Positive Attitude Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes that have to do with having a positive attitude

“Gratitude is an appreciation of your life right now, versus where you want it to be.”

Dr. Robert Emmons, The Psychology of Gratitude
*Noted in this book: People who write down the things they are grateful for every day have stronger immune systems, more happiness, and less reaction to negative events.

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

Henry Ford

“The Old Ones have always said that no matter who despises or ignores you, no matter who keeps you from entering their circles, it is right to pray for them because they are like us, too.”

Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

“Much thought has at its root a dissatisfaction with what is. Wanting is the urge for the next moment to contain what this moment does not. When there is wanting in the mind, that moment feels incomplete. Wanting is seeing elsewhere. Completeness is being right here.”

Stephen Levine

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Joshua J. Marine

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

“Every wall is a door.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

“Everything necessary to the full and complete expression of the most boundless experience of joy is mine now.”

Ernest Holmes

“People who laugh together generally don’t kill each other.”

Alan Alda

“It is hard to smash a computer when you’re laughing.”

Bill Gates

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Charles Darwin

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”


“In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. Do not make yourself ill with overwhelm. There is a tendency to fall into being weakened by perseverating on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and Infinite love is the only truth; everything else is an illusion.”

Pema Chodron

“Right now at this very moment we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.”

Howard Cutler

“Our attitudes control our lives. 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.”

Tom Blandi

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”

Earl Nightingale

“You cannot tailor make the situations in life, but you can tailor make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise.”

Zig Ziglar

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”

Jerry West

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

Charles Bixton

“Your aspirations are your possibilities.”

Samuel Johnson

“Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.”

Brian Tracy

“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.”

John Homer Miller

“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.”

Timothy Bentley

“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford

“Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.”


“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”

Paul H. Duhn

“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves, but from realizing our kinship with all beings.”

Pema Chodron

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This time like all times is a very good one if we know what to do with it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Science may have found a cure for most evils, but is has found no remedy for the worst of them all: the apathy of human beings.”

Helen Keller

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”

William James

“Sometimes we are limited more by attitude than by opportunities.”


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


“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

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Victor E. Frankl

“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”

Charles “Tremendous” Jones, Motivational Speaker and Author

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“To love someone is to give them the freedom to be themselves.”


“When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.”

Alan Alda

“No human would ever do anything to harm another if Connected to Source because when you’re Connected, you’re empowered; you don’t feel insecure. And when you don’t feel insecure, you don’t need to do something to somebody else that you’re afraid of, because you’re not afraid. You understand that Well-Being is yours.”


“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there– buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.”

Deepak Chopra

“Harmony with land is like a friend. You can not cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say you can not love game and hate predators. The land is one organism.”

        Aldo Leopold

“Last night
I begged the Wise One to tell me
the secret of the world.
Gently, gently, he whispered,
“Be quiet,
the secret cannot be spoken,
It is wrapped in silence.”


“Every man’s path is for himself; let him accomplish his own desires that he may thus be able to rise above them to the eternal goal.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Resistance is thought transformed into feeling. Change the thought that creates the resistance, and there is no more resistance.”

Robert Conklin

“In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce.  The trick is to find and continue to find, grounds for marriage.”

Robert Anderson

“They didn’t know it was possible.  So they did it.”

Mark Twain

“No matter what the past has dealt you, don’t let it destroy your future.”

Nelson Mandela

“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement”

Japanese Proverb

“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”

James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“The more honest and authentic we are, the more deeply we go into the mystery of our own being..”


“We are all here to help each other, what the others are here for, I don’t know.”

W.H. Auden

“Grant me the stormy seas over a life of ease, the toil and madness of a life of effort, and adventure , and meaning.  The safe harbor is not for me, not for long.  Let the fearful stand at the shore and point as we head into the unknown, toward that vast horizon where the bold become legend.”

Brendan Burchard, Author of The Charge


What do you think?

If you have a quote or two that could be added to this list, please let me know…

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Comments to “Positive Attitude Quotes”

  1. Excellent.


  2. I really enjoyed your website. I think your followers/readers would enjoy this book called The Little Things and Such. Its a writing journal with motivational poems and quotes and reflection questions.


  3. Heartily Thanks for sharing it….:)


  4. Two Thumbs Up! :)


    • excellent!make it 4 including toes


  5. Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush. It can color ANY situation.


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  7. What a great repository of motivational quotes…I have visited weekly for several months…thanks, Dr. Alexandra! I am the Customer Care Center director for a company in which I continuously advocate the premise to all our sales associates that attitude is the first step on the road to the sale. You can visit my collection, “On Topic”, at ralewis.tumblr.com. “Just once daily for vitality!”


    • wonderful words – thank you – warms my heart. what about hiring me to do a little workshop for your staff.
      powerful indeed – could take your center on a quantum leap in service.
      Joyfully, Dr. Alexandra

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  8. How can I Harvard reference one of these quotes from this website?




    • You are so welcome!?
      you just might love my book
      Attitudes, Beliefs and Choices…also each chapter starts with quotes and continues with
      thought-provoking material.


  10. “It isn’t where you are planted, it is how you bloom each day.”


  11. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”


  12. atittude is the determining factor between success or defeat, hapiness or saddness, and between growth or inmaturity..

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      the statement is so true. how would you grade your attitude? have you taken my attitude quiz yet? it’s interesting to see the results and how few people feel they are in the “flow of life.” how about you sergio?


  13. Be cautious but not timid; believe you will succeed, but don’t be afraid of failing. Remember, every meaningful achievement is built on the foundation stones of false starts and failures. Michael Josephson


  14. You are the captain of your own ship; don’t let anyone else take the wheel. Michael Josephson


  15. Pretty isn’t beauty. Pretty is how you look; Beauty is who you are. Pretty is in the face and body; Beauty is in the heart, mind and soul. Pretty fades; Beauty grows. Michael Josephson


  16. If you want to be happy learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being along does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life. Michael Josephson