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Famous Quotes – Part One

This I know. This I believe with all my heart. If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being we can do it!

Eleanor Roosevelt

The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.

Katherine Paterson

Failure is impossible.

Susan B. Anthony

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.

Mary Kay Ash

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

Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet.

Candice M. Pope

She was one of those happily created beings who please without effort, make friends everywhere, and take life so gracefully and easily that less fortunate souls are tempted to believe that such are born under a lucky star.

Louisa May Alcott

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.

May Sarton

Each of us makes his own weather, determines the colour of the skies in the emotional universe, which he inhabits.

Fulton J. Sheen

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

Lucille Ball

Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It’s in our hands.

Cathy Better

I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.

Coco Chanel

If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.

Elizabeth Bowen

Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you’re in a crowd, you’ll always have some clean air to breathe.

Julia Child

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

Amelia Barr

The pure, the beautiful, the bright, That stirred our hearts in youth, The impulse to a wordless prayer, The dreams of love and truth, The longings after something lost, The spirit’s yearning cry, The strivings after better hopes, These things can never die.

Sarah Doudney

I actually remember feeling delight, at two o’clock in the morning, when the baby woke for his feed, because I so longed to have another look at him.

Margaret Drabble

Teenagers travel in droves, packs, swarms. … To the librarian, they’re a gaggle of geese. To the cook, they’re a scourge of locusts. To department stores, they’re a big beautiful exaltation of larks … all lovely and loose and jingly.

Bernice FitzGibbon

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Exude happiness and you will feel it back a thousand times

Joan Lunden

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank

Man’s rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude … a man’s attitude will create the situation he imagines.

James Lane Allen

A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad … and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly.

Emily Bronte

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.

William James

I think there is a choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.

Alice Potter

‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.

Lord Byron

Happiness is the ability to recognize it.

Carolyn Wells

The saddest day hath gleams of light, The darkest wave hath bright foam beneath it, The twinkles o’er the cloudiest night, Some solitary star to cheer it.

Sarah Winnemucca

Every thought we think is creating our future.

Louise L. Hay

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

The words “I am…” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.

A. L. Kitselman

Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.

Maxwell Maltz

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.

Queen Victoria, Queen of England

To think of losing is to lose already.

Sylvia Townsend Warner

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.

WW. Ziege

If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.

Malcolm Forbes

Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.

Peace Pilgrim

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

They can because they think they can.

Virgil

I do think that being the second [female Supreme Court Justice] is wonderful, because it is a sign that being a woman in a place of importance is no longer extraordinary.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Women forget all the things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget.

Zora Neale Hurston

When you’re in love, you put up with things that, when you’re out of love you cite.

Judith Martin

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.

Sir Walter Scott

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.

Colleen C. Barrett

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

John Lubbock

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For years I wanted to be older, and now I am.

Margaret Atwood

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you find it.

Jules Renard

He that seeks trouble always finds it.

English proverb

The more wary you are of danger, the more likely you are to meet it.

Jean de la Fontaine

Lifting as they climb, onward and upward they go, struggling and striving and hoping that the buds and blossoms of their desires may burst into glorious fruition ere long.

Mary Church Terrell

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.

Henry David Thoreau

The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart… will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.

Henry Ward Beecher

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.

Thomas Mann

All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.

Alexander Pope

The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise.

Henry David Thoreau

Those see nothing but faults that seek for nothing else.

Thomas Fuller

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.

Ernest Holmes

The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.

Thomas Dreier

The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too.

Herbert Samuel

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it’s pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

If you are going to think black, think positive about it. Don’t think down on it, or think it is something in your way. And this way, when you really do want to stretch out and express how beautiful black is, everybody will hear you.

Leontyne Price

Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.

Federico Fellini

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

The Quote Bank – Part TwoAgatha Christie

A man is literally what he thinks.

James Lane Allen

Although none of the rules for becoming alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.

Susan Sontag

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

All that a man does outwardly is but the expression and completion of his inward thought. To work effectively, he must think clearly; to act nobly, he must think nobly.

William Ellery Channing

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 Lane Allen

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

A man’s life is what his thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

Before a painter puts a brush to his canvas he sees his picture mentally…. If you think of yourself in terms of a painting, what do you see? … Is the picture one you think worth painting? … You create yourself in the image you hold in your mind.

Thomas Dreier

A man is what he thinks about all day long.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

Buddha

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

Think you can, think you can’t; either way, you’ll be right.

Henry Ford

Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires.

Orison Swett Marden

Our best friends 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.

Dr. Frank Crane

The way a man’s mind runs is the way he is sure to go.

Henry B. Wilson

Nothing befalls us that is not of the nature of ourselves. There comes no adventure but wears to our soul the shape of our everyday thoughts.

Maurice Maeterlinck

The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.

Lucan

The soul contains the event that shall befall it, for the event is only the actualisation of its thoughts, and what we pray to ourselves for is always granted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think it’s going to rain, it will.

Clint Eastwood

As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

James Lane Allen

God will help you if you try, and you can if you think you can.

Anna Delaney Peale

To expect defeat is nineteenths of defeat itself.

Francis Marion Crawford

The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.

Andre Godin

What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau

Man, being made reasonable, and so a thinking creature, there is nothing more worthy of his being than the right direction and employment of his thoughts; since upon this depends both his usefulness to the public, and his own present and future benefit in all respects.

William Penn

Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never think any oldish thoughts. It’s oldish thoughts that make a person old.

James A. Farley

They can because they think they can.

Virgil

As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy!

Anne Frank

We are never so happy or so unhappy as we think.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.

Jacopo Sannazaro

A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca

The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.

David Hume

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

John Milton

All happiness is in the mind.

Anonymous

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.

Alice Meynell

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances.

Martha Washington

I am happy and content because I think I am.

Alain Rene Lesage

A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.

Cicero

The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.

William Lyon Phelps

Unhappiness indicates wrong thinking, just as ill health indicates a bad regimen.

Paul Bourget

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

Leo Tolstoy

Famous Quotes – Part Two

Happiness will never be any greater than the idea we have of it.

Maurice Maeterlinck

He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise.

Thomas Fuller

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

Joseph Joubert

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.

Bernard de Fontenelle

It isn’t our position, but our disposition, that makes us happy.

Anonymous

God prefers your health, and your obedience, to your penance.

Teresa of Avila

After you’re older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.

Helen Gurley Brown

The best course was to buy a house across a road from a cemetery and look at it every morning. Reminding yourself where it all ended anyway, you’d never get upset about anything again.

Mildred Davis

Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.

Zachary T. Bercovitz

A sneer is like a flame; it may occasionally be curative because it cauterises, but it leaves a bitter scar.

Margaret Deland

Beauty to me is being comfortable in your own skin.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Man is what he believes.

Anton Chekhov

Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.

William James

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

Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of our venture.

William James

We are what we believe we are.

Benjamin N. Cardozo

If you constantly think of illness, you eventually become ill; if you believe yourself to be beautiful, you become so.

Shakti Gawain

You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes.

Douglas Malloch

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

What one believes to be true either is true or becomes true within limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are beliefs to be transcended.

John Lilly

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.

Katherine Paterson

Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured.

Ann Landers

The body manifests what the mind harbours.

Jerry Augustine

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

Tragedy had its compensations. Once the worst misfortune occurred, one never worried about the minor ones.

Mildred Davis

Give me good health and I’ll take care of the rest.

Marilyn Home

When people asked, I used to tell them how sick I was. The more I talked about being sick, the worse I got. Finally, I started saying, “I’m getting better.” It took a while, but then I started to feel better, too.

Michael Hirsch

You can promote your healing by your thinking.

James E. Sweeney

Most of the time we think we’re sick it’s all in the mind.

Thomas Wolfe

My gift is that I’m not beautiful. My career was never about looks. It’s about health and being in good shape.

Shirley MacLaine

The pessimist is half licked before he starts.

Thomas A. Buckner

In rejecting secrecy I had also rejected the road to cynicism.

Catharine Marshall

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.

George Eliot

It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyse our own bad ones.

Franchise Sagan

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never afford himself.

Golda Meir

Never say anything on the phone that you wouldn’t want your mother to hear at your trial.

Sydney Biddle Barrows

You can either give in to negative feelings or fight them, and I’m of the belief that you should fight them.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.

Tyne Daly

They never raised a statue to a critic.

Martha Graham

The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.

Bette Davis

No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.

George Eliot

Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.

Ruth Gordon

You can’t be pessimistic, because there are so many things that go wrong every day that if you were to be negative or pessimistic, you’d go out of business.

John DePasquale

We criticize and separate ourselves from the process. We’ve got to jump right in there with both feet.

Dolores Huerta

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food, and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life.

Agnes Repplier

You can’t pay attention to your mistakes. I made a mistake today; I made a mistake yesterday. I think it’s … very important to ignore the negative.

Jerry Rubin

You just can’t complain about being alive. It’s self -indulgent to be unhappy.

Gena Rowland

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as affectively as by bombs.

Kenneth Clark

One of the most devastating experiences in human life is disillusionment.

Art Sisson

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

L. P. Jacks

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

Helen Keller

There are people who have an appetite for grief; pleasure is not strong enough and they crave pain. They have mithidatic stomachs which must be fed on poisoned bread, natures so doomed that no prosperity can sooth their ragged and dishevelled desolation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t believe in pessimism.

Clint Eastwood

If any has a stone to throw it is not I, ever or now.

Elinor Wylie

Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.

George Meredith

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.

Helen Keller

Do not sit long with a sad friend. When you go to a garden do you look at the weeds? Spend more time with the roses and jasmines.

Jelaluddin Rumi

If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain.

Charles B. Newcomb

Optimism is an intellectual choice.

Diana Schneider

You live with your thoughts so be careful what they are.

Eva Arrington

We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.

James W. Fulbright

Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts.

Abel Stevens

Thoughts have power; thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking.

Susan Taylor

Your imagination has much to do with your life. … It is for you to decide how you want your imagination to serve you.

Philip Conley

A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.

Nicholas Hilliard

Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.

Vincent van Gogh

Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.

Mary McLeod Bethune

True revolutions … restore more than they destroy.

Louise Bogan

There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

Dorothea Brande

We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach.

Margo Jones

This is the way of peace overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.

Peace Pilgrim

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.

Ayn Rand

If you make fun of bad persons you make yourself beneath them. … Be kind to bad and good, for you don’t know your own heart.

Sarah Winnemucca

We have learned that power is a positive force if it is used for positive purposes.

Elizabeth Dole

Famous Quotes- Part Three

The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.

Margery Allingham

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible . . . what wine is so sparkling, so fragrant, so intoxicating, as possibility!

Soren Kierkegaard

What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe, despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not the faith in new possibilities and the courage to advocate them?

Jane Adams

The basic success orientation is having an optimistic attitude.

John DePasquale

Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.

Eddie Rickenbacker

Am I like the optimist who, while falling ten stories from a building, says at each story, “I’m all right so far”?

Gretel Ehrlich

It doesn’t hurt to be optimistic. You can always cry later.

Lucimar Santos de Lima

The biggest quality in successful people, I think, is impatience with negative thinking … my feeling was, even if it’s as bad as I think it is, we’ll make it work.

Edward McCabe

Optimism and humour are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity.

Philip Butler

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

Positive Thinking Is Practical There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.

Euripides

Every noble work is at first impossible.

Thomas Carlyle

Optimism is essential to achievement and is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butler

I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.

Henry Ford

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.

Wernher von Braun

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.

Charles Franklin Kettering

On the human chessboard, all moves are possible.

Miriam Schiff

In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.

Daniel L. Reardon

All things are possible until they are proved impossible and even the impossible may only be so as of now.

Pearl S. Buck

One is not born a genius – one becomes a genius.

Simone de Beauvoir

Like begets like; honesty begets honesty; trust, trust; and so on.

James F. Bell

Honour begets honour; trust begets trust; faith begets faith; and hope is the mainspring of life.

Henry L. Stimson

Mankind’s greatest gift… is that we have free choice.

Elisabeth Kubler Ross

If you haven’t been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it’s much harder. You need more luck.

Simone de Beauvoir

Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds, which we have sown.

Henry David Thoreau

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.

Lin Yutang

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.

John Paul Jones

The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.

Mary Mannes

A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.

Norman Cousins

We create our fate every day … most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behaviour.

Henry Miller

It seems to me probably that any one who has a series of intolerable positions to put up with must have been responsible for them to some extent… they have contributed to it by impatience or intolerance, or brusqueness or some provocation.

Robert Hugh Benson

If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.

Saint Augustine

Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected. Life is a long line of opportunities.

John Wicker

I have found that if you love life – life will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes. What you are comes to you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor.

William Cobbett

We are made kind by being kind.

Eric Hoffer

The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it. If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed. Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world. Expect victory and you make victory. Nowhere is this truer than in business that is, where bravery and faith bring both material and spiritual rewards.

Preston Bradley

Choice is the essence of what I believe it is to be human.

Liv Ullmann

Kindness gives birth to kindness.

Sophocles

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

Kahlil Gibran

Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.

Virginia Satir

Man does not simply exist, but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

Viktor Frankl

You end up, as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.

Fay Weldon

Liberty cannot be caged into a charter and handed on readymade to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.

Florence Ellinwood Allen

I am one of those people who are blessed … with a nature, which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.

Margery Allingham

The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.

Raymond Charles Barker

If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread on.

Marie Corelli

Preparing for the worst is an activity I have taken up since I turned thirty-five, and the worst actually began to happen.

Delia Ephron

If you prepare for old age, old age comes sooner.

Anonymous

It is no use blaming the men we made them what they are and now it is up to us to try and make ourselves the makers of men a little more responsible.

Nancy Astor

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.

Rita Mae Brown

Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.

Beatrix Potter

I made the decision. I’m accountable.

Janet Reno

What we prepare for is what we shall get.

William Graham Sumner

We make our own criminals, and their crimes are congruent with the national culture we all share. It has been said that a people get the kind of political leadership they deserve. I think they also get the kinds of crime and criminals they themselves bring into being.

Margaret Mead

If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.

Florence Scovel Shinn

We are accountable only to ourselves for what happens to us in our lives.

Mildred Newman

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.

Florence Nightingale

The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it. If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed. Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world. Expect victory and you make victory. Nowhere is this truer than in business life, where bravery and faith bring both material and spiritual rewards.

Preston Bradley

Carry on, carry on, for the men and boys are gone, But the furrow shan’t lie fallow while the women carry on.

Janet Begbie

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.

Joan Didion

If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.

Marian Wright Edelman

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.

Book of the Bible

Debt is a trap which man sets and baits himself, and then deliberately gets into.

Josh Billings

It is not our circumstances that create our discontent or contentment. It is us.

Vivian Greene

Fortunately the family is a human institution: humans made it and humans can change it.

Shere Hite

Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined, and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame.

Lady Bird Johnson

Self image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.

Maxwell Maltz

If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.

Malcolm Forbes

My father instilled in me that if you don’t see things happening the way you want them to, you get out there and make them happen.

Susan Powter

To heal ourselves we also have to heal society.

Riane Eisler

Here is where some entrepreneurs fail. They are filled with creative juices and total commitment to their business, but too often they don’t understand that they must also be managers, administrators, even gofers at least for a while.

Lillian Vernon

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter as fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.

Margaret Atwood

Famous Quotes – Part Four

Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.

George R. Gissing

The words “I am…” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.

A. L. Kitselman

A word after a word after a word is power.

Margaret Atwood

A person, who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.

Jane Austen

If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Our lives preserved. How it was; and how it will be. Passing it along in the relay. That is what I work to do: to produce stories that save our lives.

Toni Cade Bambara

When people asked, I used to tell them how sick I was. The more I talked about being sick, the worse I got. Finally, I started saying, “I’m getting better.” It took a while, but then I started to feel better, too.

Michael Hirsch

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.

Christina Baldwin

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers or both.

Elizabeth Charles

My voice is still the same, and this makes me beside myself with Joy! Oh, Mon Dieu, when I think what I might be able to do with it!

Jenny Lind

Men will get no more out of life than they put into it.

William J. H. Boetcker

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Saint Basil

Who soweth good seed shall surely reap; the year grows rich as it groweth old, and life’s latest sands are its sands of gold!

Julia Dorr

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Book of the Bible

There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world.

Oscar Hammerstein

If a man plants melons he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will reap beans.

Chinese proverb

Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.

Madeline Bridges

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

While you don’t need a formal written contract before you get married, I think it’s important for both partners to spell out what they expect from each other…. There are always plenty of surprises and lots of give and take once you’re married.

Muriel Fox

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.

Elbert Hubbard

He who has not faith in others shall find no faith in them.

LaoTzu

Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.

John Richelsen

A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.

Marlene Dietrich

They say, “You can’t give a smile away; it always comes back.” The same is true of a kind word or a conversation starter. What goes around comes around.

Susan Roane

Revolve your world around the customer and more customers will revolve around you.

Heather Williams

Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.

Kathleen Windsor

Power without [the people’s] confidence is nothing.

Catherine the Great

To make the world a friendly place, one must show it a friendly face.

James Whitcomb Riley

People are not going to love you unless you love them.

Pat Carroll

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.

Norman Vincent Peale

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

Benjamin Franklin

People, by and large, will relate to the image you project.

Anonymous

The confidence, which we have in ourselves, gives birth to much of that which we have in others.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

He, who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.

Michel de Montaigne

Fear to let fall a drop and you spill a lot.

Anon

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

Alexandre Dumas

To be ambitious for wealth, and yet always expecting to be poor; to be always doubting your ability to get what you long for, is like trying to reach east by travelling west. There is no philosophy, which will help a man to succeed when he is always doubting his ability to do so, and thus attracting failure. No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavours and make success impossible.

Charles Baudouin

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Dangers by being despised grow great.

Edmund Burke

If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.

Florence Scovel Shinn

Doubt breeds doubt.

Franz Grillparzer

Doubt indulged soon becomes doubt realized.

Frances Ridley Havergal

Fear breeds fear.

Byron Janis

The thing we fear we bring to pass.

Elbert Hubbard

Those who foresee the future and recognize it as tragic are often seized by a madness, which forces them to commit the very acts, which makes it certain that what they dread shall happen.

Dame Rebecca West

There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it.

Jean de la Bruyere

A great manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are. He forces you to have a good opinion of yourself. He lets you know he believes in you. He makes you get more out of yourself. And once you learn how good you really are, you never settle for playing anything less than your very best.

Reggie Jackson

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.

Henry L. Stimson

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

Lady Bird Johnson

However much we guard against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us.

Eric Hoffer

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.

Haim Ginott

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.

John Steinbeck

Men have a trick of coming up to what is expected of them, good or bad.

Jacob Riis

Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Johann von Goethe

Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.

Elbert Hubbard

People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be not what you nag them to be.

S. N. Parker

Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.

Maxwell Maltz

Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.

Felix Adler

To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.

Helen Keller

We planted flowers last year, and I didn’t know if I’d be alive to see them come up.

Neal McHugh

Act as if it were impossible to fail.

Dorothea Brande

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.

William James

If you would be powerful, pretend to be powerful.

Home Tooke

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.

William Shakespeare

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.

Jean de la Bruyere

If you want to be a big company tomorrow, you have to start acting like one today.

Thomas Watson

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life, which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.

Dale Carnegie

Always imitate the behaviour of the winner when you lose.

Anonymous

I couldn’t hit a wall with a six-gun, but I can twirl one. It looks good.

John Wayne

It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act.

Charles Caleb Colton

It is easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows by like a song. But the man worthwhile is one who will smile, when everything goes dead wrong.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

To find oneself jilted is a blow to one’s pride. One must do one’s best to forget it and if one doesn’t succeed, at least one must pretend to.

Moliere

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.

Baltasar Gracian

It is best to act with confidence; no matter how little right you have to it.

Lillian Hellman

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you do not, pretend.

Wally Phillips

If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as if it had already happened.

Epictetus

To establish oneself in the world, one has to do all one can to appear established.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To believe in God is to yearn for His existence, and furthermore, it is to act as if He did exist.

Miguel de Unamuno

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.

Rene Descartes

Live as if you like yourself, and it may happen.

Marge Piercy

But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.

Muriel Rukeyser

Life has, indeed, many ills, but the mind that views every object in its most cheering aspect, and every doubtful dispensation as replete with latent good, bears within itself a powerful and perpetual antidote.

Lydia H. Sigourney

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.

Andrew Carnegie

A woman’s hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.

George Eliot

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.

Helen Keller

Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.

Edgar Allan Poe

Some folks never exaggerate they just remember big.

Audrey Snead

I expect some new phases of life this summer, and shall try to get the honey from each moment.

Lucy Stone

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.

Judith Viorst

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

If I had a party to attend and didn’t want to be there, I would play the part of someone who was having a lovely time.

Shirley MacLaine

Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it.

Grenville Kleiser

Fake feeling good. … You’re going to have to learn to fake cheerfulness. Believe it or not, eventually that effort will pay off: you’ll actually start feeling happier.

Jean Bach

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

Helen Keller

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

Aristotle

My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat: situation excellent. I am attacking.

Marshal Ferdinand Foch

If you act like you’re rich, you’ll get rich.

Adnan Koashoggi

I’ll just hit the dry side of the ball.

Stan Musial

My disease is one of the best things that has happened to me; it has pulled me out of a quietly desperate life toward one full of love and hope.

Tom O’Connor

Retreat? We’re coming out of here as a Marine division. We’re bring … our dead. Retreat, hell! We’re just advancing in another direction.

General Oliver Prince Smith

I’m in a wonderful position: I’m unknown, I’m underrated, and there’s nowhere to go but up.

Pierre S. DuPont

I am dying, but otherwise I am quite well.

Edith Sitwell

I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.

Daniel Boone

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin

If they do kill me, I shall never die another death.

Abraham Lincoln

We are so outnumbered there’s only one thing to do. We must attack.

Sir Andrew Cunningham

Circumstances what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Focus is important. Focus on those parts of yourself that are working. Look at yourself as someone whose body is in the process of healing. Concentrate on the positive parts.

Will Garcia

I never lost a game. I just ran out of time.

Bobby Layne

I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is a temporary situation.

Mike Todd

Disease can be seen as a call for personal transformation through metamorphosis. It is a transition from the death of your old self into the birth of your new.

Tom O’Connor

I’m not overweight; I’m just nine inches too short.

Shelley Winters

Famous Quotes – Part Five

Practice being excited.

Bill Foster

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

Chinese Proverb

Knock the “t” off the “can’t.”

George Reeves

Being an optimist after you’ve got everything you want doesn’t count.

Kin Hubbard

There are more defects in temperament than in the mind.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.

Sara Teasdale

Clear your mind of “can’t.”

Samuel Johnson

Rosieness is not a worse windowpane than gloomy grey when viewing the world.

Grace Paley

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

I will say this about being an optimist: even when things don’t turn out well, you are certain they will get better.

Frank Hughes

We have a problem. “Congratulations.” But it’s a tough problem. “Then double congratulations.”

W Clement Stone

One should … be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive it’s such an interesting world.

L. M. Montgomery

To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage.

W. Clement Stone

I learned really to practice mustard seed faith, and positive thinking, and remarkable things happened.

Sir John Walton

Failure is impossible.

Susan B. Anthony

The only prison we need to escape from is the prison of our own minds.

Anonymous

Whatever the ups and downs of detail within our limited experience, the larger whole is primarily beautiful.

Gregory Bateson

He was a “how” thinker, not an “if” thinker.

Anonymous

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

George Jean Nathan

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.

Alfred North Whitehead

How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.

Park Cousins

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humour: to change the character of our thought.

Lin Yutang

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

Henri Bergson

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.

William Hazlitt

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.

William Hazlitt

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S. Buck

What we love, we shall grow to resemble.

Bernard of Clairvaux

How much shall I be changed, before I am changed!

John Donnell

It is by sitting down to write every morning that he becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateurs.

Gerald Brenan

There is no miraculous change that takes place in a boy that makes him a man. He becomes a man by being a man.

Louis L’Amour

Skill to do comes of doing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our actions.

Andre Godin

Success produces success, just as money produces money.

Nicolas de Chamfort

Once you begin to believe there is help “out there,” you will know it to be true.

Saint Bartholomew

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

Tyron Edwards

Keep your thoughts right, for as you think, so are you. Therefore, think only those things that will make the world better, and you unashamed.

Henry H. Buckley

Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.

Ayn Rand

What you think means more than anything else in your life.

George Matthew Adams

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.

Arlene Raven

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.

Ira Gassen

The wisdom of all ages and cultures emphasizes the tremendous power our thoughts have over our character and circumstances.

Liane Cordes

There comes no adventure but wears to our soul the shape of our everyday thoughts.

Maurice Maeterlinck

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.

Honore de Balzac

Anyone can have an off decade.

Larry Cole

Thats all the famous quotes for now – more will be added soon.