Quotes for
the Journey:

Positive Thinking

Nurture great thoughts for you will
never go higher than your thoughts.

Benjamin Disraeli


I am optimistic and confident in all that I do.  I affirm only the best for myself and others.  I am the creator of my life and my world.  I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence.  I fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.        -Alice Potter


All that we do outwardly is but the expression and completion of our inward thought.  To work effectively, we must think clearly; to act nobly, we must think nobly.        -William Ellery Channing

Although many of us probably didn't get a thorough education in the value of a positive attitude, we can teach ourselves.  Simply by making a decision to look for the good, happy, and beautiful in all things and all people, you will have completed the first and most important step in learning to accentuate the positive.       -Sue Patton Thoele

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts . . . take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.        -Marcus Aurelius

You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. . . . Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal.  You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.       -James Allen
Our best friend and our worst enemies are our thoughts.  A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend.  It can also do us more harm than a brick.       -Frank Crane

The life each of us lives is the life within the limits of our own thinking.  To have life more abundant, we must think in limitless terms of abundance.       -Thomas Dreier
I believe that if you think about disaster, you will get it.  Brood about death and you will 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.  This is the sure way to win victories over inner defeat.  It is the way a humble person meets life or death.         -Eddie Rickenbacker
Every morning pull yourself up to your full height and stand tall.  Then think tall--think big, elevated thoughts.  Then go out and act tall.  Do that and joy will flow to you.       -William Danforth
Negative thinking will always lead to failure and nervous prostration; but positive faith--positive thinking--will lead you towards happy, healthy, and abundant living.        -Albert E. Cliffe
Positive thinking is a constant attention to the details that make up an average day—with the knowledge that how you live this moment may reflect on the rest of your life.       -Jason Rogerson
Positive thinking is not always the easiest course of action when confronting difficulties.  If, however, we can remain focused on keeping hope strong and not succumbing to negative influences, we will meet with success in dealing with anything life may throw in our path.        -Hiram Rogers Lloyd
There is a deep tendency in human nature to become precisely what we imagine or picture ourselves to be.  We tend to equate with our own self-appraisal of either depreciation or appreciation.  We ourselves determine either self-limitation or unlimited growth potential. . . . The  positive thinkers constantly send out positive thoughts, together with vital mental images of hope, optimism, and creativity.  They therefore activate the world around them positively and strongly tend to draw back to themselves positive results.  This is a basic law of mind action. . . . The positive principle is based on the fact that there is always an answer, a right answer, and that positive thinking through a sound intellectual process can always produce that answer.       -Norman Vincent Peale
If we knew the true power of belief and positive thinking, we would never have a negative thought.        -Susan Santucci
I know that my thoughts help create my experiences.  Thinking positive thoughts about myself helps me to do and be my best always.
     The same is true of my relationships.  If I am thinking the best about my family and friends, I bring the best to my relationships with them.
     The very best thoughts I can think are God-centered thoughts of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. So I don't think less of friends and loved ones than what is true about them:  They are children of God who deserve to be thought of with true, honorable, just, and positive thoughts.
     My loving, patient thoughts create loving, long-lasting relationships.        -unattributed from Daily Word


Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.  Hold this picture tenaciously.  Never permit it to fade.  Your mind will seek to develop the picture. . . . Do not build obstacles in your imagination.     -Norman Vincent Peale
A positive thought is the seed of a positive result.     -unattributed
People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance.  And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one.  Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul.  Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.     -Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You
While holding positive thoughts and emotions is advantageous, positive thinking itself is not "Hallmark Card thinking."  It's really an ongoing awareness that all truly is well with the world, with life, and with oneself.  It's also a commitment not to mindlessly pass on fears but to bring positive energy, images, ideas, and feelings into the lives of others, to help them attune to the wellness at the heart of the world.     -David Spangler
As you practice thinking in positive ways, you may find that your life becomes smoother and exhibits less tension and anger.  You can begin to manage your feelings, instead of allowing outer circumstances to be a controlling factor.  You can begin at any time to shift your thinking and react positively, while still releasing negative thoughts.
   Pleasant, more productive days can result from your new approach to positive thinking.  Because your subconscious mind is a reservoir for your memories, you can get quick feedback on whatever situation may be occurring.  Your subconscious mind remembers past events and records what your thinking and feeling responses were at that time.  When a similar thing happens today, your mind sends a remembered message, which could be a message of anger, resentment, or frustration.  You have the ability to give your mind new messages as you choose to react emotionally or to meet the situation with poised and balanced thinking.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life

Believe in the best, think your best, study your best, have a goal for your best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best, and in the long run things will turn out for the best.     -Henry Ford
You want a better position than you now have in business, a better and fuller place in life.  All right; think of that better place and you in it as already existing.  Form the mental image.  Keep on thinking of that higher position, keep the image constantly before you, and--no, you will not suddenly be transported into the higher job, but you will find that you are preparing yourself to occupy the better position in life--your body, your energy, your understanding, your heart will all grow up to the job--and when you are ready, after hard work, after perhaps years of preparation, you will get the job and the higher place in life.     -Joseph H. Appel
If we will imagine the thing we want and do our part to “be in the right place at the right time,” there isn’t anything we can’t do, be, or attain.     -Daniel Willey
My thoughts are like seeds in the rich soil of my mind. As I think about abundance, I am sowing seeds that will produce it. I focus on positive thoughts and hold them in prayer, fully expecting good outcomes.  If thoughts of fear or lack pop up, I release them just as I would remove weeds from my garden. I refocus on the good that is here now, and I know there is more to come.     -unattributed (Daily Word)
A positive attitude is most easily arrived at through a deliberate and rational analysis of what’s required to manifest unwavering positive thought patterns.  First, reflect on the actual, present condition of your mind. In other words, is the mind positive or not? We’ve all met individuals who perceive themselves as positive people but don’t appear as such. Since the mind is both invisible and intangible, it’s therefore easier to see the accurate characteristics of the mind through a person’s words, deeds, and posture.
   For example, if we say, “It’s absolutely freezing today! I’ll probably catch a cold before the end of the day!” then our words expose a negative attitude. But if we say, “The temperature is very cold” (a simple statement of fact),  then our expressions, and therefore attitude, are not negative. Sustaining an alert state in which self-awareness becomes possible gives us a chance to discover the origins of negativity. In doing so, we also have an opportunity to arrive at a state of positiveness, so that our words and deeds are also positive, making others feel comfortable, cheerful, and inspired.     -H.E. Davey


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