... everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Funny is an attitude.
Be cheerful while you are alive.
What is possible? What you will.
Misery is a communicable disease.
Whenever you fall, pick something up.
Those who wish to sing, always find a song.
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.
Success is due less to ability than to zeal.
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Nothing is interesting if you're not interested.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
Every extreme attitude is a flight from the self.
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.
He that despises shall fall by little and little.
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?
What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
If you think you're a second-class citizen, you are.
Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.
He who has confidence in himself will lead the rest.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.
Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
Attitude is to the human being what gasoline is to the car.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.
A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
It isn't our position but our disposition which makes us happy.
I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?
The essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate—that's my philosophy.
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.
Reality is neutral. Our reactions reflect back and create our world.
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life.
I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?
People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.
The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.
The wise don't expect lo find life worth living; they make it that way.
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself.
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.
Staying positive is one of the hardest fights, though I'm happy I'm in it.
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.
Humans can learn to like anything, that's why we are such a successful species.
For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.
Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.
Until you know that life is interesting—and find it so—you haven't found your soul.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
A man's happiness or unhappiness depends as much on his temperament as on his destiny.
If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.
A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
A bad attitude is the worst thing that can happen to a group of people. It's infectious.
The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude toward them.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Choose not to be harmed—and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed—and you haven't been.
Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Say you are well, or all is well with you, And God shall hear your words and make them true.
Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability.
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.
Recognize the mental states that fill consciousness. Shift from unhealthy states to healthy ones.
One's existence should be in two parts: one should live like a bourgeois and think like a demigod.
How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it's the size of the fight in the dog.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
A determined man, by his very attitude and the tone of his voice, puts a stop to defeat, and begins to conquer.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Got no checkbooks, got no banks, Still I'd like to express my thanks — I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.
Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up.
The enemy is in front of us, the enemy is behind us, the enemy is to the right and to the left of us. They can't get away this time!
Let me enjoy the earth no less Because the all-enacting Might Which fashioned forth its loveliness Had other aims than my delight.
A much more effective and lasting method of face-lifting than surgical technique is happy thinking, new interests, and outdoor exercise.
Stop allowing your mind to be a slave, to be jerked about by selfish impulses, to kick against fate and the present, and to mistrust the future.
I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.
Attitude is the mind's paintbrush. It can color a situation gloomy or gray, or cheerful and gay. In fact, attitudes are more important than facts.
Although it's not useful to drown in despair, it's also not useful to keep a "positive attitude" when this means concealing or denying real emotions.
I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.
He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes, and silly people.
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.
I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man's course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness.
Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.
How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us. Stay close to the heart of nature and forget this troubled world. Remember, there is nothing wrong with nature; the trouble is in ourselves.
Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.
If life becomes hard to bear we think of a change in our circumstances. But the most important and effective change, a change in our own attitude, hardly even occurs to us, and the resolution to take such a step is very difficult for us.
It is, in other words, not objects and events but the interpretations we place on them that are the problem. Our duty is therefore to exercise stringent control over the faculty of perception, with the aim of protecting our mind from error.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. Obviously, then, one's character and frame of mind determine how readily he brings about change and how he reacts to change that is imposed on him.