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Positive Thinking Quotes


Top 30 Positive Thinking Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Positive Thinking Quotes

Believe you can change the world.

- William (Bill) Hewlett (1919-2001), pictured right, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, pictured right.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the American president (pictured right), agrees:

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.


No 2Positive Thinking Quotes

What you think you become.

- Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC), founder of Buddhism, pictured right.


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The American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), pictured right, agrees:

Men are not prisoners of fate but only prisoners of their own minds.



No 3Positive Thinking Quotes

Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.

- Boethius (c.470-524), pictured right, Roman philosopher.


Two other philosophers agree:

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A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is.

- Seneca (c.4 BC-65 AD), pictured right, Roman philosopher.


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A thing is important if anyone think it important.

- William James (1842-1910), pictured right, American psychologist and philosopher.



No 4

Two men look through the same bars:

One sees mud – and one sees stars.

(from the poem Philosophy)

- Frederick Langbridge (1849-1923), English poet.


No 5Positive Thinking Quotes

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

- William James (1842–1910), pictured right, American psychologist and philosopher, pictured right.


No 6Positive Thinking Quotes

The world’s mine oyster.

(Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor)

  - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.



No 7Positive Thinking Quotes

Greet the unseen with a cheer!

(from the 1889 poem Asolando)

- Robert Browning (1812-89), pictured right, English writer.



No 8Positive Thinking Quotes

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

- Helen Keller (1880-1968), American campaigner for the disabled, pictured right

She also comments:

Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow.




No 9Positive Thinking Quotes

One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life!

- W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963), American civil rights leader, pictured right.



No 10Positive Thinking Quotes

Never despair.

(nil desperandum in Latin)

- Horace (65–8 BC), pictured right, Roman poet



No 11Positive Thinking Quotes

The power of positive thinking,

(the title of a 1952 book)

- Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), pictured right, American writer.



No 12Positive Thinking Quotes

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

- Anne Frank (1929-1945), child victim of the Holocaust, pictured right.


She also makes two other positive comments:

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be!

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



No 13Positive Thinking Quotes

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American human rights campaigner, pictured right.



No 14Positive Thinking Quotes

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

- Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) American president, pictured right.


Another (anonymous) comment on pessimism is:

He is a real pessimist - he could look at a doughnut and only see the hole in it.


No 15Positive Thinking Quotes

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive.

- Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Roman philosopher and emperor, pictured right.



No 16Positive Thinking Quotes

I had the blues because I had no shoes,

Until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

- Dale Carnegie, pictured right, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1944).

(Carnegie stuck this rhyme on his shaving mirror to remind him every day to count his blessings)



No 17Positive Thinking Quotes

Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.

- Helen Keller (1880-1968), American campaigner for the blind and deaf, pictured right.


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Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), pictured right, the Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone, puts it this way:

When one door closes another opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us



No 18Positive Thinking Quotes

Hope is the most important element in success.

- James Dyson (1947-), pictured right, English inventor


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Claudio in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure also comments:

The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.


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But Francis Bacon (1561–1626), pictured right, the English philosopher, warns:

Hope is a good breakfast, but a poor supper.



No 19Positive Thinking Quotes

I will seize fate by the throat,

- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) German composer, pictured right.



No 20Positive Thinking Quotes

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.

(to be said 15 to 20 times, morning and evening)

- Émile Coué (1857–1926),French psychologist, pictured right.



No 21Positive Thinking Quotes

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and philosopher, pictured right.


Richard Branson (1950- ), pictured right, the English founder of Virgin, agrees:

Success depends on people’s enthusiasm, their dependability and their effectiveness.



No 22Positive Thinking Quotes

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.

- Dale Carnegie, pictured right, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)



No 23Positive Thinking Quotes

You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart.

(from the song Beautiful)

- Carole King (1942- ), pictured right, American pop singer.



No 24Positive Thinking Quotes

Don’t ever become a pessimist. A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-88), American science fiction writer (pictured right) in Time Enough for Love (1973) .

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 Jeff Bezos (1964-), pictured right, the American founder of Amazon, agrees:

Optimism is essential.



No 25Positive Thinking Quotes

Bad times, hard times - this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good.

-St. Augustine (354-430), pictured right, Algerian philosopher.



No 26Positive Thinking Quotes

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

- Marcus Aurelius (121-180), pictured right, Roman philosopher and emperor.



No 27Positive Thinking Quotes

While there’s life, there’s hope.

- Cicero (106-43 BC), pictured right, Roman philosopher and politician.



No 28Positive Thinking Quotes

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.

- David Hume (1711-76), pictured right, Scottish philosopher.



No 29Positive Thinking Quotes

Tomorrow is another day!

- Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh, pictured right, in the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind).



No 30Positve Thinking Quotes

The triumph of hope over experience. 

 - Samuel Johnson (1709–84), English writer, pictured right.

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