Best Quotations: Attitude Quotations


Anne Frank: Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong. Carl Rogers: If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning. Colleen C. Barrett: Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. Confucius: To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Demosthenes: Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Demosthenes: Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. Edwin H. Friedman: The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech. Ella Williams: Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Eric Hoffer: The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. Frank Lloyd Wright: The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. Helen Keller: When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Henry David Thoreau: Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Henry Ford: If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. also attributed to Mary Kay Ash James A. Froude: You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James Yorke: The most successful people are those who are good at plan B. M. Scott Peck: The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. Marcus Aurelius: If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marian Wright Edelman: You really can change the world if you care enough. Marianne Williamson: And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Martha Washington: The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Maya Lin: To fly, we have to have resistance. Michael Korda: To succeed, we must first believe that we can. Med Yones: When I hire someone new, the most important thing I look for is attitude, everything else can be learned on the job Ralph Waldo Emerson: There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night’s lodging. ‘Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. Richard Bach: Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. Spinoza: Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. Susan J. Bissonette: An optimist is the human personification of spring. Thomas Alva Edison: Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Jefferson: I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Viktor Frankl: We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. William James: The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

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