Positive quotes

The Meaning of Success:

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

87 percent of all people fail, not because of capability but because of personality.

Kurt Einstein of Success magazine.

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 leader's attitude is caught by his or her followers more quickly than his or her actions.

John C. Maxwell

A limit on what you will do, puts a limit on what you can do.


A person with an outstanding attitude makes the best of it while he gets the worst of it.

John C. Maxwell

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.

Dr. Joyce Brothers.

Action and feeling go together, and by regulating the action... we can directly regulate the feeling.

William James

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.

James Allen

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

Abraham Lincoln

An attitude is: an inward feeling expressed by an outward action.

John C. Maxwell

An attitude's growth never stops.

John C. Maxwell

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or failure.

Norman Vincent Peale

As negative thoughts produce negative actions, so positive thoughts produce positive actions.

John C. Maxwell

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.

John C. Maxwell

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.

Wilfred Peterson

Be the most enthusiastic person you know.

John C. Maxwell

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

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

Finally, I urge you to develop an optimistic attitude and a strong belief in yourself. I don't advise you to be egocentric, but it's not conceited to have a solid sense of your own abilities. This will help you through the rough times we all encounter. Instead of being defeated by them, you will lean from these challenges and go on to conquer them.

Mike Wright, Chairman/CEO/President, Supervalu, Inc.

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Mary Kay Ash

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

Sally Koch

Happiness is a habit - cultivate it.

Elbert Hubbard

Happiness is not something you find, but rather something you create.


Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

Ayn Rand

Hire attitude and train for skill. The most talented person will destroy a business if there is an attitude problem, and fellow employees are the first to know it.

Bruce Flohr, President/CEO, Rail Tex Services Co., Inc.

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.

Harry S. Truman

If things go wrong, don't go with them.

Roger Babson

If you are selective about the things you choose to read, look at or listen to, then you are taking effective action against negative thinking. It's just like with a computer; if you change the input, you will change the output.

Zig Ziglar

If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way. Don't wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.

Napoleon Hill

If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

Rosalynn Carter

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

Agnes Repplier

Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.

Helen Keller

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.

Blaise Pascal

Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Often our attitude is the only difference between our success and failure.

Abraham Lincoln

One person can make a difference and every person should try.

John F. Kennedy

Our attitude is more honest and more consistent than our words.

Abraham Lincoln

Places and circumstances never guarantee happiness. You must decide within yourself whether you want to be happy. Robert J. Hastings Show me a person who sees himself negatively and I will show you a person who sees others in a negative way.

John C. Maxwell

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

Richard Bach

Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is.

Publilius Syrus

Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.

Napoleon Hill

The leader's attitude helps determine the attitudes of the followers.

John C. Maxwell

The only lack or limitation is in your own mind. N.H. Moos The positive person understands that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.


The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.

Shakespeare, Othello, Act 1, Scene 3

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

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

(Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2) Shakespeare

We are either the masters or the victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice - blessing or curse.


We see the world, not as it is, but as we are--or, as we are conditioned to see it.

Stephen R. Covey

We tend to get what we expect.

Norman Vincent Peale

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

Colleen C. Barrett

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live.

Joan Baez

You win only if you aren't afraid to lose.

Rocky Aoki

Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.

Norman Vincent Peale

Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.

Cesare Pavese

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

Daniel L. Reardon

Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react.


Life is an experience. Live it.

Nike Slogan

Many people help construct our attitudes at a certain time and place.

John C. Maxwell

Most people have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.

John C. Maxwell

Most projects fail or succeed before they begin.


Negative talking is contagious.

John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking blows everything out of proportion.

John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking creates clouds at critical decision times.

John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking hinders others from making a positive response.

John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking keeps us from enjoying life.

John C. Maxwell

Negative thinking limits God and our potential.

John C. Maxwell

Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.

John C. Maxwell

Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.

John C. Maxwell

Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings.

John C. Maxwell

Our attitude determines our approach to life.

John C. Maxwell

Our attitude determines our relationships with people.

John C. Maxwell

Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail.

John C. Maxwell

Our challenge is to think right in a wrong world. Our challenge is to think positive in a negative world.

John C. Maxwell

Problems are not my problem. It's not what happens to me but what happens in me that matters.

John C. Maxwell

Since an attitude is often expressed by our body language and by the looks on our faces, it can be contagious.

John C. Maxwell

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The quickest and shortest way to crush whatever laurels you have won is for you to rest on them.

Donald P. Jones

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.

Harold Stephens

There is no such thing as a perfect flawless attitude.

John C. Maxwell

To get out of a hard situation, try a soft answer.

John C. Maxwell

We are responsible for our attitudes.

John C. Maxwell

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.

Henry Ford

Attitude is a paintbrush. It colors everything!


The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude towards them.



Honesty, Friday February 04, 2005
05:06 AM EST