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A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995
Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?
~Dennis and Wendy Mannering
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. ~Oscar Wilde
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. ~Ancient Persian Saying
If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.
It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.
There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.
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.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit
So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ~The Eagles, "Already Gone"
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.
I've decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I'm having a party!
~Betsy Cañas Garmon
The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. ~Bill Meyer
We find things where we look for them, which is why I never look for a golf ball out of bounds. ~Robert Brault
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1893
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
~Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.
~Ken S. Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.
There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.
~Publius Terentius Afer
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
~Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
~William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues
I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health.
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.
~Irving Berlin, "I Got the Sun in the Morning," 1946
To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
Make your optimism come true.
True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.
~Charles Caleb Colton
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations.
~Eli Khamarov, Surviving on Planet Reebok
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises.
Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.
Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.
If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818
When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long.
What is possible? What you will.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things.
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Let me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
Which fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
~Thomas Hardy, Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, 1909
Whenever you fall, pick something up.
Success is due less to ability than to zeal.
My father's nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories. He took his own happiness with him.
Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you.
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one...
I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?
This weary ol' workhorse is a unicorn, my friend.
I wish I was a glow worm,
A glow worm's never glum.
'Cos how can you be grumpy
When the sun shines out your bum!
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt...
Sometimes life's Hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty.
~J. Andrew Helt
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
[W]hat counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
~Dwight Eisenhower, address to Republican National Committee, 31 January 1958, also sometimes attributed to Mark Twain (unverified)
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.
No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.