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Attitude



A stiff attitude is one of the
phenomena of rigor mortis.

Henry S. Haskins

Life is a refining process.  Our response to it determines whether we'll be ground down or polished up.  On a piano, one person sits down and plays sonatas, while another merely bangs away at "Chopsticks."  The piano is not responsible.  It's how you touch the keys that makes the difference.  It's how you play what life gives you that determines your joy and shine.      -Barbara Johnson
   

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

   
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
   

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it.  I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.      -Charles F. Kettering

   
The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise.      -Henry David Thoreau
    
Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his or her goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.       -Thomas Jefferson (also attributed to W.W. Ziege)

  
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

   

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.      -Tom Blandi

   
Those people work more wisely who seek to achieve good in their own small corner of the world. . . than those who are forever thinking that life is in vain, unless one can do big things.       -Herbert Butterfield
   

The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives simply by altering their attitude of mind.

William James

Each of us makes our own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which we inhabit.

Fulton J. Sheen

   

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude.      -Katherine Mansfield

   

Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts.  None of us yet know, for none of us have been taught in early youth, what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thoughts, as proof against all adversity.  We may build bright, beautiful memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb, pain make gloomy, or poverty take away from us.  They are houses built without hands, for our souls to live in.       -John Ruskin

   
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
   

If you persuade yourself that you can do a certain thing, provided this thing be possible, you will do it, however difficult it may be.  If, on the contrary, you imagine that you cannot do the simplest thing in the world, it is impossible for you to do it, and molehills become for you unscalable mountains.       -Emile Coue

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One ship drives east and another west,
With the self-same winds that blow;
'Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
That determines where they go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life;
'Tis the set of a soul that decides its goal--
And not the calm or the strife.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   
Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything.  It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts people on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor.  It robs endurance of difficulty, and makes pleasure of duty.      -George Washington Doane
    
Our attitude tells the world what we expect in return.  If it's a cheerful, expectant attitude, it says to everyone with whom we come in contact that we expect the best in our dealings with the world.  You see, we tend to live up to our expectations.  And others give to us, as far as their attitudes are concerned, what we expect.  Our attitude is something we can control.  We can establish our attitude each morning when we start our day--in fact, we do just that, whether or not we realize it.  And the people in our family--all the people in our world--will reflect back to us the attitude we present to them.  It is, then, our attitude toward life that determines life's attitude toward us.  Cause and effect.  Everything we say or do will cause a corresponding effect.  If we're cheerful, glad to be experiencing this miracle of life, others will reflect that good cheer back to us.  We are the kind of people others enjoy being around.       -Earl Nightingale

    

I'll be the first to admit that when I've failed in life, I've caused my own failures.  My attitude hasn't always been a positive one--I've spent quite a lot of time in my life focusing on the negative rather than the positive, the limitations rather than the potential, what I was missing rather than what I had.  I can't tell you when the change occurred, or where, or how. It's been a long process, and one that I've had to keep working at in order to keep it going.  I've learned through reading and watching people and asking questions that my world is what I make it--I've been blessed with many gifts, but it's up to me whether I use them or not.  If I don't, I'm pretty much wasting my time on this planet.      -Tom Walsh
   

Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.      -Sue Patton Thoele

   

    
If you expect nothing, you're apt to be surprised.  You'll get it.       -Malcom Forbes
  
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.  Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.       -John Ruskin
   

Your attitude is your choice.  It always is.  We live in an age that has developed the art of shifting blame to very high levels, and sometimes we get caught up in that same tendency.  "Well, if you had my job you wouldn't be so positive."  "If you had my kids, you wouldn't feel so good."  "If only my boss were different, I could be a positive person."  In other words, "My bad attitude is not my fault!"
   The truth is, however, your attitude and mine are always our choice.  No matter how bad things are, no one can force you to have a bad attitude if you don't want to.  Now that should come as really good news because it says our attitudes don't have to be victims of our circumstances or of other people.  We choose our responses.       -Mary Whelchel

    
  
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.      -Janet Lane
   
Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.       -Eddie Rickenbacker
   
I am happy and content because I think I am.       -Alain-Rene Lesage
   
The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.       -Arlene Raven
    

   
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.       -James Branch Cabell
  
No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.       -Ellen Glasgow
   
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.     -unattributed
  

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