Attitude (quotes)


What is attitude?


Attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about something


Your attitude determines the meaning you attach to events and how you feel about them

  • The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.  Antoine de Saint- Exupery
  • Your attitudes and values are the lenses through which we see and interpret our real world to others.  John W. Harold
  • Life is the movie you see through your own unique eyes. It makes little difference what’s happening out there. It’s how you take it that counts.  Denis Waitley
  • What’s happening is merely what’s happening. How you feel about it is another matter.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • MeaningAssigning positive meaning to events in life

You have control over your attitude


Your attitude is the one sure thing you have control over…

  • The only thing over which you have complete control is your own mental attitude.   Napoleon Hill
  • You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.  Brian Tracy
  • Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a positive mental attitude – your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.  Napoleon Hill
  • Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  Viktor E. Frankl
  • I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one’s own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation.  The Dalai Lama
  • I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.  Wayne Dyer
  • Don’t fight the reality that now exists in your life. Once we accept that we can’t control the external events, people, and circumstances in our lives, we also see what we can control: our attitude, how we embrace change, and our reactions to change.  Ariane de Bonvoisin
  • We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  Charles R. Swindoll
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… for, while you can’t always control what happens to you, you can choose your attitude to what happens

  • We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.  John Maxwell
  • I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.  Judith M. Knowlton
  • I believe your attitude is the most important choice you can make.  Lou Holtz
  • We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude.  Alfred A. Montapert
  • Don’t give up your power to change things. Negativity and unhappiness are caused by you. You can change your attitude. Swami Satchidananda
  • You cannot change your circumstances, but your attitudes you can change. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You are responsible only for what you can change. All you can change is only your attitude.  There lies your responsibility. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • No matter what, we always have the power to choose hope over despair, engagement over apathy, kindness over indifference, enthusiasm over lethargy, love over hate. This is our true freedom. Whatever life may throw at us, we have the freedom and ability to choose our attitude. And I believe it is in those moments of choice that we manifest our destiny.  Cory Booker
  • The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  Charles R. Swindoll
  • The attitude that I have toward any experience is a choice. I create my reality through the lens of my perception.  Dr. Darren R. Weissman
  • The happiness you are seeking is not to be found in the flow of life, but in your attitude toward whatever life brings.  Ramesh S. Balsekar
  • Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what other people think or say or do. It is more than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  Chuck Swindoll
  • The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  Charles R. Swindoll
  • We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us – how we can take it, what we do with it – and that is what really counts in the end.  Joseph Fort Newton
  • I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 96% how I react to it.  Scipio Africanus
  • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.  John C. Maxwell
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If you can’t change something, change your attitude about it

  • If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.  Amy Tan
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.  Maya Angelou
  • The world does not have to change…. The only thing that has to change is our attitude.  Gerald Jampolsky
  • If you can’t change it … change the way you think about it.  Mary Engelbreit

The power of a positive attitude


Your attitude determines your quality of living far more than the actual things that happen to you

  • Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.  Kahlil Gibran
  • You can’t tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise.   Zig Ziglar
  • Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.  Charles R. Swindoll
  • What is important to you is not so much the circumstances of your life as your attitude toward them.   Ernest C Wilson
  • What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life.  Lewis L Dunnington
  • Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.  Joel Osteen
  • It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.  Frederick W. Robertson
  • 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.  John Homer Miller
  • The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent of how I react to it. And so it is with you. we are in charge of our attitudes.  Charles R. Swindoll
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By changing your inner attitude, you can change the outside aspects of your life …

  • Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  Katherine Mansfield
  • Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.  William James
  • Man can change his life simply by changing his attitude.  William James
  • Outer changes always begin with an inner change of attitude.  Albert Einstein
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.  William James
  • Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.  Earl Nightingale
  • Remember my friend that it is not what happens that counts, it is how you react to them. Your mental attitude determines what you make of it, either a stepping stone or a stumbling block.  Bruce Lee

… for your world is an outer mirror of your inner attitude

  • There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values.  David G. Myers
  • The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will benegative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results.   Michael LeBeuf
  • When we create something, we always create it first in a thought form. If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations.  Shakti Gawain
  • Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.  Earl Nightingale
  • It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.  Swami Vivekananda
  • When you look at the world in a narrow way, how narrow it seems!  When you look at it in a mean way, how mean it is!  When you look at it selfishly, how selfish it is!  But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly spirit, what wonderful people you find in it.  Horace Rutledge
  • The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.  Raymond Charles Barker
  • Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitude and expectations.  If we feel that our environment could stand some improvement, we can bring about that change for the better by improving our attitude.  The world plays no favorites.  It’s impersonal.  It doesn’t care who succeeds and who fails.  Nor does it care if we change.  Our attitude toward life doesn’t affect the world and the people in it nearly as much as it affects us.  Earl Nightingale
  • Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.  Wayne Dyer
  • How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.  Parks Cousins
  • Our personal dispositions are as windowpanes through which we see the world either as rosy or dull. The way we color the glasses we wear is the way the world seems to us.  Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
  • Beauty – in projection and perceiving – is 99.9% attitude.  Grey Livingston
  • Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.  Allen Klein
  • Life is a mirror to what is inside us

Your attitude greatly impacts on all areas of your life

  • Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.  Irving Berlin
  • People’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends upon their attitude… a person’s attitude will create the situation he or she imagines.   James Lane Allen
  • The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Charles R. Swindoll
  • A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.  Earl Nightingale
  • A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.  Patricia Neal
  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  Winston Churchill
  • 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. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company . . . a church . . . a home.  Charles R. Swindoll

Your attitude influences your happiness …

  • Happiness is a present attitude and not a future condition.  Hugh Prather
  • A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.  Hugh Downs
  • Happiness comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.  The Dalai Lama
  • The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.  The Dalai Lama
  • The happiness you are seeking is not to be found in the flow of life, but in your attitude toward whatever life brings. Ramesh S. Balsekar
  • The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.   The Dalai Lama
  • Whatever your condition, you can be happy if you have the right attitude.   Al Koran
  • The central method for achieving a happier life is to train your mind in a daily practice that weakens negative attitudes and strengthens positive ones.  The Dalai Lama
  • Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way, we see them.   Leo Tolstoy
  • Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. Dr. Hans Selye
  • Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.  J. Donald Walters
  • Joy is an attitude; it is the presence of love – for self and others. It comes from a feeling of inner peace, the ability to give and receive, and appreciation of the self and others. It is a state of gratitude and compassion, a feeling of connection to your higher self.  Sanaya Roman
  • Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.  Dale Carnegie
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… and your unhappiness

  • The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition, and not our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.  Martha Washington
  • The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.  John Milton
  • Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.  Francesca Reigler
  • Attitudes may make you either a happy or an unhappy person.  Of course, the inevitabilities of life can bring problems, troubles, and sadnesss to us all, but if your glass remains half full, your attitudes can help you triumph over those times.  John Marks Templeton
  • I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.  Alexander Von Humboldt
  • The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.  Dennis S. Brown
  • Attitude is the mind’s paint brush. It can colour a situation gloomy or grey, or cheerful and gay.  Mary C. Crowley
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Your attitude influences your success in realising your dreams and goals …

  • Definiteness of purpose with positive mental attitude is the starting point of all worthwhile achievement.  Napoleon Hill
  • For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.  Harry F Banks
  • Is it any coincidence then that the most incredibly successful people have the most confident and positive attitudes? Many people think that positive attitude is a by-product of having achieved wealth and success. In my experience, I have found that this attitude was more often the reason for and not the result of success.  Mark A. Crouch
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.  William James
  • It’s your attitude, not just your aptitude, that determines your ultimate altitude.  Zig Ziglar
  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.  Thomas Jefferson
  • Nothing constructive and worthy of man’s efforts ever has or ever will be achieved except by that which comes from a positive mental attitude, based on a definiteness of purpose and activated by a burning desire, and acted upon until the burning desire is elevated to the level of applied faith.  Napoleon Hill
  • Nothing on earth can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.  Thomas Jefferson
  • Success in life isn’t only for the gifted or the privileged or those with a high IQ. Success is totally dependent on three things: persistence, determination and a positive mental attitude.  Denis Waitley
  • Success is achieved and maintained by those who keep trying with positive mental attitude. What you try for is up to you.  W. Clement Stone
  • The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success.  Denis Waitley
  • Virtually nothing on earth can stop a person with a positive attitude who has his goal clearly in sight.  Denis Waitley
  • Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.   W C Fields
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… and your failure too

  • We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude.  Alfred A. Montapert
  • Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failures.  Norman Vincent Peale
  • I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life’s endeavours. Your attitude– your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people– determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself.  Carolyn Warner
  • Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity.  Successful people act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something.  Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.  Dupree Jordan
  • Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.  Napoleon Hill
  • Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.  Norman Vincent Peale
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Your attitude effects the quality of the actions you take and work you do

  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz
  • The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude – right attitudes provide right actions.  William J Johnston
  • Work is either fun or drudgery.  It depends on your attitude.  I like fun.  Colleen C. Barrett
  • There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.  William J. Bennett
  • Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.  Federico Fellini
  • Your positive mental attitude is the basis for the way you act and react to people. ‘You become what you think about’ is the foundation of your actions and reactions.   Jeffrey Gitomer
  • How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.  David Joseph Schwartz
  • A willing heart adds feather to the heel.  Joanna Baillie
  • Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.   Pat Riley
  • If you wish to work properly, you should never lose sight of two great principles:  first, a profound respect for the work undertaken, and second, a complete indifference to its fruits.  Thus, only can you work with the proper attitude.  Brahmananda
  • The fine points that are uncovered in our work as a result of close study, diligent care, constant application and always trying to improve our methods represent the best and most valuable knowledge we get in business-and the sum total of that attentive attitude is what we call skill.  Wallace Stevens
  • Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.  Lou Holtz
  • A man of 25 has before him some 100,000 working hours should he retire at 65. How many of your working hours will be alive with the magnificent force of positive mental attitude? And how many of them will have the life knocked out of them with the stunning blows of negative mental attitude?  W. Clement Stone
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Your attitude impacts your ability to solve problems and overcome obstacles

  • How you look at a situation is very important, for how you think about a problem may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. When you get discouraged or depressed, try changing your attitude from negative to positive and see how life can change for you. Remember, your attitude toward a situation can help you to change it — you create the very atmosphere for defeat or victory.  Franco Harris
  • Sometimes solving a problem requires a shift in attitude or perspective.  Could you help solve this problem by changing your attitude?  Anthony Lambert
  • So many people fail to eliminate their problems because they attempt to solve them with the same mental attitude that created their problems in the first place.  Negative thinking never gives birth to positive solutions and results.  Edmond Mbiaka
  • The problem is not the problem.  The problem is your attitude about the problem.  Captain Jack Sparrow
  • There can only be one solution to any problem: a change in attitude and in consciousness.  Gregg Braden
  • What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity?  Our attitude toward it.  Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.  Sidlow Baxter
  • Your problem isn’t the problem, it’s your attitude about the problem.  Ann Brashares
  • So, you’ve got a problem? That’s good! Why? Because repeated victories over your problems are the rungs on your ladder of success. With each victory, you grow in wisdom, stature and experience. You become a better, bigger, more successful person each time you meet a problem and tackle and conquer it with a positive mental attitude.  W. Clement Stone
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Your attitude determines your future

  • The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.  Oprah Winfrey
  • Our mental attitude is the x factor that determines our fate.  Dale Carnegie
  • You can begin to shape your own destiny by the attitude that you keep.  Dr Michael Beckwith
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Your attitude impacts your attractiveness and charm

  • Attitudes and beliefs eventually sculpt the face.  Che Garman
  • Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it’s looks, most women know otherwise.  Kathleen Turner
  • Charm is an innate quality of mind and heart, and an expression of a beautiful attitude toward life. Courtesy can be cultivated, but charm is largely an unconscious possession.  Grenville Kleiser
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Your attitude impacts your character

  • Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.  Elbert Hubbard
  • The best way to define a man’s character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt most deeply and intensely active and alive.  William James
  • Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.  Albert Einstein
  • What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny.   Anaïs Nin
  • I am responsible.  Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.  Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character.  Walter Anderson
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Your attitude effects the attitude of those around you

  • Attitudes are contagious.  Are yours worth catching?   Dennis and Wendy Mannering
  • Ask yourself a question: Is my attitude worth catching?   Zig Ziglar
  • Others’ attitudes rub off on us, and it’s impossible to maintain an upbeat, affirmative attitude if you are constantly around people who are the opposite.  David L Preston
  • We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.  Elbert Hubbard
  • The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude.  If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find theses unlovely traits echoed all about you.  But if you are on your best behaviour, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours.  Beatrice Vincent
  • A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.  Tom Stoppard

Having a negative attitude comes at a heavy price

  • The only disability in life is a bad attitude.  Scott Hamilton
  • You must start with a positive attitude or you will surely end without one.  Carrie Latet
  • It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.  Lena Horne
  • Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.  Thomas Jefferson
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Change your attitude by changing your beliefs


Your attitudes are an expression of your beliefs, values and expectations

  • Your ‘attitude’ is the costume your subconscious mind makes you wear, based on your beliefs.  Che Garman
  • Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.   Brian Tracy
  • Our negative thoughts are valuable messages to us about our deeper fears and negative attitudes.  These usually are so basic to our thinking and feeling that we don’t realize they are beliefs at all.  We assume that they are simply “the way life is.”  We may be consciously affirming and visualizing prosperity, but if our unconscious belief is that we don’t deserve it, then we won’t create it. Once we become aware of our core negative beliefs, they begin to heal.  Shakti Gawain
  • The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs.  Michael LeBeuf
  • Success is an attitude that comes from a framework of powerful beliefs and empowering thoughts.  Because what you think and believe about your life largely determines how you feel (your attitude), what actions you take (your behavior), and what you achieve (the end result.)   Marc and Angel Chernoff
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Take responsibility for your attitude

  • The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.   John Maxwell
  • When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes, and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances.  Stephen Covey
  • Take charge of your attitude.  Don’t let someone else choose it for you.  Dale Carnegie
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Change your attitude by changing your beliefs

  • An extremely important part of our work toward emotional growth and change will come from examining our belief systems regarding all areas of life.  To gain the courage to be yourself, you need to address the beliefs that are keeping you stuck where you are.  What beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes are you holding onto even though they no longer enhance your life?  It is possible to free yourself from worn-out beliefs and acquire ones that bring happiness, strength, and self-esteem.  What we believe we may become.  Sue Patton Thoele
  • That’s when I learned that you don’t have to be saddled for life with mental attitudes you adopted in childhood.  All of us are free to change our minds, and as we change our minds, our experiences will also change.  M J Ryan
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Change your attitude by changing your paradigms

  • If we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can focus on our attitudes and behaviours. But if we want to make significant quantum changes, we need to work on our basic paradigms—the way we view ourselves and the world around us.  Stephen Covey
  • Our paradigms, correct or incorrect, are the sources of our attitudes and behaviours, and ultimately our relationships with others.  Stephen Covey
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Change your attitude by changing your assumptions

  • We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviours grow out of these assumptions.  Stephen Covey
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Change your attitude by changing your self talk

  • The single most influential force that controls your attitudes, beliefs, capabilities and emotions is repetition – the words you silently use, over and over again, in your internal dialogue with yourself.  Napoleon Hill
  • Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.  Norman Vincent Peale
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Cultivate a positive attitude


Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired

  • Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.  John C. Maxwell
  • Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized.  Paul Myer
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Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

  • Gratefulness is not just a feeling. It is also an attitude, a chosen posture toward life that says, “I will be grateful in all circumstances.”   Robert Emmons
  • Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important, and by far the most life changing.  Zig Ziglar
  • An attitude of gratitude brings great things.  Yogi Bhajan
  • An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.   Sir John Templeton
  • Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.  Brian Tracy
  • To be grateful is to find blessings in everything, This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.  Alan Cohen
  • It is a law of life, and an inexorable principle, that if we develop an attitude of gratitude our happiness will increase.  John Marks Templeton
  • Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well- being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.  Travis Bradberry
  • The particular beauty of an attitude of gratitude is that it instantly connects us to everything else.  In an important way, it is a recognition of the connection, the switch, between us and the rest of life.  And consciously recognizing it opens the flow:  the more grateful we are, the more of an abundant sense of life we will experience.  M.J. Ryan
  • Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.  Brian Tracy
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Cultivate a positive, optimistic attitude …

  • There is always something beautiful to be found if you will look for it.  Concentrate your thoughts on the good, beautiful and true things of life rather than the reverse.  This positive, loving attitude of mind toward life and people will help you to perceive the presence of God active in your life, helping you to wonderfully utilize your vital life force and put into operation the divine magic that opens all doors.  Rebecca Clark
  • Be conscious of your attitude. Work extra hard at keeping your attitude positive in all kinds of weather, through all the challenges of life. Catherine Pulsifer
  • When you have vision, it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.  Charles R. Swindoll
  • When you practice thinking and responding optimistically most of the time, this positive attitude soon becomes a conditioned response. You will eventually find yourself reacting and responding positively and optimistically all-day long.  Brian Tracy
  • A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.  Patricia Neal
  • Adopt a positive attitude to yourself.   A bad attitude is merely a reflection of how you feel about yourself.  David Roppo
  • The most readily identifiable quality of a total winner is an attitude of personal optimism and enthusiasm.  Denis Waitley
  • There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.  W. Clement Stone
  • A positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude. What is the right mental attitude? It is most often comprised of the “plus” characteristics symbolized by such words as faith, integrity, hope, optimism, courage, initiative, generosity, tolerance, tact, kindliness, and good common sense. A person with positive mental attitude aims for high goals and constantly strives to achieve them.  Napoleon Hill
  • Above all, you must maintain a positive mental attitude, looking for the good in every situation, and remain determined to be a completely positive person.  Brian Tracy
  • Attitude precedes service. Your positive mental attitude is the basis for the way you act and react to people. ‘You become what you think about’ is the foundation of your actions and reactions. What are your thoughts? Positive all the time? How are you guiding them?  Jeffrey Gitomer
  • Two or more people actively engaged in the pursuit of a definite purpose with a positive mental attitude, constitute an unbeatable force.  Napoleon Hill
  • The secret is contained in a three-part formula I learned in the gym: self-confidence, a positive mental attitude, and honest hard work.  Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude – your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.  Napoleon Hill
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… especially in the face of adversity and disappointment

  • With every adversity, there is a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit for those who are motivated with positive mental attitude to become achievers.  Napoleon Hill
  • You can profit by disappointment – if it is turned into inspirational dissatisfaction with a positive mental attitude.  W. Clement Stone
  • ‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.  Voltaire
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  Oscar Wilde
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Cultivate a loving, kind attitude towards yourself and others

  • I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.  The Dalai Lama
  • Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.  J. Isham
  • Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.  C. Neil Strait
  • A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people. Bessie Head
  • Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.  The Dalai Lama
  • Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.  William James
  • You can develop the right attitude toward others if you have kindness, love and respect for them, and a clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.   The Dalai Lama
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Cultivate an attitude of forgiveness

  • Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Forgive Yourself.  We tend to be our own worst critics which makes self-forgiveness something that is easier said than done.  It involves an attitude of openness, self-acceptance, letting go of anger, and a belief in one’s own worth and goodness.   Dr. Tracy Ochester
  • Forgiveness is not a set of behaviours, but an attitude. Joan Borysenko
  • True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.  David Ridge
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Cultivate an attitude of compassion

  • A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.  The Dalai Lama
  • Compassionate curiosity is the attitude most of us, depressed or not, need to apply to ourselves as well.  Curiosity suggests a little cool detachment from the emotional heat, a desire to understand objectively why we feel what we feel, why we do what we do—especially when it’s troublesome or self-defeating.  Richard O’Connor
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Cultivate an attitude of non-judgement

  • Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Meditation means cultivating a non- judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • What many people don’t realize is that we can change our attitudes towards life.  It takes some work, but it can be done.  The more we accept other people and their faults and quirks, the less judgmental we become. The more we decide to share the goodness that’s within us, the less selfish we become, and the less likely we are to hoard or hang on to material things.  The more we learn about other people’s emotional or physical problems, the more understanding and compassionate we become.  Your attitude is one of your gifts to the world, all day, every day.  What kind of gift do you give?  And is it a gift that remains steady no matter what happens to you?  Tom Walsh
  • Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.  Paul Valéry
  • Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, fault-finding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.  Joyce Meyer
  • Letting go of the need to judge

Cultivate an attitude of creativity

  • Creativity is an attitude that transcends paradigms and beliefs. It’s a soul level yearning to fulfil a purpose, uniquely contribute and leave a mark. Janice Francisco
  • If you want to be more creative, believe you are creative.  The worlds of thought and action overlap.  Believe in the worth of your ideas and have the persistence to continue building on them.  With this attitude, you take more risks and break the rules occasionally.  Roger von Oech
  • Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things.  Osho
  • A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.  Willa Cather
  • As we transcend our past in the things we do, we also become who we can be. Thus, creativity is those attitudes by which we fulfil ourselves.   John G. Young
  • The difference is that of attitude. But that difference determines who gets ideas and who does not. An apathetic or hostile attitude is the enemy of creative thought. Ideas, like people, flourish when they are welcomed and embraced.  Barbara J. Winter
  • Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.   Thomas Troward
  • Each of you has an “artist” and a “judge” within you.  The open-minded attitude of the artist typifies the kind of thinking you use in the imaginative phase when you’re generating ideas.  The evaluative outlook of the judge represents the kind of thinking you use in the practical phase when you’re preparing ideas for execution.  I recommend that you avoid bringing in the judge before your artist has had a chance to do her job.  Premature evaluation can prevent conception.  Roger von Oech
  • CreativityCreative expression

Cultivate an attitude of play

  • The difference between work and play is only a matter of attitude.  Work, fully done, is play.  Gerald G. May
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Cultivate an attitude of abundance

  • Abundance is a state of mind, but when felt within our hearts; we open the door to receive the gifts of heaven. Abundance is our Soul’s natural state, and the only thing that stops its flow is our beliefs. When we accept that we are worthy of all the wonderful things in heaven and earth, we open the door for their arrival.  Carolyn Greenleaf
  • Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.  Sue Patton Thoele
  • Abundance is not a situation – it is an attitude.  Alan Cohen
  • Wealth consciousness is a state of mind, a sense, not of believing, but really knowing that what we need is available to us.  Richard Carlson
  • Both poverty and riches are the result of a state of mind, and this change in thinking must happen before anything else happens.  Brian Tracy
  • Money can flow into your experience through endless avenues. It is not the choice of the craft that limits the money that flows, but only your attitude toward money.  Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • The word prosperity comes from the Latin root which literally translates “according to hope” or “to go forward hopefully.” Thus, it is not so much a condition in life as it is an attitude toward life.  Prosperity is a way of living and thinking—not just money or things.  Poverty is a way of living and thinking—not just a lack of money or things.  Eric Butterworth
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Cultivate an attitude of believing it can be done

  • You can adopt the attitude there is nothing you can do, or you can see the challenge as your call to action. Catherine Pulsifer
  • Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.  Richard Bach
  • This country wasn’t built on cynicism. It was built on a can-do attitude. One shouldn’t complain about the way things are unless one is willing to try to make a difference.  Frankie Sue Del Papa
  • We can be negative and cynical or we can be charged and hot-wired to find a way through it, over it, around it under it.  Laura Schlessinger
  • Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.  Robert Foster Bennett
  • Achievers have a can-do attitude that sets them apart from mere dreamers. Achievers are sold out to success-no matter the obstacles-and they are willing to put forth the effort and pay the price of success.  Jim Rohn
  • PossibilityBelief

Cultivate an attitude of self-belief

  • The mind, properly controlled, can do just about everything. You can think your way through adversity, you can think your way through problems. It is a super powerful instrument which so few use to maximum. And if the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.  Norman Vincent Peale
  • When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.   Charles R. Swindoll
  • I am the luckiest girl in the world. I learned that if I just keep a positive mental attitude, that I can go out there and do whatever I hope I can do. It’s all mental in getting out there, and having confidence in myself, and having strength and knowing I can do it.  Missy Franklin
  • Self-belief

Cultivate an attitude of excellence

  • Excellence is not a skill.  It is an attitude.  Ralph Marston
  • If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.  Colin Powell
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Cultivate an attitude of adventure

  • Adventure begins with you, personally.  It is in the way you look at things.  It is the mental stance you take as you face your day.  It is finding magic in things.  It is talking with people and discovering their inner goodness.  It is the thrill of feeling a part of the life around you.  The attitude of adventure will open things up for you.  The world will become alive with new zest and meaning.  You’ll become more aware of the beauty everywhere.  Nothing will seem unimportant.  Everything will be revealed as having pattern and purpose.  Wilferd A. Peterson
  • An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  G. K. Chesterton
  • Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life – facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential.   John Amatt
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Cultivate an attitude of authenticity and passion

  • Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.  William James
  • PassionAuthenticity

Cultivate an attitude of loving and accepting yourself

  • A bad attitude is merely a reflection of how you feel about yourself.   David Roppo
  • There is nothing more detrimental to your ability to positively attract than a negative attitude toward yourself. Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.  Arlene Raven
  • Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.  Wilferd A. Peterson
  • Self-loveSelf-acceptance

Cultivate an attitude of trust

  • A person who inspires confidence is one who carries a fine attitude. Wholesome attitude radiates trust, and trust is that quality of life that is fundamental in dependability, and dependability is more to be desired than a brilliant mind.  Joseph Quinney, Jr.
  • Linguistically, surrender means surrender to somebody, but spiritually surrender simply means trust, relaxing. It is an attitude rather than an act, you live through trust.  Osho
  • Trust in God,  Trust

Cultivate an attitude of humour

  • Among attitudes especially helpful in the attempt at self-discovery is a sense of humor. One who cultivates this attitude may often see himself as others do; and instead of seeing everything with the false halo of egotism, is able to look at certain experiences and mental attitudes as if they were in another individual.  William H. Burnham
  • Make sure you laugh at least once a day. Laughter opens you up to let life’s experiences flow through you. If you are not laughing regularly you may be suffering from humorrhoids – hardened attitudes which may actually lower your laugh expectancy.  Swammi Beyondananda
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Cultivate an attitude of expectation

  • An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.  Brian Tracy
  • Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations–plus or minus–it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.  Norman Cousins
  • Expectation

Cultivate an attitude of respect

  • Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.  Jane Addams
  • Reverence is an emotion that we can nurture in our very young children, respect is an attitude that we instil in our children as they become school-agers, and responsibility is an act that we inspire in our children as they grow through the middle years and become adolescents.  Zoe Weil
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Cultivate a kind attitude to pain

  • The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.  M. Scott Peck
  • Bring an attitude of kindness toward the pain sensations, even though they may be unpleasant. Your body isn’t purposefully making you suffer. Treat it as you’d treat a child in pain.  Toni Bernhard, J.D.
  • Kindness and gentleness are crucial. Treat pain as you’d treat an injured loved one. See if you can find a tender attitude of heart.  Vidyamala
  • Notice if you have an attitude toward the pain. Do you hate it, fear it, resent it, blame yourself for it? Can you notice how it is that you feel or think about the pain? Do you feel any accompanying body sensation like a clutching feeling in your gut or vibration in your chest? Notice this reaction, breathe, and let it be there. There is nothing wrong with a reaction.   Susan Smalley
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Cultivate an attitude of calm and peace

  • If an individual has a calm state of mind, that person’s attitudes and views will be calm and tranquil even in the presence of great agitation.  Tenzin Gyatso
  • In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.  Ghandi
  • If we have a positive mental attitude, then even when surrounded by hostility, we shall not lack inner peace.  The Dalai Lama
  • CalmnessPeace

Cultivate an attitude of learning from failure and mistakes

  • Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.  W. Clement Stone
  • FailureMistakesLearning

Cultivate an attitude of curiosity and self-examination

  • If you can approach the world’s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.  Daniel C. Dennett
  • Compassionate curiosity is the attitude most of us, depressed or not, need to apply to ourselves as well.   Richard O’Connor
  • I have found two elements to be the most helpful and most powerful when it comes to awakening. The first is developing a meditative attitude, in which we let go of control on a very deep level and allow everything to be as it is. The second is a serious engagement with our own inherent curiosity and intelligence through meditative self- inquiry.  Adyashanti
  • It will support and deepen your mindfulness to bring an attitude of curiosity, openness, non- judgmental acceptance, and even a kind of friendliness to the things you’re aware of.    Rick Hanson
  • To spark your curiosity and buffer your defensiveness, develop a curious attitude about criticism: “Criticism is information that can help me grow. How can this information help me? What is it the person wants me to know?”  Dr. Hendrie Weisinger
  • In all the work we do, our most valuable asset can be the attitude of self-examination. It is forgivable to make mistakes, but to stand fast behind a wall of self-righteousness and make the same mistake twice is not forgivable.   Dale Turner
  • CuriositySelf-knowledge

Cultivate an attitude of saying yes to life

  • My first word of advice is this, Say yes. In fact, say yes as often as you can. Saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to new experiences, and new experiences will lead to knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times.  Michael Hogan
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Attitudes to avoid


Avoid an attitude of haste and impatience

  • So surely as you find yourself in the mental attitude of haste, just so surely may you know that you are out of the mental attitude of greatness. Hurry and fear will instantly cut your connection with the universal mind.  Wallace D. Wattles
  • The impatient may not always be wrong on issues, but they are almost always wrong in their attitudes.  R. J. Rushdoony
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Avoid an attitude of self-pity

  • Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.  Og Mandino
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Avoid an attitude of complacency

  • Success tends to lock you in a pattern, and you get the attitude, “If it’s not broken, why fix it?”  This attitude prevents you from experimenting and trying other approaches that in the long run may do you a lot more good.  Roger von Oech
  • Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes, and causes a drain in the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they are. The second is rejection of things it as they might be. “Good enough” becomes days today’s watchword and tomorrow standard.  Alex and Brett Harris
  • Complacency

Avoid an attitude of “can’t”

  • The ‘Okay-I’ll-give-it-a-try-but-I-don’t-think-it-will-work’ attitude produces failures.  David J. Schwartz
  • Self-belief

Avoid an attitude of “why me?”

  • The attitude, “Why me?” hints at the little compassion we generally feel for others’ suffering. Our empathy with others, even our awareness of their suffering, is generally minimal. We are much too involved in our own. Were we less self-centred, we’d see that blessings and tragedies visit us all, in equal amounts. Some people respond to their blessings with equanimity, and they quietly remove the sting from their tragedies. We can learn to do both.  Karen Casey

Avoid an attitude of being a victim

  • The victim mentality is characterized by an attitude of blaming and complaining.  Osiris Montenegro
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Avoid an attitude of prejudice

  • There are only two ways to be quite unprejudiced and impartial. One is to be completely ignorant. The other is to be completely indifferent. Bias and prejudice are attitudes to be kept in hand, not attitudes to be avoided.  Charles P. Curtis
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Final thoughts


Leadership is an attitude

  • Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.  Harold S. Geneen
  • Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others.  Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.  It is an attitude, not a routine.  Lance Secretan
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Prayer is an attitude

  • Prayer is not an act of worship merely, the bending of the knee on set occasions, and offering petitions in need. It is an attitude of soul, opening the life on the Godward side, and keeping free communication with the world of spirit.  Hugh Black
  • Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude.  Walter A. Mueller
  • Prayer

Worship is an attitude

  • Worship is an attitude expressed.  Judson Cornwall
  • Worship is not simply an act but an attitude of the soul.
  • Worship

On a lighter note

  • A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  Herm Albright
  • We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.   Zig Ziglar
  • A stiff attitude is one of the phenomena of rigor mortis.  Henry S. Haskins
  • Chivalry: The attitude of a man toward somebody else’s wife.
  • Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude.  My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.
  • I don’t have an attitude. Just a personality you can’t handle.
  • I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.
  • It can be said that a bride’s attitude towards her betrothed can be summed up by three words associated with weddings: Aisle, altar, hymn.
  • Cats are creatures that express a multitude of moods and attitudes.  Karen Brademeyer
  • I don’t have an attitude; I have a personality you can’t handle.
  • Pink is not just a colour, it’s an attitude.
  • The great charm of cats is their rampant egotism, their devil-may care attitude toward responsibility, their disinclination to earn an honest dollar.  Robertson Davies
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