27 Positive Life Quotes to Put Things into Perspective

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There have been many people through history that have experienced despair, darkness, and depression. Wisdom often comes after living through challenging circumstances and these quotes prove that you will be alright. Let these quotes life you up; read through them and see if you just don’t feel better.

Are you stuck, frustrated, or lost? Read through these positive life quotes to gain some perspective and come out of your funk.

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1. Lyndon B. Johnson Says Tomorrow Is a New Day

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” - Lyndon B. Johnson

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

It does no good to lament a day that you can never get a do-over for. So instead, turn your face to the new day ahead and plan a strategy of how you are going to be a better version of yourself than you were yesterday.

2. Helen Keller Let the Sun Warm You

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” - Helen Keller

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

Sunshine and shadows exist together; we can’t have one without the other. However, if you are feeling like you are consumed by shadows then hold fast to hope, optimism, and love. These things shine into the darkness like the sun.

3. Joseph Campbell on the Killing Power of Joy

“Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” - Joseph Campbell

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell

We often treat things with their opposites, right? If you’re cold, you seek out warmth; if you’re sleepy you drink coffee. When you are in pain, the best treatment of it is to find the joy, to find the happiness! Try doing something fun or enjoyable the next time you are hurting.

4. Elbert Hubbard Knows Negativity Doesn’t Serve

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

Negative feelings leave us with nothing but negativity. Negativity brings about no friends, no family, sometimes no job, no health, and more. So don’t you think that having something, anything, positive in your life or your attitude is a better investment of your time?

5. Joel Osteen on Finding the Lessons

“Nothing happens to you, it happens for you. See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen

“Nothing happens to you, it happens for you. See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen

When things happen “to” you, you feel helpless and victimized. However, if you look at things as happening “for” you, then you take some of your power back. This allows you to look at the lessons and blessings (a.k.a. silver linings) within anything you might experience.

6. William James Believe It and Be It

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

If you choose optimism, positivity, and worthiness then you will attract more of that into your life. And the opposite stands true too. If you choose unworthiness or negativity, you will attract that as well. Be steadfast in your belief that life is worth living and create a happier one for yourself.

7. Tony Dorsett Urges You to Find Something

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

Think about a time when you had a project that excited you. Do you remember the motivation that made it easy to get out of the bed in the morning so you could work on it? Do you recall the passion and happiness you felt? To be successful, find more of that passion.

8. Les Brown Knows You Have the Power

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

Accepting responsibility means acknowledging the good and bad decisions you have made. No one else is going to hand you what you want or do your work for you. Stop waiting for that perfect job to come along or that perfect relationship; go looking for it and get it for yourself.

9. Andy Biersack Wants You to Take a Stand

“Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.” – Andy Biersack

“Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.” – Andy Biersack

Even if the masses don’t support your beliefs or values, make sure to stand up for your beliefs for you. This world needs those who are strong enough to go against common mindset because those are the kinds of people who change the world.

10. Steve Jobs Wants You to Love What You Do

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” - Steve Jobs

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

So many people are trapped in jobs they don’t really like. Paying the bills and feeding a family may seem worth selling your soul to a job, but your happiness is going to die in the process. Find a way to make money doing something you truly enjoy doing and all areas of your life will benefit.

11. Les Brown Says Smile More

“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” - Les Brown

“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” – Les Brown

Smiling seems to not only brighten up your face, but the entire energy around you. A smile lets others know you are approachable and friendly, so make it part of your daily wardrobe. Don’t feel like smiling? Do it anyway, it just might make you feel a tiny bit better.

12. Joyce Brothers Knows Positivity and Success Go Hand in Hand

“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” - Joyce Brothers

“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.” – Joyce Brothers

As you build your self-image and confidence at the beginning of your journey to success, you will be more prepared to handle the attention and spotlight that will come once you achieve it. Knowing that you are worth success makes handling it much easier.

13. Walt Disney is a Realistic Optimist

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” - Walt Disney

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” – Walt Disney

Living a life of optimism and positivity does not mean that one avoids pain or problems. Life is messy and sometimes you sink into grief, frustration, or anger. This is normal. Being optimistic means not letting the dark times crush you. Optimism is a tool to deal with the dark sides of life.

14. Martha Beck on Choices

“Every day brings new choices.

“Every day brings new choices.” – Martha Beck

Every new day is a chance at a fresh start! You have a choice each day to do something different than you did the day before. Have tea instead of coffee, create art instead of clean the house, spend time with family instead of being on your phone, or take a nap. The choice is yours; choose wisely.

15. Robert A. Cook Says to Be Productive

“Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain.” - Robert A. Cook

“Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain.” – Robert A. Cook

If you listen closely to groups of people talk, you may hear many of them all complaining together. Misery does love company, right? Complaining is small thinking, but being positive is grand. Offer some kind of positive outlook on the topic, or offer a solution and see how that makes you feel.

16. Michael Jordan Wants You to Find the Silver Lining

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

This would be akin to taking manure and fertilizing your crops. Manure is just manure by itself, but when used constructively it is beneficial to life! Negative experiences will always come your way, but it is up to you to find any positivity within them to not only help bring peace of mind, but to help you grow.

17. Maya Angelou Knows the Preciousness of Life

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Maya Angelou

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

Living is not living unless we experience breathtaking moments of love, peace, clarity and joy. Find ways every day to experience something that takes your breath away. Gaze into a baby’s eyes, listen to children laugh, watch a sunrise or sunset, or do something new and exciting.

18. Oprah Winfrey on Passion

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

Have you ever watched someone do something that excites them? They light up from the inside out. Indulge yourself with things that make you passionate. If you don’t have anything, then explore what that might be. Hobbies are a great way to dip your toe into many new things that will lead you to your passion.

19. Buddha Says the Choice is Yours

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

If you need saving don’t expect someone else to do it for you, and don’t try to do it for anyone else. If you are a hot mess then you are the most qualified to save yourself. Teach yourself how to heal and hire professionals to assist you, but know that you have the power.

20. Mahatma Gandhi on Positive Thoughts

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Sages and wise men have known it for thousands upon thousands of years – our thoughts create our existence. Focusing on what we think and feel sends out wavelengths of energy to our environment that then bring back to us the same wavelength of energy. Think of positive things, feel positive things, and watch your life transform.

21. Anne Frank Knows Beauty is Everywhere

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

If anyone could focus on misery, it would be Anne. So if she can focus on the bright side of life even during a holocaust, so can you. There is beauty during the darkness if you but open your eyes to see it. Though there be much misery in the world, there is still much love and kindness to be found.

22. Lao Tzu Wants You to Let Go

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” - Lao Tzu

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

No matter if you are a wonderful person or a jerk, if you let go of what you are, you can become something different. You have a chance to evolve and grow into different versions of yourself every day. Beware though; this can go in either positive or negative directions. Make sure to become what you want to become.

23. William Cowper on Speaking Up For Positivity

“Where men of judgment creep and feel their way, the positive pronounce without dismay.” – William Cowper

“Where men of judgment creep and feel their way, the positive pronounce without dismay.” – William Cowper

Those that judge others or live dishonest lives will find ways to avoid the truth, and to avoid the light. Those that practice positivity have no qualms stating their case out loud, communicating, and bringing things to light. Which person would you rather be, and be around?

24. George Allen, Sr. on Having a Good Day

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It's the best part of the day.” - George Allen, Sr.

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” – George Allen, Sr.

Such simple advice but so profound! Staying positive brings a lighter and happier energy to you and your life. Working hard will create the life you want for yourself, and getting up early gives you time to prepare for the day, as well as having enough time to do what you want.

25. Nadia Comaneci Says To Pick Your Friends Carefully

“You should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.” - Nadia Comaneci

“You should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.” – Nadia Comaneci

You might have heard it said that you become most like the 5 people you spend the most time with. How do they show up in their lives? Are you emulating them? Being around people that produce positive results in their lives are the best kinds of friends you can have.

26. Lee Iacocca Knows the Value of Service

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” - Lee Iacocca

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” – Lee Iacocca

This could not hit closer to home for the state our world is in right now. When we are in service to others we tap into compassion, kindness, and love. Self-serving ideals lead to separation between humans. If you need positive change in your life, then do something for someone else or start volunteering.

27. Queen Latifah Says Go Your Own Way

“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way.” - Queen Latifah

“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way.” – Queen Latifah

When you see behavior in others that you would like to adopt as your own, make sure you do not lose yourself in the process. You can exhibit attitudes and learn skills that will benefit your life, but doing so with your own authentic flair will keep you in alignment with who you really are inside.

(Read this next: 30 Life-Changing Positive Quotes)

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