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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

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 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

If we knew the true power of belief and positive thinking, we would never have a negative thought.

Susan Santucci


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


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


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


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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


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


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.

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Like food is to the body, self-talk is to the mind.  Don't let
any junk thoughts repeat in your head.

Maddy Malhotra
How to Build Self-Esteem and Be Confident


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


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

The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.

Robert H Schuller


A lot of things are inherent in life--change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents,
calamities, and losses of all kinds--but these events don't have to be the cause
of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and
sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences.
The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result,
magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the
subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that
come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally
dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.

Gina Lake
What About Now?


What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that
permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those
with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more
than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism,
that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone
to speak critically, my father would say: “Cynics do not contribute,
skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve."

Gordon B. Hinckley

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


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

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


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

Benjamin Disraeli

optimism - law of attraction

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


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)


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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


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


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


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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

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


A positive thought is the seed of a positive result.


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

We must train the mind to reject the brood of despondent, resentful,
fearful and prejudiced thoughts which approach it, and to invite and
entertain cheerful, broad and wholesome thoughts instead, just as we
overcome false tones and cultivate musical ones in educating the voice
for singing.  When we once realize that by driving away pessimistic,
angry and bitter thoughts we drive away sickness and misfortune to
a great extent, and that by seeking the kinder and happier frame of mind
we seek at the same time success and health and good luck, we will
find a new impetus in the control of our mental forces.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Heart of the New Thought



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Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
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