only those things that will make the world better, and you unashamed.’

– Henry H. Buckley


‘The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.’ 

– Henry L. Stimson


‘We create our fate every day … most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior.’

– Henry Miller


‘The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too.’

– Herbert Samuel


‘If you would be powerful, pretend to be powerful.’ 

– Home Tooke


‘When you look at the world in a narrow way, how narrow it seems! When you look at it in a mean way, how mean it is! When you look at it selfishly, how selfish it is! But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly spirit, what wonderful people you ‘

– Horace Rutledge


‘Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.’ 

– Ira Gassen


‘If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.’

– Isaac Bashevis Singer


‘Men have a trick of coming up to what is expected of them, good or bad.’ 

– Jacob A. Riis


‘Never think any oldish thoughts. It’s oldish thoughts that make a person old.’ 

– James A. Farley


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‘You can promote your healing by your thinking.’ 

– James E. Sweeney


‘Like begets like; honesty begets honesty; trust, trust; and so on.’ 

– James F. Bell


‘A man is literally what he thinks.’ 

– James Lane Allen


‘Man’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude … a man’s attitude will create the situation he imagines.’

– James Lane Allen


‘As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.’

– James Lane Allen


‘We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.’ 

– James W. Fulbright


‘To make the world a friendly place, one must show it a friendly face.’ 

– James Whitcomb Riley


‘What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe, despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not the faith in new possibilities and the courage to advocate them?’ 

– Jane Adams


‘A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.’ 

Jane Austen


‘Carry on, carry on, for the men and boys are gone, But the furrow shan’t lie fallow while the women carry on.’

– Janet Begbie


‘I made the decision. I’m accountable.’ 

– Janet Reno


‘Fake feeling good. … You’re going to have to learn to fake cheerfulness. Believe it or not, eventually that effort will pay off: you’ll actually start feeling happier.’

– Jean Bach


‘We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.’

– Jean de la Bruyere


‘There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it.’

– Jean de la Bruyere


‘The more wary you are of danger, the more likely you are to meet it.’ – Jean de la Fontaine

‘Do not sit long with a sad friend. When you go to a garden do you look at the weeds? Spend more time with the roses and jasmines.’

– Jelaluddin Rumi


‘My voice is still the same, and this makes me beside myself with Joy! Oh, mon Dieu, when I think what I might be able to do with it!’

– Jenny Lind


‘The body manifests what the mind harbors.’ 

– Jerry Augustine


‘You can’t pay attention to your mistakes. I made a mistake today, I made a mistake yesterday. I think it’s … very important to ignore the negative.’

– Jerry Rubin


‘The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.’ 

– Joan Didion


‘Exude happiness and you will feel it back a thousand times.’ 

Joan Lunden


‘Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.’

– Johann von Goethe


‘The basic success orientation is having an optimistic attitude.’ 

– John DePasquale


‘You can’t be pessimistic, because there are so many things that go wrong every day that if you were to be negative or pessimistic, you’d go out of business.’

– John DePasquale


‘How much shall I be changed, before I am changed!’ 

– John Donnell


‘What one believes to be true either is true or becomes true within limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are beliefs to be transcended.’

– John Lilly


‘What we see depends mainly on what we look for.’ 

– John Lubbock


‘If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.’

– John Paul Jones


‘Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all ‘

– John Richelsen


‘Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.’

– John Ruskin


‘It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.’ 

John Steinbeck


‘I couldn’t hit a wall with a six-gun, but I can twirl one. It looks good.’ 

John Wayne


‘Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected. Life is a long line of opportunities.’

– John Wicker


‘Debt is a trap which man sets and baits himself, and then deliberately gets into.’ 

– Josh Billings


‘When you’re in love, you put up with things that, when you’re out of love you cite.’

– Judith Martin


‘Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.’

– Judith Viorst


‘Look for the ridiculous in everything and you find it.’ 

– Jules Renard


‘Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.’

Julia Child


‘Who soweth good seed shall surely reap; The year grows rich as it groweth old, And life’s latest sands are its sands of gold!’

– Julia Dorr


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‘We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.’

 – Kahlil Gibran


‘The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.’ 

– Katherine Paterson


‘Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.’

– Kathleen Winsor


‘We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as affectively as by bombs.’

– Kenneth Clark


‘Being an optimist after you’ve got everything you want doesn’t count.’

– Kin Hubbard


‘We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.’

– Kurt Vonnegut


‘Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive- it’s such an interesting world.’

– L. M. Montgomery


‘The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’

– L. P. Jacks


‘Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined, and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.’

– Lady Bird Johnson


‘Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.’ 

– Lady Bird Johnson


‘He who has not faith in others shall find no faith in them.’ 

– Lao-Tzu


‘Anyone can have an off decade.’ 

– Larry Cole


‘If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it’s pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.’

– Laura Ingalls Wilder


‘If you are going to think black, think positive about it. Don’t think down on it, or think it is something in your way. And this way, when you really do want to stretch out and express how beautiful black is, everybody will hear you.’

Leontyne Price


‘The wisdom of all ages and cultures emphasizes the tremendous power our thoughts have over our character and circumstances.’

– Liane Cordes


‘It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.’ 

– Lillian Hellman


‘Here is where some entrepreneurs fail. They are filled with creative juices and total commitment to their business, but too often they don’t understand that they must also be managers, administrators, even gofers-at least for a while.’

– Lillian Vernon


‘This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.’

– Lin Yutang


‘Choice is the essence of what I believe it is to be human.’ 

– Liv Ullmann


”Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.’ 

– Lord Byron


‘There is no miraculous change that takes place in a boy that makes him a man. He becomes a man by being a man.’

– Louis L’Amour


‘She was one of those happily created beings who please without effort, make friends everywhere, and take life so gracefully and easily that less fortunate souls are tempted to believe that such are born under a lucky star.’

– Louisa May Alcott


‘True revolutions … restore more than they destroy.’ 

– Louise Bogan


‘Every thought we think is creating our future.’ 

– Louise L. Hay


‘The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.’

– Lucan


‘One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.’

Lucille Ball


‘I expect some new phases of life this summer, and shall try to get the honey from each moment.’

– Lucy Stone


‘Life has, indeed, many ills, but the mind that views every object in its most cheering aspect, and every doubtful dispensation as replete with latent good, bears within itself a powerful and perpetual antidote.’ 

– Lydia H. Sigourney


‘1 Give to the world the best you have I and the best will come back to you.’

– Madeline Bridges


‘Fear to let fall a drop and you spill a lot.’ 

– Malay proverb


‘If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.’ 

– Malcolm Forbes


‘A man’s life is what his thoughts make it.’ 

Marcus Aurelius


‘For years I wanted to be older, and now I am.’ 

Margaret Atwood


‘A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter as fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.’

– Margaret Atwood


‘A word after a word after a word is power.’ 

– Margaret Atwood


‘A sneer is like a flame; it may occasionally be curative because it cauterizes, but it leaves a bitter scar.’

– Margaret Deland


‘I actually remember feeling delight, at two o’clock in the morning, when the baby woke for his feed, because I so longed to have another look at him.’

– Margaret Drabble


‘We make our own criminals, and their crimes are congruent with the national culture we all share. It has been said that a people get the kind of political leadership they deserve. I think they also get the kinds of crime and criminals they themselves brin’

– Margaret Mead


‘Live as if you like yourself, and it may happen.’ 

– Marge Piercy


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‘I am one of those people who are blessed … with a nature which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.’

– Margery Allingham


‘The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.’ 

– Margery Allingham


‘We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach.’

– Margo Jones


‘If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.’

– Marian Wright Edelman


‘If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread on.’

– Marie Corelli


‘Give me good health and I’ll take care of the rest.’ 

– Marilyn Home


‘A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.’

Marlene Dietrich


‘My center is giving way, my right is in retreat: situation excellent. I am attacking.’

– Marshal Ferdinand Foch


‘They never raised a statue to a critic.’ 

– Martha Graham


‘Lifting as they climb, onward and upward they go, struggling and striving and hoping that the buds and blossoms of their desires may burst into glorious fruition ere long.’

– Mary Church Terrell


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

Mary Kay Ash


‘Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.’ 

– Mary McLeod Bethune


‘The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.’

– Marya Mannes


‘Nothing befalls us that is not of the nature of ourselves. There comes no adventure but wears to our soul the shape of our everyday thoughts.’

– Maurice Maeterlinck


‘Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.’ 

– Maxwell Maltz


‘Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.’ 

– Maxwell Maltz


‘It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.’

– May Sarton


‘When people asked, I used to tell them how sick I was. The more I talked about being sick, the worse I got. Finally, I started saying, “I’m getting better.” It took a while, but then I started to feel better, too.’

– Michael Hirsch


‘He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.’ 

– Michel de Montaigne


‘To believe in God is to yearn for His existence, and furthermore, it is to act as if He did exist.’

– Miguel de Unamuno


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

– Mike Todd


‘Tragedy had its compensations. Once the worst misfortune occurred, one never worried about the minor ones.’

– Mildred Davis


‘The best course was to buy a house across a road from a cemetery and look at it every morning. Reminding yourself where it all ended anyway, you’d never get upset about anything again.’

– Mildred Davis


‘We are accountable only to ourselves for what happens to us in our lives.’ 

– Mildred Newman


‘To find oneself jilted is a blow to one’s pride. One must do one’s best to forget it and if one doesn’t succeed, at least one must pretend to.’

– Moliere


‘While you don’t need a formal written contract before you get married, I think it’s important for both partners to spell out what they expect from each other…. There are always plenty of surprises-and lots of give and take-once you’re married.’

– Muriel Fox


‘I think there is a choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.’

– Muriel Rukeyser


‘It is no use blaming the men-we made them what they are-and now it is up to us to try and make ourselves-the makers of men-a little more responsible.’

– Nancy Astor


‘He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.’ 

Napoleon Bonaparte


‘Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.’ 

– Napoleon Bonaparte


‘We planted flowers last year, and I didn’t know if I’d be alive to see them come up.’

– Neal McHugh


‘A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.’

– Nicholas Hilliard


‘Optimism is essential to achievement and is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.’

– Nicholas Murray Butler


‘Success produces success, just as money produces money.’ 

– Nicolas de Chamfort


‘Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations-plus or minus-it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.’

– Norman Cousins


‘A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.’

– Norman Cousins


‘Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.’ 

– Norman Vincent Peale


‘Change your thoughts and you change your world.’ 

– Norman Vincent Peale


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‘Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires.’

– Orison Swett Marden


‘There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world.’

– Oscar Hammerstein II


‘How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.’

– Park Cousins


‘People are not going to love you unless you love them.’ 

– Pat Carroll


‘Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.’ 

– Peace Pilgrim


‘This is the way of peace-overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.’

– Peace Pilgrim


‘All things are possible until they are proved impossible-and even the impossible may only be so as of now.’

– Pearl S. Buck


‘Your imagination has much to do with your life. … It is for you to decide how you want your imagination to serve you.’

– Philip Conley


‘I’m in a wonderful position: I’m unknown, I’m underrated, and there’s nowhere to go but up.’

– Pierre S. DuPont IV


‘The soul contains the event that shall befall it, for the event is only the actualization of its thoughts, and what we pray to ourselves for is always granted.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘There are people who have an appetite for grief; pleasure is not strong enough and they crave pain. They have mithridatic stomachs which must be fed on poisoned bread, natures so doomed that no prosperity can sooth their ragged and disheveled desolation.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘People only see what they are prepared to see.’ 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes. What you are comes to you.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘A man is what he thinks about all day long.’ 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Skill to do comes of doing.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.’

– Raymond Charles Barker


‘Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.’ 

Rene Descartes


‘To heal ourselves we also have to heal society.’ 

– Riane Eisler


‘Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.’ 

– Rita Mae Brown


‘It seems to me probably that any one who has a series of intolerable positions to put up with must have been responsible for them to some extent… they have contributed to it by impatience or intolerance, or brusqueness-or some provocation.’

– Robert Hugh Benson


‘Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I am going to complete every pass.’

– Ron Jaworski


‘I do think that being the second [female Supreme Court Justice] is wonderful, because it is a sign that being a woman in a place of importance is no longer extraordinary.’

– Ruth Bader Ginsberg


‘Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.’ 

– Ruth Gordon


‘People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be-not what you nag them to be.’

– S. N. Parker


‘If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.’

– Saint Augustine


‘Once you begin to believe there is help “out there,” you will know it to be true.’ 

– Saint Bartholomew


‘He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.’

– Saint Basil


‘Clear your mind of “can’t.”‘ 

– Samuel Johnson


‘If you make fun of bad persons you make yourself beneath them. … Be kind to bad and good, for you don’t know your own heart.’

– Sarah Winnemucca


‘The saddest day hath gleams of light, The darkest wave hath bright foam beneath it, The twinkles o’er the cloudiest night, Some solitary star to cheer it.’ 

– Sarah Winnemucca


‘If you constantly think of illness, you eventually become ill; if you believe yourself to be beautiful, you become so.’

– Shakti Gawain


‘I’m not overweight, I’m just nine inches too short.’ 

– Shelley Winters


‘Fortunately the family is a human institution: humans made it and humans can change it.’

– Shere Hite


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‘If I had a party to attend and didn’t want to be there, I would play the part of someone who was having a lovely time.’

Shirley MacLaine


‘My gift is that I’m not beautiful. My career was never about looks. It’s about health and being in good shape.’

– Shirley MacLaine


‘If you haven’t been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it’s much harder. You need more luck.’

– Simone de Beauvoir


‘One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.’ 

– Simone de Beauvoir


‘We are so outnumbered there’s only one thing to do. We must attack.’ 

– Sir Andrew Cunningham


‘I learned really to practice mustard seed faith, and positive thinking, and remarkable things happened.’

– Sir John Walton


‘Kindness gives birth to kindness.’ 



‘I’ll just hit the dry side of the ball.’ 

– Stan Musial


‘Failure is impossible.’

– Susan B. Anthony


‘My father instilled in me that if you don’t see things happening the way you want them to, you get out there and make them happen.’

– Susan Powter


‘They say, “You can’t give a smile away; it always comes back.” The same is true of a kind word or a conversation starter. What goes around, comes around.’

– Susan RoAne


‘Although none of the rules for becoming alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.’

– Susan Sontag


‘Thoughts have power; thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking.’

– Susan Taylor


‘Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn’t want your mother to hear at your trial.’

– Sydney Biddle Barrows


‘To think of losing is to lose already.’

 – Sylvia Townsend Warner


‘God prefers your health, and your obedience, to your penance.’ 

– Teresa of Avila


‘The pessimist is half-licked before he starts.’ 

– Thomas A. Buckner


‘Every noble work is at first impossible.’ 

– Thomas Carlyle


‘The life each of us lives is the life within the limits of our own thinking. To have life more abundant, we must think in limitless terms of abundance.’

– Thomas Dreier


‘The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.’

– Thomas Dreier


‘Those see nothing but faults that seek for nothing else.’ 

– Thomas Fuller


‘If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.’

– Thomas Mann


‘If you want to be a big company tomorrow, you have to start acting like one today.’

– Thomas Watson


‘Most of the time we think we’re sick it’s all in the mind.’ 

– Thomas Wolfe


‘My disease is one of the best things that has happened to me; it has pulled me out of a quietly desperate life toward one full of love and hope.’

– Tom O’Connor


‘Our lives preserved. How it was; and how it will be. Passing it along in the relay. That is what I work to do: to produce stories that save our lives.’

– Toni Cade Bambara


‘A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.’

– Tyne Daly


‘Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in Taking Action; Taking Actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.’

– Tyron Edwards


‘We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.’ 

– Victoria, Queen of England


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‘Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers-in that order.’

Vince Lombardi


‘Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.’ 

– Vincent van Gogh


‘They can because they think they can.’ 

– Virgil


‘Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.’

– Virginia Satir


‘We have a problem. “Congratulations.” But it’s a tough problem. “Then double congratulations.”‘

– W Clement Stone


‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you do not, pretend.’ 

– Wally Phillips


‘I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.’ 

– Wernher von Braun


‘Focus is important. Focus on those parts of yourself that are working. Look at yourself as someone whose body is in the process of healing. Concentrate on the positive parts.’

– Will Garcia


‘Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor.’

– William Cobbett


‘All that a man does outwardly is but the expression and completion of his inward thought. To work effectively, he must think clearly; to act nobly, he must think nobly.’

– William Ellery Channing


‘The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.’

– William Hazlitt


‘As is our confidence, so is our capacity.’

 – William Hazlitt


‘Men will get no more out of life than they put into it.’ 

– William J. H. Boetcker


‘Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of our venture.’

– William James


‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.’

– William James


‘If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.’ 

– William James


‘The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion.’

– William Makepeace Thackeray


‘Assume a virtue, if you have it not.’ 

William Shakespeare


‘Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.’

– WW. Ziege


‘Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.’ 

Yogi Berra


‘Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.’

– Zachary T. Bercovitz


‘Women forget all the things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget.’

– Zora Neale Hurston

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