15 Quotes To Help You Have a Positive Mindset

I have a friend who has a quotes calendar on his desk and whenever I see it, I chuckle…“who uses those anymore?” Well, as it turns out, he does and now, so do I. My friend’s quote calendar is actually his daily motivator — he’s not using it for the date, but for the inspiration.


There is a lot of wisdom out there and sometimes all it takes is one quote to give us that “Eureka!” moment. As with my friend and his quote-of-the-day calendar, I check each morning to see what pearls of wisdom can help inspire me to be a more positive, optimistic person.

This collection of quotes is an excellent starting point and hopefully, one or all will inspire you on to have a more positive mindset:

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Keep my word positive. Words become my behaviors. Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits. Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values. Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ― Joyce Brothers

“Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” — William James

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” — Leah LaBell

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.”  — Allen Klein

“Being in a positive state of mind is more important than you might think as the mind cannot be creative in a negative state. New ideas, thoughts and inspiration will only take place when the mind is positive.” — Joe Hinchliffe

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”  — Christopher McCandless

“The more positive thoughts you have, the better you feel, which causes you to have more positive thoughts, then you feel even better.” — James Borg

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” — Benjamin Disraeli

“A major factor in determining how our lives turn out is the way we choose to think. Everything that goes on inside the human mind in the form of thoughts, ideas, and information forms our personal philosophy.”  — Jim Rohn

“To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the ‘what is next’, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” — Mark Twain

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” — Jack Layton

Having a positive mindset takes some effort and while we need more than quotes to maintain that mindset, the good ones really help to remind us that having a positive attitude and outlook is, very much worth any effort.