Positive Thinking Quotes

Here are some hand-picked positive thinking quotes that are fantastic pick me ups.  Depending on our mood at the time, they can inspire, motivate or challenge us when we really need it.  They can also help remind us that there is always hope no matter the circumstances. 

I will continually add to these positive thinking quotes with any gems that I find, so do check back.

positive thinking quotes

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible!'

Audrey Hepburn

Dream big and dare to fail.

Norman Vaughan

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.

Alice Walker

If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. 

If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

How best to use these Positive Thinking Quotes

It's great to have positive thinking quotes handy to dip into whenever we feel the need.  So how about choosing one right now that speaks to you?.....this minute....go on, you know you want to.

Now, here are some ideas for what you could do with the one you've chosen.  You could put it on a post-it note and stick it to your bathroom mirror, or by your bed, by the kettle, in your daily diary, or on your PC for instance - somewhere that you are going to notice it regularly so that it serves as a constant reminder.  Even better, get creative!, write it in different colours, put it in a picture frame, put pretty pictures around it - however it stands out for you.

Lastly, make it a ritual to stop every now and then, and really read these positive thinking quotes.  Remember the 46.9% mind-wandering? (link here).  Literally make yourself stop, and read, so that you take in the whole meaning.  It will make a powerful difference.  Many of these positive thinking quotes are SO profound - if only we allow ourselves the time to take it all in.

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world,

for indeed, that's all who ever have.

Margaret Mead

Don't let your failures go to your heart, don't let your successes go to your head.

Will Smith

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, either way you are right.

Henry Ford

Neither failure nor success has the power to change your state of being.

Eckhart Tolle

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something,

build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. 

It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

Albert Einstein

When it looked like the sun wouldn't shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds.

Maya Angelou

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.

Farrah Gray

Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

Steve Jobs

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.


I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Thomas Edison

By changing nothing, nothing changes.

Tony Robbins

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint' then by all means paint

and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

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

Lao Tzu

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not

have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.

Erma Bombeck

Watch this short video of Oprah highlighting the one common attribute most humans share that she discovered from all the 35,000 interviews she’s conducted so far (needs a little patience as it can take a minute to redirect appropriately).

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

Henri Matisse

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

Helen Keller

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny

matters compared to what lies within us.

William Morrow

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent,

but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

Dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like

there's nobody listening, and live like its heaven on earth.

William W Purkey

Eighty percent of life's success is showing up.

Woody Allen

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

He who says he can, and he who says he cannot, are both correct.


We are what we think.  All that we are arises with our thoughts. 

With our thoughts we make the world.


You can never cross the ocean unless you have the

courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

How to succeed?  Try hard enough.

Malcolm Forbes