Positive thinking (quotes)


Your thoughts create your life


Transform your life by changing your thoughts…

  • It is our own thoughts that hold the key to miraculous transformation. Marianne Williamson
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think. Patrick Gentempo
  • If you change your thinking, you change your life. Brian Tracy
  • Everything hangs on one’s thinking. Seneca
  • The man who can control his thought can have and do what he wishes to have and to do; everything is his for the asking. Ernest Holmes
  • There is only one way in which you can ‘change your luck’ and that is by altering your thoughts. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • They are wise whose thoughts are steady and minds serene, unaffected by good and bad. They are awake and free from fear. Buddha
  • The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak. Ralph Charell
  • Your mind is right now filled with old thoughts. Not only old thoughts, but mostly someone else’s old thoughts. It’s important now, it’s time now, to change your mind about some things. This is what evolution is all about. Neale Donald Walsch
  • If you will bring yourself to a more deliberate control of your own thought, you will bring yourself to a more deliberate control of your own life experience. Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. Santosh Kalwar
  • When we direct our thoughts properly, we can control our emotions. Clement Stone
  • Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. Peter McWilliams
  • Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him. James Allen
  • If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. Oprah Winfrey
  • Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much. The Dhammapada
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein
  • You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. Eddie Rickenbacker
  • You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. Dan Millman
  • It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts, and that you can control your moods and thoughts. Stephen Covey
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…for you are what you think about all day long…

  • You are not what you think you are. But, what you think… you are. Norman Vincent Peale
  • A man is what he thinks about all day long. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about. Stephen Richards
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. Buddha
  • Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
  • A man is not what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is. Max R. Hickerson
  • You are what you think about all day. Allen Ginsberg
  • I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. Oprah Winfrey
  • Life consists of what a person is thinking about all day. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. Napoleon Hill

…and your thoughts create your life

  • We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world. Buddha
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. Buddha
  • 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. Gautama Buddha
  • Whatever we believe will happen, will happen. The things that we hold in mind will ultimately come about. Our intention sets our direction. Karl Moore
  • You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. James Allen
  • The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives. Louise Hay
  • The environment you fashion out of your thoughts . . . your beliefs . . . your ideals . . . your philosophy . . . is the only climate you will ever live in. Alfred Montapert
  • A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. James Allen
  • A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it. Marcus Aurelius
  • The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius
  • Creation is always happening. Every time an individual has a thought, or a prolonged, chronic way of thinking, they’re in the creation process. Something is going to manifest out of those thoughts. Michael Beckwith
  • Every thought we think is creating our future. Louise L. Hay
  • Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Soren Kierkegaard
  • What’s going on in the inside shows on the outside. Earl Nightingale
  • Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about. Wayne Dyer
  • We are, every one of us, already creating our lives all the time. The trick is to really take the reigns and steer the horse to where we want to go, rather than where we do not. Your life is a movie written by, directed by, produced by, and starring—you guessed it—YOU! We are all self- made. It is vital that we control our minds in order to re- create our lives. Will Bowen
  • I believe that if you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.  Eddie Rickenbacker

Your thoughts create who you are


We become what we think

  • You become what you think about. Earl Nightingale
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Buddha
  • Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Buddha
  • Our thoughts make us what we are. Dale Carnegie
  • As you think, so shall you become. Bruce Lee
  • What you choose to focus your mind on is critical, because you will become what you think about most of the time. Noel Peebles
  • Beautiful thoughts build a beautiful soul. Wayne Dyer
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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. Gautama Buddha

Plant positive thoughts and weed out negative ones


The way we think is nothing but a habit and can be changed

  • Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think. Martin Seligman
  • Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized. Paul Myer
  • Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Marcus Aurelius
  • As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau
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Your thoughts are like seeds.  Be careful what you plant…

  • Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. James Allen
  • My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flower or weeds. Mel Weldon
  • Nature herself does not distinguish between what seed it receives. It grows whatever seed is planted; this is the way life works. Be mindful of the seeds you plant today, as they will become the crop you harvest. Mary Morrissey
  • Attention is like sunlight and water for a plant. What we pay attention to will grow. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. Bill Meyer
  • Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. Lao Tzu
  • Our minds work like a garden. It is fertile ground that accepts any and everything we plant. Good or evil, constructive or destructive, our lives will bear the fruit of the seeds we plant in our minds. Ivanla Vanzant
  • Life is a garden. It is an opportunity. You can grow weeds, you can grow roses; it all depends on you. Osho
  • Your mind is like rich soil, and if given sufficient time any problem that comes along takes root like a weed, and then you have the trouble of pulling it out; but if you do not give the problem sufficient time to take root, then it has no place to grow and it will whither away. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • You have now learned that the mind is like a fertile garden and for it to flourish, you must nurture it daily. Never let the weeds of impure thought and action take the garden of your mind. Stand guard at the gateway of your mind. Keep it healthy and strong—it will work miracles in your life if you will only let it. Robin Sharma
  • Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. Steve Maraboli
  • Happiness is something we reap from the seeds we sow. Plant misery seeds and that us what you reap. Stephen Richards
  • When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles. Horace Walpole
  • 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. Dorothy Day
  • All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. Abraham Lincoln
  • Your life is your garden, your thoughts are the seeds. If your life isn’t awesome, you’ve been watering the weeds.  Terry Prince
  • Your silent thoughts are like the roots of a plant. They remain hidden in the dark recesses of the earth, but from them stems the whole plant–its life and form, its strength and beauty. From them and through them the plant lives and dies. So, too, your thoughts, although hidden, are your real, vital force. Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • Don’t water your weeds. Harvey Mackay
  • Life is farming

…for positive thoughts feed on themselves. And so do negative ones.

  • There is a basic law that like attracts like. Negative thinking definitely attracts negative results. Conversely, if a person habitually thinks optimistically and hopefully, his positive thinking sets in motion creative forces – and success, instead of eluding him, flows toward him. Norman Vincent Peale
  • You’ll surprise yourself. Optimism is by nature expansive—it opens door after door to what’s possible. Pessimism is just the opposite—it is constrictive. It shuts the door on possibility. If you really want to open up your life and motivate yourself to succeed, become an optimistic thinker. Steve Chandler
  • One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside of people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all. One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-     pity, resentment, and inferiority. The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and compassion.’ The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf wins?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.’ Marci Shimoff
  • If you attack negativity with negativity, you merely feed and inflame the source. It’s always best to take the positive in any conflict. If you geninely love or at least send kind thoughts to a thing, it will change before your eyes. John and Lyn St Clair Thomas
  • Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power. Shirley MacLaine
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Feed your mind with positive thoughts…

  • You’re picky about the car you drive. You’re picky about what you wear. You’re picky about what you put in your mouth. We want you to be pickier about what you think. Abraham-Hicks
  • You should be as careful about what you put into your mind as about what you put into your mouth. Your mind is a machine. When you ingest a piece of information, your mind goes to work, chewing on it, digesting it, and then converting it into a thought. When good stuff goes into your mind, good thoughts emerge. People who maintain purposeful mind diets of positive stimuli think healthy thoughts. Tim Sanders
  • Feed your mind with mental protein, not mental candy. Read, listen to and watch positive, uplifting material. Brian Tracy
  • In my personal experience, positive thinking is the key to health. I believe my own health is shaped by my thoughts the way a sculpture is shaped by its creator. I am very careful about my mind diet and consider myself a healthy- thought nut. Tim Sanders
  • Withdraw only positive thoughts from your memory bank. Let the others fade away. And your confidence, that feeling of being on top of the world, will zoom upward. You take a big step forward toward conquering your fear when you refuse to remember negative, self- deprecating thoughts. David J. Schwartz
  • The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be. Shakti Gawain
  • Nurture your mind with great thoughts. Benjamin Disraeli
  • I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal and soon they’ll forget my number. Edith Armstrong

…knowing that positive, affirming thoughts have tremendous power

  • It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts. Robert H. Schuller
  • It has been proven now scientifically that, an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought. Michael Beckwith
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Guard your mind against negative thoughts…

  • Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts. Buddha
  • No thought lives in your head rent-free. T. Harv Eker
  • Never let a negative thought complete itself in your head. Wayne Dyer
  • Put every negative thought out of your mind once and for all. Ernest Holmes
  • Don’t probe darkness to understand light. Don’t dwell on sickness to be healthy. Don’t indulge in thoughts of lack to have supply. Lester Levensen
  • The only diet that does work is a mental diet—dieting from negative thoughts. Louise L. Hay
  • Just because a thought may be true does not make it necessary. It is only useful if it is useful. Eric Maisel
  • We need to clear our minds of bad thoughts. Paulo Coelho
  • The Master said, If out of the three hundred songs I had to take one phrase to cover all my teachings, I would say ‘Let there be no evil in your thoughts. Confucius
  • We all engage in negative mental activity from time to time, and any isolated set of thoughts probably isn’t going to make much of a difference. The problem is when this type of thinking becomes a habit—so much so that we’re not even aware that we’re doing it. We simply go on practicing, practicing, and practicing some more. The question is, What are we practicing? The answer is unhappiness. Richard Carlson
  • We have a tendency to label everything that happens to us as either “good” or “bad”. In addition, we use the “bad” label anywhere from 3 to 10 times more often than the “good” label. Be generous using the good label, and be extremely stingy using the bad label. If something extreme happens which you can’t get yourself to label as “good”, then, at the very least, stop yourself from labeling it as “bad”.  The “bad” label limits your ability to notice opportunities.  In the moment you can’t really know if something is bad.  The “bad label” makes you experience negative emotions.  Labeling something as “bad” is a waste of time.  Srikumar S. Rao, Ph.D
  • I say “Out” to every negative thought that comes to my mind. No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind. I create my own reality and everyone in it. Louise L. Hay
  • For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction… A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three — the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn’t get you, the others are waiting in the wings. Peter McWilliams
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…by consciously interrogating and rejecting negative thoughts that don’t serve you…

  • If a thought serves you, you keep it. If it doesn’t serve you, you reject it. You say, “Wow, that thought was a whopper! The heck with it.” It is completely on your shoulders to accept or reject your thoughts. Who else is in a position to do that for you? Eric Maisel
  • A negative thought is there for you to scrutinize and to interrogate. How do you interrogate it? By asking, “How does this thought serve me?” The question isn’t whether a thought like “My life sucks” is irrational or unreasonable. The question is whether or not it serves you. That is the measure of any thought you think — does it serve you in your efforts to earn the experience of authenticity? Eric Maisel
  • Look that negative thought squarely in the face and tell it to go; it does not belong to you, and you must know—and stick to it—that you are now free. Ernest Holmes
  • Start to argue against your first line of reasoning. Pretend you’re an attorney whose job is to prove the pessimist in you wrong. Start off on building your case for what’s possible. You’ll surprise yourself. Optimism is by nature expansive—it opens door after door to what’s possible. Pessimism is just the opposite—it is constrictive. It shuts the door on possibility. If you really want to open up your life and motivate yourself to succeed, become an optimistic thinker. Steve Chandler
  • To find your freedom, stand at the doorway of your mind and monitor your thoughts. Notice which ones lift you and which ones drag you down. Then, like a bouncer at an exclusive party, admit only those on the invitation list and send the others back where they came from. Alan Cohen
  • So, how do you get back to heaven? To begin with, just notice the thoughts that take you away from it. You don’t have to believe everything your thoughts tell you. Just become familiar with the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness. It may seem strange at first to get to know yourself in this way but becoming familiar with your stressful thoughts will show you the way home to everything you need. Byron Katie
  • You’ve heard “Don’t believe everything you read.” Here are some useful spinoffs: Don’t believe everything you think. Don’t believe everything you tell yourself. And most especially, don’t believe everything you feel. O.M. Bastet
  • When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts—thoughts that negate your highest idea about a thing—think again! I want you to do this, literally. If you think you are in a doldrum, in a pickle, and no good can come of this, think again. If you think the world is a bad place, filled with negative events, think again. If you think your life is falling apart, and it looks as if you’ll never get it back together again, think again. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Martin Seligman, PhD, is the founder of positive psychology. He refers to the voice of your inner critic as “catastrophic thoughts”. Seligman has a technique to combat these thoughts, which consists of the following three steps: First, you recognize that you’re having a catastrophic thought.  Second, you learn to treat that thought as if it were being said by some third person who’s trying to make your life miserable. Third, you dispute the thought and you marshal evidence against it.  Seligman indicates that if you follow these three steps consistently, gradually you’ll get better and better at neutralizing catastrophic thoughts. That is, you’ll gradually diminish the hold that the inner critic has on you.  Marelisa Fabrega

…for ungaurded negative thoughts can do much harm

  • If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. Peace Pilgrim
  • Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, No one can help you as much.  Dhammapada Gautama Buddha
  • If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive. Bettie Eadie
  • They who seek only faults see nothing else. Proverb
  • The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. Voltaire
  • If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet. Isaac B. Singer
  • When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles. Horace Walpole
  • According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else… J.K. Rowling

Changing beliefs


Changing your negative thinking will require identifying and changing your negative beliefs

  • A belief is only a thought you continue to think. A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability – if you try even a little bit – to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction. Abraham-Hicks
  • Once your subconscious has accepted a belief or idea, wether true or not, it will continually feed you thoughts to support that belief. John Kehoe
  • Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted. Robert Collier
  • Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words.  Your words become your actions. Mahatma Gandhi
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Cognitive therapy (changing thoughts)


Cognitive therapy is a widely respected way to get rid of negative beliefs and thought distortions

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of therapy which works to alter common patterns of negative thinking called cognitive distortions in order to eliminate depression. Numerous studies have shown that CBT is an effective treatment for both depression and anxiety. Nancy Schimelpfening
  • Cognitive psychotherapy boils down to learning the habit of looking for and uprooting self- disturbing thinking whenever you notice you are disturbed. Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
  • When we identify an irrational thought (a cognitive distortion), we change the way we think about an event and thereby change the way we feel. Tal Ben- Shahar
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has two advantages over medication: there are no side effects, and If you can change our unhealthy beliefs and thoughts and replace then with more healthy and realistic beliefs and thoughts, you can therefore change your emotions (anxiety) and hence your behaviour. Nancy Schimelpfening

Mindfulness (letting thought be)


Another approach to combatting negative thoughts is to observe them in a detached way without reacting to them and then to let them go

  • Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe. Buddha
  • I am present as the watcher of my mind – my thoughts, emotions and reactions – without judging or analysing. I feel the still, observing presence within. Eckhart Tolle
  • We may not be able to control the thoughts our mind throws at us, but we can choose to remain conscious and observe these thoughts rather than instantly reacting to them. Tina Su
  • You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.  Dan Millman
  • You don’t have to stay trapped in your thoughts just because you think them. Doug Dillon
  • If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts. Peter McWilliams
  • Be ever so still, all movement is mind – one thought is a cloud, do not stir it about the sky. Rafael Stoneman
  • Your thoughts are nothing but temporary electrical impulses. If you don’t identify them with self (or your story), they cannot harm you. Eckhart Tolle
  • Thought itself is harmless, an empty concept until we fill it with meaning. Wayne Dyer
  • Thoughts are not the problem… it’s the thing that goes out and grabs them and makes them ‘yours’ that’s the problem. Jac O’keeffe
  • Thoughts are just moving through consciousness. They have no power.  Nothing has reality until you reach it, grab it, and somehow impregnate it with the power of belief.  Adyashanti
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This approach relies on your realisation that much of your negative thinking is distorted and you don’t need to take all your thoughts seriously

  • A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years. Byron Katie
  • Don’t believe everything you think. Byron Katie
  • Who told you to believe your thoughts? Why only another thought! Michael Jeffreys
  • It was at this point in my life that I began to realize my mind was nothing but a projection machine. More often than not, what I was thinking had no basis in reality. Kenny Johnson
  • Thinking is something that you do by virtue of being human, and you need not confuse thinking with reality. Wayne Dyer
  • Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts so seriously. Eckhart Tolle
  • Pick and choose which thoughts you wish to react to. We don’t always have to take our thoughts seriously. Wayne Dyer
  • Learn to see negative thoughts as a form of mental static, and you can stop paying so much attention to them. Wayne Dyer
  • Your thoughts are like grooves in a record. They are there from years of conditioning. They are passed on from your parents and others. Pay them no heed. Think of them as neither good not bad. Let go of them. Adyashanti
  • You can alnalyze your negative thoughts – ponder, think through, study, think some more – or you can learn to ignore them – dismiss, pay less attention to, not to take so seriously.  The latter option is infinitively more effective in terms of learning to be more peaceful.  Richard Carlson

A great way to practice this approach is though mindfulness

  • In contrast to traditional techniques of challenging your anxious thoughts, this strategy is based on observing and then letting them go.    Acknowledge and observe your anxious thoughts and feelings. Don’t try to ignore, fight, or control them like you usually would. Instead, simply observe them as if from an outsider’s perspective, without reacting or judging.  2.  Let your worries go. Notice that when you don’t try to control the anxious thoughts that pop up, they soon pass, like clouds moving across the sky. It’s only when you engage your worries that you get stuck.  3.  Stay focused on the present. Pay attention to the way your body feels, the rhythm of your breathing, your ever- changing emotions, and the thoughts that drift across your mind. If you find yourself getting stuck on a particular thought, bring your attention back to the present moment.  Jeanne Segal