• Lisa Edwards

95 of the Best Positive Thinking Quotes to Inspire a Positive Mind-Set




Positive thinking is often misunderstood. Some see it as a way of covering up our true feelings, not dealing with the negative things that life can sometimes throw at us. But Positive thinking is not about pretending that everything is okay when it is not. Being a positive thinker is a change of mind-set. It’s looking for solutions instead of focusing on the problems. It’s finding the good in a bad situation. It’s learning the lessons and being able to move on. It’s letting go of the past and living in the moment. It’s setting goals. It’s self-belief, It’s self-improvement, It’s self-love and self-care. It’s becoming the best person you can be.


The more I learn about positive thinking and the impact it has on our lives, the more I think it should be taught in schools. How many people do not reach their potential because they didn’t believe in themselves? How can children (and adults) learn to believe in themselves if they have no positive thinking role models?


There are lots of books out there on Positive Thinking including my Positive Thinking for Beginners which I wrote as an easy read starters guide. If you want to make changes in your life, I can’t recommend a better way than adopting a positive mind-set. The small changes you make (I’m big on taking baby-steps) will very quickly get you results, the more you see the results the easier it is to make bigger changes.


To help me on my Positive Thinking journey I would find different positive quotes that resonated with me, print them or copy them out and pin them up around my bathroom mirror, or on the back of my bedroom door, anywhere where I would see them every day. As my journey continued, I changed the quotes to be relevant to what I was going through or what I needed to work on at that time.



Here are 95 Positive Thinking Quotes, see which ones resonate with you, is there a particular aspect of life you want to work on?





1. “Positive thinking is more than a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only make me better, but it makes those around me better.” - Harvey Mackay

2. “Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters.” - Robert Greene

3. “Frame your mind to mirth and merriment which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” - William Shakespeare



4. “Of the 35000 decisions you make each day, how many are positive? Negative? Fear based? Love based?” - Maxime Lagace

5. “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” - William James

6. “There is a direct correlation between positive energy and positive results.” - Joe Rogan

7. “Think the thought until you believe it, and once you believe it, it is.” - Abraham Hicks

8. “You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” - Marcus Aurelius

9. “Optimism is joyful searching; pessimism is a prison of fear and a clutching at illusionary safety.” - Kathleen A. Brehony

10. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour.” - Henry David Thoreau





11. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Winston Churchill

12. “Staying positive doesn't mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days you know that there are better ones coming.” - Unknown

13. “I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments.” - Roger Federer

14. “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha

15. “When we are positive in our outlook and orientation, we tend to attract positive people and positive events and circumstances.” – Rhonda Byrne

16. “Positivity always wins... Always.” - Gary Vaynerchuk

17. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” - Zig Ziglar

18. “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” - Benjamin Disraeli

19. “If you realised how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought again.” - Peace Pilgrim

20. “Affirm the positive, visualise the positive and expect the positive, and your life will change accordingly.” - Remez Sasson




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

22. “Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal power comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.” - Norman Vincent Peale

23. “People like to be around those who give off positive energy.” - Erin Heatherton

24. “Keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

25. “Never underestimate the power of thought; it is the greatest path to discovery.” - Idowu Koyenikan

26. “Don't find fault - find a remedy.” - Tony Robbins

27. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill

28. “Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” – Unknown

29. “If you woke up each morning, and immediately dwelt on your ills, what sort of day could you look forward to?” - Maeve Binchy

30. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” - Willie Nelson





31. “Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time but, accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment.” – Unknown

32. “Positive thinking helps you stand back up again when you are knocked down by bad luck or negativity.” - Tom Laurie

33. “There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out.” - Hillary Clinton

34. “When you have a positive mindset, you can't be defeated. No matter what comes your way, shake it off and move forward.” - Joel Osteen

35. “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where you thoughts take you.” - James Allen

36. “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” - Mary Lou Retton

37. “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” - Mark Twain

38. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” - Norman Vincent Peale

39. “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It’s what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

40. “It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” - Muhammad Ali





41. “The real battle is taking place in your mind. What you are dwelling on, that's what you are attracting. Have a positive mindset.” - Joel Osteen

42. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

43. “To attract positive energy into your life, be positive in thoughts and action.” - Anil Sinha

44. “Wake up, smile and tell yourself ‘Today is My Day’.” – Unknown

45. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” - Dr Robert Anthony

46. “Positive thoughts lead to positive feelings, which in turn lead to positive actions.” – Lisa Edwards

47. “Start each day with a positive thought and a greatful heart.” - Roy T Bennett

48. “The energy you put out comes back to you.” - Eckhart Tolle

49. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope or confidence.” - Helen Keller

50. “People who accomplish great things are aware of the negative, however they give all their mental energy to the positive.” – Unknown





51. “A positive thinker does not refuse to recognise the negative, he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions.” - Norman Vincent Peale

52. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” - Michael Jordan

53. “Love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. And light is more powerful than dark.” - Joe Biden

54. “I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” - Anne Frank

55. “Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on it.” – Unknown

56. “The more you worry, the more likely something will go wrong. Saying positive statements – such as “I’m prepared’, “I’m strong”, “I have control” – help trigger the right response in the body rather than the “uh oh” responses.” - Fred Newton

57. “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” - William Shakespeare

58. “Positive thinking is a valuable tool that can help you overcome obstacles, deal with pain and reach new goals.” - Amy Morris

59. “It’s a choice to notice what is wrong or what is right in the day. Make today a wonderful choice.” – R.P

60. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” - Dalai Lama




61. “When you fill your life with positive thoughts and feelings, you'll find that guilt, resentment and any negative feelings will leave you.” - Rhonda Byrne

62. “When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.” - Harvey Mackay

63. “You must master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” - Marianne Williamson

64. “Think continually about what you want, not about the things you fear.” - Brian Tracy

65. “Let's make positivity louder. “- Gary Vaynerchuk

66. “Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” - Mahatma Gandhi

67. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and the shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman

68. “Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

69. “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.” – Buddha

70. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” - Christopher Reeve




71. “She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons they did.” - Zelda Fitzgerald

72. “Stay away from negative people – They have a problem for every solution.” - Albert Einstein

73. “What we think about, we become.” – Buddha

74. “You positivity can become a castle around you which will protect you from the arrow of negativity.” - Gurudev Chitrabhanu

75. “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” - Anthony J. D'Angelo

76. “Reflect upon your present blessings... of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” - Charles Dickens

77. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” - Brian Tracy

78. “It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” - W. Somerset Maugham

79. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” - Albert Einstein





80. “Think of yourself on the threshold of success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you.” – Andrew Carnegie

81. “If you always have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams a you will always look lovely. “- Roald Dahl

82. “Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough.” - Richard M. DeVos

83. “Hope is a positive expectation that something good is going to happen.” - Joyce Meyer

84. “Be mindful, be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” - Roy T Bennett

85. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” - Robin Sharma

86. “If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise it's not.” - Elon Musk

87. “It feels wonderful to wake up each day with positive thoughts and a mind free of tensions and worries. Have a good day!” – Unknown

88. “It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you.” - Leon Brown

89. “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



90. “In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.” - Daniel L. Reardon

91. “Positive thinking and visualising my success were my keys to doing well.” - Robert T. Kiyosaki

92. “Every thought we think is creating our future.” - Louise L Hay

93. “We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” - Margaret Mead

94. “Wake up, smile and tell yourself ‘Today is My Day’.” - Unknown

95. “Not to spoil the ending… but everything is going to be okay.” – Unknown



If any of these quotes jump out and speaks to you in some way, listen to what it’s trying to tell you. Print it out and place it where you can see it every day, I’ve know people to put them on the fridge, the back of the front door, so they read it just before they set off for their day at work, screen saver on their phone or computer, bathroom mirror and even the back of the toilet door.



Which quote has inspired you? And if I’ve missed your favourite positive thinking quote, let me know so I can add it in next time.




2016 Positive Thinking for Beginners