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Best 114 Positive Thinking Quotes To Pick You Up When You’re Feeling Lost

Today’s positive thinking quotes are all about helping you to get unstuck, express gratitude and appreciate the good things in life.

Sometimes you need the constant reminders that there is always hope. It can be difficult to maintain positivity when life throws tough challenges and curveballs at you.

It’s not in your power to control everything that happens. But you are powerful enough to handle whatever comes along.

Remember that.

Positive thinking quotes about happiness

“If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“If you don’t want to be happy, there is nothing I can do for you.” – Unknown

“I have decided to be happy because it’s good for my health.” – Voltaire

“You cannot be happy if you are not.” – Wayne Dyer

“Happiness is a choice that you make and it’s in your hands.” – Gary Zukav

“The more we think about happiness as something to aim for or acquire, the less likely we’ll find it. The only way to increase our chances of experiencing joy on a regular basis is to stop trying so hard to get there.” – Rick Foster

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“We must be happy so that we can have peace.” – Mother Teresa

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If happiness doesn’t come from within, it never will.” – Sally Field as Mary Lou Retton in the movie ‘Mommy Dearest’

“I am grateful for what I have; my thanksgiving may be just an act of faith with few words but sincere feelings.” – Maya Angelou

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything it is.” – Mandy Hale

“Happiness comes in its own time, and if we can’t be happy now, then the future will not make us any happier.” – D. H. Lawrence

“If you want to feel good about yourself just do something for someone else without asking anything back.”- Mother Teresa

10 Positive thinking quotes about life

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Albert Camus

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“Will you not give me my share of day? I was born in the same dawn and twilight, as a mountain peak or as dew on grass. The wind would never be so cruel to save one child from another when we are all equally new-born.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“I am made happy by little things; they amuse me no end.” – John Keats

“Those who live fully, have abundantly more than those who only exist. For it is the quality rather than quantity that matters most for happiness.” – Seneca the Younger

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Your potential is limitless.” – John C. Maxwell

“It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how often you get to the punch.” Muhammad Ali

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!”- Henry David Thoreau

“I have seen too much not to know that life can never be without pain or sorrow for us; but I do think we may find some things worth living for and making our own joys out of them, as well as we may.” – Louisa May Alcott

“You are responsible for what goes on inside your head.”- Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how often you get to the punch.” Muhammad Ali

Positive thinking quotes for new beginnings

“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.”-Albert Einstein

“Do what makes your heart glad and forget about everybody else!” – Bobbi Brown

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” – Albert Einstein

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us….We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant? What am I here for?” – Marianne Williamson

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Buddha

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“I challenge you to dare greatly!”- Brené Brown

“Live as though your were born into royalty”- Oprah Winfrey

“Don’t be afraid that if you lose everything, you will no longer exist. You still live with all your memories intact because they are a part of what make up YOU! ” – Unknown

“The best way to predict your future is create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If you think it’s impossible, then I say: You’re right. It is.” – Edward de Bono

“Avoid the temptation to compare your behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Unknown

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities and possibilities in every situation. Unsuccessful people blame their circumstances.” – Zig Ziglar

“The truth is that we cannot change our past but we can move on from it towards a better future. Don’t direct anger or frustration at yourself because of what happened yesterday or last year. Just use today as a fresh start for new beginnings.” – Oprah Winfrey

Positive thinking quotes for when you’re feeling lost

“The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; And the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

“A positive attitude is just as contagious as a negative one. Be bold and good things will follow.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Worrying can’t help you out of trouble, but worrying can keep you in hot water that’s already boiling!” – Unknown

“If I decide my fate, what am I? A slave or a master?”- Amy Tan

“I’d rather be happy than right any day”. – Linda Ellerbee

“Stay positive, better days are on the way.” – Author Unknown

“Be positive. Think positively.” – Author Unknown

“Just because you are down, doesn’t mean that there’s no up left in you!”- Ziggy Marley

“Life will always be hard on us when we can’t find love within ourselves. When I lost myself for a moment and started hating everything I saw, the world was my enemy until I realized that it just reflected me.” – Jim Carrey

“If your happiness depends on what somebody else says or does then you’re living an illusion”. ― Hermann Hesse

“The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have expectations”. ― Chuck Palahniuk.

“I was born with a smile on my face and laughter in my eyes. I think that people who are always so serious–well, they just need a good dose of humor!” – Mae West

“To deny the natural happiness of life is an insult to Human Nature”- Henry David Thoreau

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever get enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly, you’re doing the impossible.” – Saint Francis of Assisi

“I have learned to love my life, and I want you to also. Live with enthusiasm!” -Buddha

“What if the whole world is a dream?” ― Plato

“The true measure of success…is how much we’ve accomplished for others in our lifetime.”- John Wooden

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger”. – Buddha

“‘If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, then don’t act like it’s not there.’ ― Maya Angelou

Positive thinking quotes for success

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” -Andrew Carnegie

“Successful people are always looking for ways to help others.”-Mark Cuban

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ― Bill Cosby

“The happiest person in this world is one who has overcome their ego while still retaining its benefits; someone who knows how great they really are yet doesn’t take themselves too seriously!” – Unknown

“People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” – Harvey Mackay

“The secret of success in life is to be happy with what you’re doing. Be your own true self, don’t worry about how it compares with someone else’s idea of who they are supposed to be.” ― Hugh MacLeod

“Successful people focus their energy on the positive aspects of themselves or a situation rather than complaining about what has not been achieved so far.” – Unknown

“What would happen if I were successful? What will my words become? Will my thoughts hold me hostage?” ― Alanis Morissette

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Don’t quit.” – Unknown

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If that means loving iced tea then make it your mission in life!” – Howard Schultz

“I think when people say ‘grit’ they mean a person who has optimism about their ability to overcome adversity even if they have failed at something before. That’s not really my definition but I will take credit for coining the word!” ― Angela Duckworth

“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding that you’re not going to stay where you are.” – Unknown

“Knowledge has power. Study hard, read more from the world’s great thinkers and writers, talk about what matters most with people who care for similar things (and listen). That is how we build a life of loving service in our communities.” ― Howard Schultz

“I have found that when I am trusting my intuition it seems like everything falls into place. Trusting your gut can be difficult at times because sometimes you might feel uncertain or insecure but if something does not seem right then don’t go through with it! It will make all the difference!” – Angelina Jolie

“Keep in mind that neither success or failure is final.” – Roger Ward Babson

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful.” – John Wooden

“Believe that positive change will come and do everything you can to make it happen.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“Have faith not only when things are going well but also when they seem impossible or bleak; for things always work out if we have faith!”– Anonymous

Positive thinking quotes on mindfulness

“Take life as it comes. Live in your day and try to create more of a positive attitude.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

“Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, without judgment.” – Jon Kabat Zinn

positive thinking quotes

“You are the sky. Everything else is just weather.” – Pema Chõdrõn

“Brilliant things happen in calm minds. Be calm, you’re brilliant.” – Headspace

“Listen to your breath and follow it in, following the air all the way down into your belly. Listen for a little while, then release.” – Tara Brach

“Don’t try so hard–it will happen as you let go!” ― Phil McGraw

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

“Your thoughts are not the same as you.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Our experience of life and our level of happiness is largely determined by how we think about things.” ― Rick Hanson

“Mindfulness is just awareness. It’s paying attention on purpose, without judgment to what’s happening in your present moment–whether it’s stressful or pleasant.” ­- Jon Kabat Zinn

“We can’t control everything that happens. But we can change our experience of those things.” – Author Unknown

“If you want to lift yourself up, act as if you are already there.” – Author Unknown

“I had a life and I didn’t know how to live it. Now I have days that are so full and the time goes by like nothing.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

“You can create anything-anything at all–if your mind is free; but once your mind has been captured by an idea or opinion then whatever happens will conform to what you’ve patterned in your own head.” ― Margret Hill

“Having a clear mind and a clear space allows you to think and act with purpose.” – Erika Oppenheimer

“The power of positive thinking is self-fulfilling.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“You will never find peace in your life until you fill yourself up with peace. That means finding the serenity to accept what can’t be changed and the courage to change what should be.” – Author Unknown

“True happiness comes from being wholeheartedly involved in living each moment, taking pleasure in simple things that happen every day.” ­- Mokichi Okada

Positive thinking quotes on having gratitude

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The best way to have a good day is to try and make someone else’s great. I believe in karma if you want something bad enough for somebody else it will come back around.”- Author Unknown

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.” – Melody Beattie

“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” Roy T. Bennett

“Gratitude is a currency that we can create now, and spend any time.” – Gary W. Zukav

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” – Unknown

“Be grateful for your past mistakes: they are making you wiser so that you don’t repeat them in the future.” – Unknown

“When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love; then make that day count!” – Steve Maraboli

“No matter how bad you feel, someone feels worse. No matter how much of a victim your life seems to be, somebody else is more victimized.” – The Dalai Lama

“You must show gratitude for the good as well as the adversity because without one you cannot experience and appreciate the other.”-Leo Buscaglia

“When we turn our attention away from what could have been or should have been–and focus on all that was given to us in this moment–life becomes an incredible gift.” – Steve Maraboli

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. It means we recognize that there are better days ahead.” – Oprah Winfrey

“We all have two choices: to be a prisoner or an observer, life’s victor or victim, happy person or angry one. We always have these choices and yet many people don’t make them consciously until it’s too late.” – Thomas A. Harris

“If you can change your thoughts then you can also change your world.”- Louise Hay

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – Doris Day

We hope you enjoyed this list of positive thinking quotes. Which was your favorite? What are some other inspiring thoughts or quotes that make you feel good about yourself and the world around us? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out our post attitude quotes for more inspiration!

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