50+ Positive Psychology Quotes: A Collection of Beautiful Reflections

Powerful quotes can help you understand yourself and the world around you. They can even help you achieve personal fulfillment.

Here is a list of 50+ of the most inspirational positive psychology quotes in the world. In this post, you’ll find quotes provided by positive psychology experts, well-known psychologists, and influential people from around the globe.

Sandip Roy, the founder of the Happiness India Project, has been so kind as to let us use the amazing content he has created for his positive psychology quotes webpage.

I’m sure you’ll agree that he has done a great job. Get ready to be inspired and enjoy these words of wisdom.

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Positive Psychology Quotes “from the Crowds”

Today I sent out an e-mail with one of my favorite positive psychology quotes to over 5,000 of our loyal subscribers.

It goes as follows:

“For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life.But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first,some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid, then life would begin.At last, it dawned upon me that these obstacles were my life.”

Father Alfred D. Souza

I invited everyone to reply with their most inspiring positive psychology quote. With everyone’s consent, I feel honored to share with you the following quotes, insights, knowledge, and wisdom.

I hope you take the time to read, relax, and enjoy these quotes!

One of Martin Seligman's and Cathy Parsons' favorite quotes:
“The purpose of life is to discover your gifts and the meaning of life is to give them away.” [Tweet this quote!]

Christel Löwenthal's favorite quote:
“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind.” 
Sotiris Karagiannis's favorite positive psychology video:
Sotiris submitted this greatly inspiring video by Constantin Pilavios entitled Small Pleasures instead of a quote:

Christina Frederick's favorite quote on resilience:
“My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.” [Tweet this quote!]
Julian Saez's favorite quote:
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Shehwar Shikoh's favorite quote:
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt [Tweet this quote!]
Larry Richard's favorite quote:
“Absence destroys small passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes tapers and kindles fires.” [Tweet this quote!]
Jon Inge's favorite quote:
“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” – Leo Buscaglia 
Diana Luiza Mocanita's favorite quote:
“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.” – Tyler Knott Gregson
Trish Lui's favorite quote:
“Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. ” – Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning 
Daniela Niesta Kayser's favourite quotes as images:
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John Thompson's two favorite quotes:
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“Radical acceptance rests on letting go of the illusion of control and a willingness to notice and accept things as they are right now, without judging.” – Marsha Linehan, Ph.D

Nerilee McKenzie's favorite quote:
“Life can show up no other way than that way in which you perceive it.” – Neale Donald Walsch [Tweet this quote!]
Alan Davidson's favorite quote:
“As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found — in himself.” – Erich Fromm
Agnes Bogdan's favorite positive psychology song:
Agnes sent us this song that, according to her, expresses the very core of the positive psychology.

Asfia Sohail's favorite quote:
“Each breath in itself is joy if only we try to find Bliss in it.” [Tweet this quote!]
Sharifa Siddiqui's favorite quote (It's a personal favorite of mine as well!):
“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” – Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Judie Al's favorite quote:
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh [Tweet this quote!]
Jerry Grad's two favorite quotes:
“The answer lies within the question itself.” [Tweet this quote!]

“Happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy — it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.” – Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning [Tweet this quote!]

Birender Ahluwalia's favorite quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson [Tweet this quote!]
Santiago De Francisco's favorite quote:
“The good life is best construed as a matrix that includes happiness, occasional sadness, a sense of purpose, playfulness, and psychological flexibility, as well as autonomy, mastery, and belonging.” – Robert Biswas-Diener
Nicole Downes' favorite quote:
“You don’t have to be the best at something. You just have to be the most determined.” – Lauren Burns, Australian Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medalist [Tweet this quote!]
Lilian Jans-Beken's favorite quote:
Afhadali kutoakulikokupokea. Which is Swahili for: ‘It is better to give than to receive.’ [Tweet this quote!]
Marta Mendías' favorite quote:
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung [Tweet this quote!]
Razma Mazhar's favorite quote:
“When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity.” Martin Seligman [Tweet this quote!]
Raymond Tieu's favorite quotes:
“When you forgive others you dignify yourself.” [Tweet this quote!]

“There are two things in life that cannot wait: fulfilling filial piety and doing good deeds.” [Tweet this quote!]

“Recognize, appreciate and repay your parents’ love.” – Master Cheng Yen’s Jing Si Aphorisms [Tweet this quote!]

Samay Soni's favorite quote:
“We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” – Excerpt from the poem Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Christine Weinkauff found her favorite quote where you'd least expect it: on a sign in the middle of a small town in northwest Indiana. Respect!
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Muhammad Nauman's favorite quote:
“Love for a cause not applause. Live to express, not to impress. Live by choice, not by chance. Make changes, not excuses. Be motivated, not manipulated. Work to excel, not to compete. Listen to your inner voice For therein lies the answer to life worth living.”
Eamon O'Brien's favorite quote:
“In the depths of midwinter I finally learned there was an invisible summer” – Albert Camus [Tweet this quote!]

Eamon added: “I love simple thoughts that help me get perspective and some more self-compassion. ‘Life is unfair,’ ‘The goalposts will move,’ and above all, ‘Other people matter.'”

Herman Pouokam's favorite poem:
Herman Pouokam advises us to read this poem by Rudyard Kipling for more inspiration.
Julie F. Troum's favorite quote:
“Purposeful action is thus the goal of all that is truly educative.” – John Dewey

Julie remarked: “As an educator, my students find that having purpose leads to enjoyment and motivation.” Find out more about Julie’s work at her website.

Devaraju Kadari's favorite quote:
“By activating an expansive, tolerant, and creative mindset, positive feelings maximize the social, intellectual, and physical benefits that will accrue.” – Martin Seligman [Tweet this quote!]
Shirlynn Tan's favorite quote:
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” – Carl Rogers [Tweet this quote!]
Beth Cannarozzi's favorite quote:
“When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates.” – Tal Ben-Shahar [Tweet this quote!]
Felicity Dwyer's favorite quote:
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Excerpt from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet [Tweet this quote!]
Jack Douglas Cerva's favorite quotes:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I am in New York, I want to be in Europe, and when I am in Europe, I want to be in New York.” – Woody Allen [Tweet this quote!]

Boy Smits' favorite quote:
“Be so happy that, when other people look at you, they become happy too.” [Tweet this quote!]
Rajeev Rajdeep's favorite quote:
“The universe stands aside for those people who know where they are going.” Paulo Coelho [Tweet this quote!]
Hugo Alberts' favorite quote:
“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.” [Tweet this quote!]
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What is Your Favorite Positive Psychology Quote?

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About the Author

Seph Fontane Pennock is a seasoned entrepreneur and the business mind behind PositivePsychology.com. With his background in online marketing and a passion for helping therapists and coaches, he co-founded the new mental health application Quenza that helps practitioners better help their clients with digital support.


  1. Leslie Yardeni

    One of my favorite quotes remains the one I used in my high school yearbook: “To Thine Own Self Be True.” Shakespeare. Still speaks to me.

  2. Nimble Technocrats

    i like this quote

    • Radha

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  3. Herminia S. Palac

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  6. Ajay Kumar

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  7. Ajay

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  8. Neha

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  9. Arvind Kumar

    That was amazing to see those wonderful quotes. really so nicely quoted and picturized. will definitely come back and look back for it

  10. shivangi sharma

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  11. Quote Catalog

    Thank you for taking the time to put these together. Its time consuming to find them. And they’re incredibly powerful.

  12. greetingsmag

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  13. shivangi sharma

    it is a pleasure to read these words, they are beautiful.
    thank you for sharing

  14. Danyal Ahmed

    Very nice collection of psychology quotes. I learned a lot from that. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. tamil thoughts

    Really mind blowing inspirational quotes where each quote says the real meaning of what is in heart. Keep sharing such quotes

  17. Jawhar

    Thanks for giving an option to download all the quotes under a single pdf.
    And sir, If we give our quotes, will it be published here? I am asking this because i saw many people’s name written as “{name}’s favourite quote:”

  18. navdeep

    Awesome collection of quotes… Thanks for sharing

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  20. Sukanya

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  23. Laxmi

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  24. prativa

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  25. decanter

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  26. Narendra Kumar

    Thank’s for sharing list of great positive quotes it will help to any one to boost motivational level, and self energy.

  27. dilpreet

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  28. Honey mehra

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  30. Karim

    Thank’s for sharing great list of positive quotes it will help me to boost my motivational level

  31. Anurag

    Such wonderful read Seph.
    Psychology has always interested me in a way or other. as I’ve had always a great interest in reading people’s mind, their thought process, what might they be thinking at that/what time. (ALL OF THAT)
    Looking forward to more such posts. Thank you

  32. Amrendra Chaurasiya

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  33. Renato

    Love must be founded on gratitude.

  34. jeswanth

    nice information When you start to share love and respect with others it comes back to you in abundance. I learned that the more you give you to get it back. Life is full of surprises.

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  38. Hussein

    Very nice quotes ever

  39. Mahdiya Haider Khan

    Thank you so much Very nice and interesting Quotes. infect MY subject is psychology. I do BS psychology.

  40. Carolyn Stout

    I am Carolyn Stout and I have come up with good quotes of my own. Is there a process where I can share them with others?

  41. Rekha

    Nice collections of quotes. I like all the list of quotes. Thanks for sharing such a nice quotes. I would like to share it with dear and near ones. Thanks.

  42. Madhav

    Very Interesting Quotes!

  43. Jessie van den Heuvel

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  44. Dr.Ramakrishna.Chitturi

    Thoughtful, meaningful and enlightened quotes.

    • Stephanie Diepering

      Thanks for stopping by Dr. Chitturi

  45. Yanglish

    Those are great quotes, that I really enjoyed reading. Thanks for nice collection of quotes.

  46. Lina

    “If you are going through hell, keep going” (Winston Churchill)

  47. Reza

    Hi Dolly
    I agree with your spirit of love, giving, and sharing.
    “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
    ― Mother Teresa

  48. Dolly Bhaskaran

    When you start to share love and respect with others it comes back to you in abundance. I learned that the more you give you get it back. Life is full of surprises.

  49. Bona

    Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Gandhi

  50. Barry W. Colby

    From intense pain, anguish comes extreme clarity, truth. The “truth” about trauma … there is no choice! In whatever form it takes or intensity displayed, it will impact each and every one of us, affecting the quality of our lives and societies. The “truth” in trauma … empathy and understanding create choices for safety, health and well-being. – Barry W. Colby
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  51. Kalpana Thakker Motanpotra

    Ideas are funny little things. They won’t work unless we do.

  52. Lina Ximena Garzon Avila

    The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  53. Judy

    All things are possible, everything is negotiable.

  54. Declan Stokes

    The task is to learn how to enjoy everyday life without diminishing other people’s chances to enjoy theirs.
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  55. Heidi Smith

    “Without rituals and routines, the urgent overtakes the important” Dr. Gordon Neufeld

  56. Muznah Fahim

    For me life is just struggle from embryonic stage to death. life is survival of the fittest and widest out the weakest. But then there is “HOPE” positivity which is shinning just like the shining star at the sky of our imagination.

  57. AD

    Be spontaneous…that is life!!! Joy lies in your unbridled self..

  58. Michelle Pang

    Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right. (Henry Ford).

  59. Dr. Saamdu Chetri

    At high school, I began to feel, despite one of the best athlete and sports persons,there could be someone unborn better than me, let that soul take my place on this earth. Wishes are good thoughts that do not always translate into reality; self realisation made me a better human being connected to existence and I see abundant ways to contribute to societal transformation for a saner world.

  60. Gwen

    Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life – the great Dolly Parton

  61. Gwen

    The days that make us happy make us wise, from John Masefield’s poem Biography

  62. Reza

    Hi Obosi. I agree, it is indeed true. Giving connects us to each others, creates social bonds, and makes our lives lovelier. Thanks for generously giving us your time and kindness.

  63. Obosi Abel Chibuzor

    True living is in giving, giving hope, love and meaning. Giving light by lightening up another’s world. However, this is only possible when one has experienced what true living is

  64. Anuradha J. Bakshi

    Life flows through me not from me.

  65. Edgar Medellin

    “In life, sometimes you have to take a couple of steps backwards to take one giant leap forward”.

    • Reza Zolfagharifartd

      Hi Edgar. Taking a step backward is about reflecting on our lives (self-reflection). It’s a way of assessing ourselves and our lives, and it gives us insight into our strengths, weaknesses, skills, achievements, problems, solutions, and most importantly into our values that are the sources of our happiness. I think it’s where Zsuzsanna’s mother drew (see comment on 05 Feb 16) her wisdom and serenity. Thanks to both of you for kindly sharing those quotes with us.

  66. Chandra Margaretha

    “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life
    But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first,
    some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid, then life would begin.
    At last it dawned upon me that these obstacles were my life”
    – Fr. Alfred D’Souza –

    • Reza Zolfagharifartd

      Hi Chandra. Thanks for this profound and meaningful quotation. I think we had this before, but it is so meaningful and relevant that we need to read it more often. It surely is a reflection of a part of my life. I hope its repetition is a wakeup call for those who are still waiting.

  67. Zsuzsanna Vitai

    “Today is that tomorrow you were so much afraid of yesterday!” My mother told me this and she meant that nothing is so bad as we think it would be and definitely we are able to cope. As she survivied WWII and starved after and had a difficult life, still she had a loving husband, my father and when she lost him she was able to find consolation and joy in the things she loved and in us her family.

  68. Hacer

    You’re not a drop in the ocean, you are entire ocean in a drop.

  69. Aðalheiður Jensen

    Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long term happiness to our lives – Dalai Lama-

  70. nick

    Just think of what could go right; not what could go wrong!

  71. Hacer

    “When we contemplate the duration of the universe, we see it limited to the present moment, which is nothing more but the point which separates two infinities of time. The past and the future are as meaningless as if they did not exist. Is anyone more misguided than the man who barters an eternal future for a moment which passes quicker than the blink of an eye?”.”
    ——— Ibn Hazm Al Andalousi

  72. Sonam

    I find the best way to love someone is not to change them instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves. By Steve Maraboli

  73. Fauzan Hakim

    Every wound will shape me
    Every scar will build my throne
    -Bring Me The Horizon

  74. Raine Winn

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, Who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. we are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson.

  75. Gargee

    “Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
    – Thích Nhất Hạnh
    “There is always something to be grateful for.”
    – Rhonda Byrne

  76. Rose

    “What other people think of you is none of your business, it’s all about their reality, not yours”

  77. Hrönn Grímsdóttir

    See life as it is, but focus on the good bits (action for happiness)

  78. Daltro Lucena Ulguim

    I like this quote from Jorge Larrosa, Spanish philosopher, writing in his book Pedagogy Unholy Twists and Masquerades:.. “Tell thyself thy own story and burning it as soon as you’ve written Do not be not to the extent thatIt can not also be any other way. Remember your think of your future and walks to your childhood “(1999, p. 41).

  79. Carol

    Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.
    – C.S. Lewis

  80. Francis Pitcharan

    All our peace in this miserable life is found in humbly enduring suffering rather than in being free from it. He who knows best how to suffer will enjoy the greater peace, because he is the conqueror of himself, the master of the world, a friend of Christ, and an heir of heaven. (Thomas A. Kempis in The Imitation of Christ Book II, chapter-3)

  81. Sophie Francis

    “I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.” Walt Whitman
    Not a quote from the positive psychology cannon, but one of the most magical and affirming about the abundance of potential and strength in us.

  82. Steve Seliger

    One of my favorites:
    “Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle.
    Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.
    Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his.
    Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons. Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light.
    Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties.
    Every Warrior of the Light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no.’
    Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved.
    That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.”
    ― Paulo Coelho

    • Lara Samojlenko

      Nice 🙂

  83. Karen

    Enjoy the little things in life …… for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.

  84. Luis A. Marrero

    Luis Marrero’s Favorite Quote:
    “Mankind does not suffer from a lack of answers. rather, it suffers despite the answers being available.” ~ Luis A. Marrero

  85. Smitha

    Wisdom emerges in the space around the words as much as from the language itself

  86. Ezeewiles

    No need to grief over what happened in the past. It is just a history. A good lesson to learn, but not to be repeated in the present nor future. No need to memorise but should always be ready to share…
    My own quote

  87. Kaylene CAHILL

    “Do not ask what you expect of life. Ask what life expects of you” (Frankl, 1984)

  88. Letitia

    The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. Through a difficult period you can learn; you can develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problems.
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  89. Cecilia

    The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships….
    * Tony Robbins

  90. Sunitha Mathai

    “When you appreciate the good, the good appreciates.”
    – Tal Ben-Shahar

  91. Lara Samojlenko

    “So, Solomon, what’s next?” Sara asked excitedly, understanding that Solomon can see clearly into the near and distant future.
    More, Solomon said simply.
    “More of what?” Sara asked.
    More of whatever you give your attention to.
    Sara laughed. “Oh, yea. It’s always that way isn’t it?”
    It is, indeed, my friends. It always has been, and it always will be.
    -Sara Books (Esther & Jerry Hicks)

  92. koye

    “We know what we are but not what we may be.” Shakespeare (Hamlet)

  93. Shilpa Jasubhai

    You don’t have to have a plan for life, just go with the flow and trust that you’ll be taken to where you need to go.
    -Steven Aitchison

  94. Mary Jacob

    LIFE GOES ON……. Whether you choose to move on and take a chance in the unknown.
    Or stay behind locked in the past, thinking of what could have been.

  95. aimee

    “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”
    ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

  96. Marjan Nijkamp

    Don’t let the world change your smile.
    Let your smile change the world.

  97. Lin Wilder

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift…that is why they call it ‘the present'” – Unknown

  98. Hiyam

    Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
    Viktor E. Frankl

  99. Greg Bleakley

    You can’t enjoy the next chapter of a book if you keep re-reading the previous one

  100. Terpsi Alexiadou

    “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts”by Marcus Aurilius.

  101. Gilbert Brenson Lazan

    “I am who I am bien right now, which his the result of my internal and external conversations.”

  102. Sílvia

    No matter what they do to me, what matters is WHAT I DO with what they do with me!(Jean Paul Sartre)

  103. Jane Perry

    “hope is…a dimension of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizon. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out”
    Vaclav Havel, the former leader of the Czech Republic, 1936-2011.

  104. krina

    Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile 🙂

  105. Dania Dbaibo

    My favorite quote & motto:
    “The only thing I’ll ever allow to bring me down is… the elevator 🙂 ”
    ~ Dania Dbaibo Darwish

  106. Jennifer Jimbere

    ” If you want others to be happy practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion.”
    `The Dalai Lama

  107. Jenny Chen

    There is no such things as “real life”.
    We need to live here and now! When you take each moment as a real life, you are having the “Real Life”!

  108. Marian Moore

    A favourite PP quote is:
    *Quotable Quote
    A grandfather was talking to his grandson, telling him, “I have two wolves barking inside of me. The first wolf is filled with anger, hatred, bitterness and mostly revenge. The second wolf inside of me is filled with love, kindness, compassion and mostly forgiveness.” “Which wolf do you think will win?” the young boy inquired. The grandfather responded, “Whichever one I feed.” (Anon)

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Marian. Thanks for the American Indian folk wisdom. This legendary story has been quoted in a number of ways and it’s an intriguing way of talking about our emotions. But I think, it’s marred with two common fallacies. One is about simply dichotomising emotions to good and bad (positive or negative). And the other, an implicit hopelessness regarding our ability to control them or to choose which one dominate our lives. I like to think of my emotions as welcome instincts that help me navigate my life, rather than untamed beasts.

  109. Steve Uhlenbrock

    “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.”

  110. Valeria Bilby

    “One of the most important skills in life is this: learn to observe your thoughts.”
    – Valeria Bilby
    Yeah, I quoted myself.

    • Paige

      People treat us the way that we let them….

  111. Athena

    ‘Tomorrow is another day.’ from . I am not an optimist in a strict sense but I guess people need love and hope to carry on.

  112. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Julie, Hi Eleanor. I can see your point, and we may not be even consciously aware of it. Thanks for sharing your insight.

  113. Angela Mayers

    For I speak and write purely from a heart fill of love….to unite and not to separate the things set with pure love….AAM.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Angela. Thanks for sharing your visions, so lovingly.

      • Angela Mayers

        Hi Reza, Thanks for the comment.
        It is always great to share a vision, but when it is shared it is important that those whom you will work with to implement it, clearly understands your vision, only then can the results be successful and greatly appreciated……AAM

  114. Angela Mayers

    A new day is given to stop thinking about the yesterday that passed and had so little in it to retrieve. May each day onward become the most positive day you will ever live…..AAM.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Angela. It’s a nice wish with a tinge of hope, but it also suggest a reverberating sense of disappointment. Is AAM your signature? Would you like to tell us more about it?

      • Angela Mayers

        Yes, Reza, AAM means Angela A. Mayers. I love to write and believe it is a gift that is inspired by my love for God and all of His creation; concerning the above quotation the words just came to me and I thought it was profound, for even at that moment something was troubling me from the previous day, and when those words came to me I immediately realized that there was nothing I could do about what took place yesterday, for yesterday had gone into the past, it would be my choice only, if I continued allowing yesterday’s problems to wear me down, here I am living today, this was my opportunity to make today better than yesterday, and I intended to do so, my positive mindset today will set the stage for accomplishing greater today than yesterday, the actual experience of moving on to do better excites me. Doing the best that I can, always leave that energy within me that both question and challenges my ability to move towards a further distance of achievement, so as you speak about disappointment I now see it as just merely a pebble thrown in front of me even though it is a mountain, and I will now kick it aside and move on to the next, so what if I could not get over it yesterday, today is the day for me to get it right, what I worry about yesterday I am stronger today to fix, that is the reason why I am still here, I will not linger on in the mood of hopelessness and fear, we human beings are resilient, we were not given a spirit of fear by our Creator, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, to step over the mountain as if it were a pebble too, that is why I am so excited by the effect of Positive Psychology for I know it will bring hope to the hopeless. Thanks to you Seph and your wonderful team, for the opportunity to share in this experience.

  115. Judy Krings

    Hi, Seph,
    My quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
    Thanks so very much, dear Seph.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Judy. How do you interpret this quote? I’m not sure if I really get the intended message. By the way, whose quote is it? Is it yours?

  116. Edye Groseclose

    Every morning the day is reborn among the newly blossomed flowers
    with the same message retold and the same assurance renewed:
    That death eternally dies, that the waves of turmoil are on the surface, and that the sea of tranquility is fathomless.
    — Rabindranath Tagore

    • Reza

      Hi Edye. It sounds very poetic and it feels calming. Thank you.

  117. Deena

    “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
    ― John Lennon

  118. laurence yap

    Develop your beautiful mind by focus on the good of others, the beauty of the world and literature and the wonder our nature. Little by little, your world will overflow with joy and happiness to influence the world around you.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Laurence. I totally agree with you. Focusing on the good of others, what a nice way of creating, happiness and love.

  119. Jim K

    “I must invent a system of my own or be enslaved by another man’s” William Blake

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Jim, I take it to be more of a system of mind, attitude, and beliefs. Is it what you also understood of this thought provoking quote of William Blake?

  120. Mehvish nazir

    If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you Mehvish – great quote.

  121. Maryam

    Stay Calm inspite of ever difficult moment and motivate your self for future goodhappenings. Donot Dispair at any cost…….

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Maryam. Good advice. But for me it’s almost impossible!

  122. Xi

    When I see this one, I know this is the one:
    “Love For a cause not applause.
    Live to express,not to impress.
    Live by choice,not by chance.
    Make changes,not excuses.
    Be motivated,not manipulated.
    Work to excel,not to compete.
    Listen to your inner voice
    For therein lies the answer to life worth living”
    — Muhammad Nauman’s favourite quote.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Xi. Very wise words, indeed. Thank you.

  123. Amy Conley

    Do something every day that scares you.
    Happiness is not a goal; it’s a by-product.
    With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
    It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Amy. I like these four quotes. Whose quotes are they?

    • Amy Conley

      These are all quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt.

      • Julie

        my daughter is called Eleanor – because I love her quote ‘nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent’ I like these other quotes mentioned here too – thank you for sharing them

  124. Amy Conley

    Eleanor Roosevelt inspires me daily.
    We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
    People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
    Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
    Do one thing every day that scares you.

  125. LLynne

    “Right sizing is ridding your life of what you don’t need,
    don’t use, don’t find beautiful. It’s bringing it down
    to the essence of what makes you happy and then
    jettisoning the rest because it just becomes a ball and chain.”
    Victoria Vargas

  126. Alberto

    My positive psychology quote is recognized in each one of you a big opportunity that understand all I can learn about the life
    thank you all for all those vitamins for the soul

  127. Frank Hebert

    I post a “thought of the day” each day at work and the one I found today is my new favorite!
    “Light yourself on Fire with Passion and people will come from miles around to watch you BURN. – John Wesley

    • Reham Al Taher

      Excellent quote Frank! Here’s one to follow suit: In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
      It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
      —Albert Schweitzer

  128. Dr. Nivedita

    “Karmanyevadhikaraste ma phaleshu kadachana”
    The famous quote from the great epic’Bhagwad Gita’ motivates us to do good Karmas and rest assured that remaining things will fall in place itself.This is the basic insight which leads to positive approach.Do good and receive good.This thought and beleif itself is motivational.

  129. Renata

    “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”
    Marcus Aurelius

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Cool quote Renata! It goes hand in hand with the quote: “the mere thought of a behavior tends to lead to the performance of it”. Cheers 🙂

  130. Yatin

    My little additions to the wonderful collection
    Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
    If we just wanted positive emotions, our species would have died out a long time ago.
    Martin Seligman

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Cool quotes Yatin. Real classics that were missing on this page.
      Hey – I’m not sure whether you can tell, but I updated this page yesterday. The color of the quotes is darker, which makes them easier to read and I moved some of the best ones to the top. Let me know what you think!

  131. Bruce Miller

    ” If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ”
    Dalai Lama

  132. Sandra van Mameren

    ‘Iedereen doet wat ie doet met een goede reden’
    ( ‘there’s a good reason behind every act’)
    – Steve de Shazer, quoted elsewhere (and quoted here in own words)
    Helpful words, in my opinion, because they counter judgement of the person. Everybody, at any time, has a good reason to do what he does: otherwise, the act would not have taken place.
    Regarding the acts of others: With the same genetical constitution, the same experiences, and under the same circumstances, I might have done what you did.
    Regarding my own actions: this was my solution at that moment. Even when, looking back, I had rather behaved in another way: I had a good reason. Even though I may not be aware of what the reason might be.
    Accepting this on a deep level, helps me to be mild to myself. It reduces guilt, fear and selfjudgement. As well as the judgement of others.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Amor fati, right Sandra 😉 ?

  133. Rosemary Smith

    “When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity.”
    – Martin Seligman

  134. Chandra

    Like to share a quote by Kahlil Gibran on Children
    Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
    You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

  135. Kreysel

    Thank you Seph for sharing so wonderful words and thoughts!

  136. Gosia

    Quote I live my life by: “Those who give never lose” by Lama Ole Nydhal
    Even in the darkest hour when I remember to be generous in my attitude I can overcome feeling of defeat, of feeling a victim or weak. That’s how the real strenght grows, against the odds…

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Love it Gosia. Thanks for sharing that quote 🙂

  137. Reham Al Taher

    “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid pain. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious”-Carl Jung
    “We are reflections of the things we seek, but we only find the things that are reflections of ourselves.”-T.H. Tessera

  138. Nick

    “If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror.” — Shane Koyczan

  139. Keren Chen

    My quote: It’s not who you that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.

  140. Irina

    It’s a truly wonderful post. To tell the truth I have many favorite quotes. This is one of them: “You fail only if you stop…” (Ray Bradbury)

  141. Raquel Macedo

    “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up” – Paul Valery

  142. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Faline, I agree with you that even if the quote has been posted everywhere, it deserves to be repeated again. I am a fan of Gandhi and once I said that he was a true positive psychology practitioner. Below is another of his magnificent quotes that I’d like to repeat.
    Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
    Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviours.
    Keep your behaviours positive because your behaviours becomes your habits.
    Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
    Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
    Mahatma Gandhi

  143. Faline Jett

    My quote would be:
    Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Ghandi.
    The quote has been posted everywhere but if we really think about change, it has to start in ourselfves as a force for good to propel us forward.

  144. Teresa M Finch

    I have a zillion favorite quotes. Here is one I happened upon today that I thought was interesting…. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

  145. Sama

    These are some of my favorites:
    Reaching beyond where you are is really important.
    Martin Seligman
    There are physical characteristics which are inherited. These include things like good looks, high intelligence, physical coordination. These attributes contribute to success in life, and success in life is a determinant of optimism.
    Martin Seligman

  146. Gereon Lex

    I also like the following quote:
    !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
    It says that optimism is a good thing in life but you should neglect other parts of it.

  147. Helena

    If you want to attract happy, positive things….become a happy, positive person! Work from the inside out!

  148. Helena

    Look up to the sky. You’ll never find rainbows if you are looking down- Charlie Chaplin

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Beautiful! 🙂

  149. vahideh

    hi seph
    how are you?
    I think that:
    When we will win that
    we change our attitude,
    and learn to look at the positive things and try to make something good out of something bad, When we learn to see success our fail, and when we learn to see the ugly thing as beautiful, when we learn to understand bad things Instead of complaining about them. we will get a lot of things and so we can be Successful.
    I like these
    Our happiness in life is based on three principals:
    Yesterday’s Experience
    Benefiting the present
    And Hope for Tomorrow
    The destruction of our lives are also based on three principles:
    Regret for Yesterday
    Wasting Today
    Fear of Tomorrow
    Do not just luck man, try to keep valuable human.
    Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you are satisfied with the work that you do, you will succeed.
    The successful man is one who is able to work with the bricks that others throw’ve base and strong foundation to build.
    The first key to success is self-confidence.
    Sooner or later, those who win, believe in their ability.

  150. Matt Stewart

    Thank you for the excellent Positives
    Good timber does not grow with ease:
    The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
    The further sky, the greater length;
    The more the storm, the more the strength.
    By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
    In trees and men good timbers grow.
    Douglas Malloch

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Thanks a lot Matt. This quote resonates loud, echoing the secret of true strength and the reason why strength base approaches are so successful in positive psychology.

  151. Ally Cappiello

    Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
    Napoleon Hill

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      I like this quote by Napoleon Hill. It captures the entire philosophy of the power our beliefs in a short sentence. Thank Ally.

  152. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Michaela
    Thanks for sending us Dorothy Law Nolte’s poem. It’s exactly sixty years since the poem was first published. This poem has been used and quoted frequently around the world since then, in the context of education and child development. She has indeed been a great pioneer of educational positive psychology decades before positive psychology became a scientific discipline.
    And, I am sure a hundred years from now, and millennia thereafter, your priceless legacy will live on, not only through your family but also through cherished contributions like this that will touch the lives of many on this beautiful planet.

  153. Ric

    To be free and to be happy and pursuit of the good fulfilling life , find our bliss, find flow in all aspects of our life and to be of service to our fellow men as life is about the journey and is not about the destination.
    A focus on continuously improving our life by improving our thoughts.
    To be the best that we can be.
    To be receivers of ideas that can help improve living.

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Ric. Thanks for the nice words. We are interested to know the source or sources of your quotes. Have a nice day.

      • Ric. Quijano

        Thank you very much Reza. I am glad that you liked it.
        I wrote it one night over a year ago while I was trying to find myself.

  154. Michaela

    I like these
    One hundred years from now
    It won’t matter
    What kind of car I drove
    What kind of house I lived in
    How much money I had in the bank
    Nor what my cloths looked like
    The world may be a little better
    Because, I was important
    In the life of a child.
    AND : –
    If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
    If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
    If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
    If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
    If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
    If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
    If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
    If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
    If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
    If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
    If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
    If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
    If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
    If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
    If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
    If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
    If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
    If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
    If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

  155. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi David
    I’m impressed by the scope, depth and emancipative tone of your spirituality. As an Iranian, I’ve the advantage of reading the Masnavi in Farsi but I like to refer you, Seph and our other interested readers to the following link that takes you to an abridged translation of the Masnavi-e-Manavi by the great Rumi.

  156. David

    I don’t know . I wondered myself . I found this in a book I return to for inspiration , The Difficult Art ,A critical Discourse on Psychotherapy , Aldo Carotenuto . I also thought this is existential and perhaps a bit fatalistic , but I love it . I’m intrigued by the Zen approach to emptiness and here I think nothing could replace emptiness . I am always taking verse out of the context in which it belongs and this is no exception . He is talking about relationship . ” And if it was destiny that guided our steps , a sort of interior fate which we might interpret as unconscious determination , we can do no more than respect , in all it allusive value , the mystery of the encounter .
    Your comment reverberates with me also – that faith – whatever that has come to mean is both inside us and outside too . We search for symbols of this mystery that can’t be told . And when we find them there empty . Love has been the guide – our love for each other and the search which found meaning by way of love . Forgive me , I’m something of a contemplative and so am grateful for the practical insights and grounded logic that Positive Psychology has provided me . Yes , we have to find our own way … I also think he is talking about overcoming the ego and finding the faith that resides within us without reference to dogma and tradition . So for me personally these few lines are somewhat of a meditation . Thank you .

  157. David

    We searched for a guide other than your love : there was none .
    We searched for a companion other than your Symbol: there was
    Tell me what search you desired ,
    so that we may search, but we found nothing: there was nothing .
    Gialal ad-Din Rumi

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Absolutely marvelous this quote, David. I jotted it down right away.
      It seems to refer to faith in a’big other’, but in the end, it’s more of an existential poem that a religious one. We have to create our own faith and find our own path, instead of having them be imposed upon us. At least, that’s my interpretation 🙂
      I couldn’t find this qoute anywhere online by the way. Do you know from which of Rumi’s works this quote comes?

  158. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Chris. The art of introspection is one of oldest and yet most of us are novices in soul-searching. The great Nisargadatta Maharaj was a remarkable thought leader and his words deserve profound contemplation. Thanks for making us think deeper by writing his words.

  159. Fenna van der Molen

    Love your post and all the replies. Can you you make a downloadable, printable version of this page or is this to much to ask?
    My fave is: You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
    It is said that this quote comes from Cristoffer Columbus but I am not sure about that.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      That is such a great idea Fenna! I’ll get right on it and create, upload that PDF asap and give you a heads up about it. Alright?
      I’ll make sure to include yours, as it is really beautiful as well and does a great job in explaining what the character strength of courage is all about.
      Cheers, Seph

  160. chris phillips

    wisdom tells me I am nothing. love tells me I am everything. Between these two my life dances. Nisargadatta Maharaj

  161. David

    I don’t have a favorite but I keep coming back to Merton . “We are made in the image of what we desire .”

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi David. Merton’s words resonates in our minds because people go to extreme to protect or to stay true to what they value. It shows, how intensely our core values affect our behaviours and shape our lives. I think that’s same as having a favourite! Thank you. Stay in touch. We love to hear more from you.

  162. Hildur Katrin

    Hi to you all,
    Thank you Seph for the resources and work you put in this – inspiring:)!
    One of my favourite quotes is “Draw your own map” by Yoko Ono

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Like that quote Hildur! (How) do you personally live by that quote?

  163. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Barbara. Of course, Dr Lyubomirsky is one of the most influential researchers in the field of positive psychology. But her uniqueness is partly because of numerous short excerpts from her books and her talks that are now amongst the most famous quotas about happiness. And you definitely selected two of her best.

  164. Barbara Fischer

    „There isn‘t one way to happiness, there are MULTIPLE ways“. by Sonjy Lyubomirsky
    „Happiness does not come from outside of us; it dwells withing.“ by Sonjy Lyubomirsky

  165. Claude Renaud

    Yes, I like haiku’s though their meanings tend to elude the majority. So, I don’t use them to inspire thought in my day to day interactions.

  166. Claude Renaud

    My favorite quote:
    “After the ten-thousandth time, yet a beginning.”
    Japanese Proverb
    It means that no matter how many times we do a thing, we can change or learn a new way to do it.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Great quote Claude. It’s really powerful.
      Do you like haiku’s as well by the way?

  167. Sanja Stanković

    “The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see!”
    Seph, thank you for the positive energy that you’re sharing with us! 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Right back at you Sanja! 🙂
      It’s nice to see that you’re so involved and hey – great quote!

  168. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Anne. Thanks for sharing Marilyn Monroe’s quote with us. I too believe that everything happens for a reason. Nonetheless, we need to be careful about the reasons we attribute to the events. Remaining open-minded and moderately optimistic has proved more helpful. I do not fully agree with the late Ms Monroe, but there are deep meanings in her words. Please share again. We love to hear from you.

  169. Anne Anthonia Baroi

    “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  170. L. E. Duncan

    “The important thing is to firmly fix our gaze on our own weaknesses, not run away from them, but to battle them head-on and establish a solid self that nothing can sway. Hardships forge and polish our lives, so that eventually they shine with brilliant fortune and benefit. If left in its raw, unpolished form, even the most magnificent gem will not sparkle. The same applies to our lives.” -Daisaku Ikeda

    • Reza Zolfagharifard

      Hi Duncan. Thanks for sharing Ikeda’s quote with us. It’s quite thought provoking. I agree to the extent that we need to be aware of our weaknesses, try to put them right and remain resilient in the face of adversity. However, positive psychology (PP) has a somewhat different view on how we can overcome our weaknesses and build resilience. PP recommends focusing and using our strengths, remaining hopeful and staying close to our circle of support.

  171. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Ahmad. I like your quote from Hafez the grate Iranian poet and philosopher. My mother tongue is Farsi and I can see the expanse of meaning that this verse is calling us to. Please tell us more about yourself and bring us more of such traditional wisdom. Please also use our Facebook and Twitter to make your contribution. We love to read them. Best of luck to whatever you’re doing now.

  172. ahmad

    we need to love and forgiveness all human being in this century.hafez said:
    درخت دوستی بنشان که کام دل به بار آرد -نهال دشمنی برکن که رنج بی شمار آرد
    what will be alive except love?

  173. tarcisio Melo

    Dear Seph,
    My name is Tarcisio Melo from Brazil and I would like post my favorite quote.
    “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good things comes to you, and gives thanks continuoslly and because all things have contribuited to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Dear Seph, Thank you for wonderfull work in the field of Positive Psychology. With gratitude,
    Tarcisio Melo

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Cheers Tarcisio. Thank you for your wonderful addition 🙂

  174. Cecille Ramos-Carlos

    “Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may be falling into pieces.”

  175. yangchen lama

    Hi everyone,
    Studies have shown time and again that the human intelligence can be molded upon in the right direction(i.e.engaging in positive thoughts,perception,feeling and action),with a great deal of passion for learning and the enthusiasm to practice in a consistent manner for a long period of time.In that context,I think these enlightening quotes carry deep meaning and insights that are very true for our daily engagement and purpose.Hence, if we can understand and incorporate the meaning behind these quotes in our subconscious,it can help us in living a contentment life.

  176. Masing

    Hi Seph,
    Thank you so much for posting such inspiring quotes. I read the quotes and its stuck to my mind. I certainly can relate the quotes and i am pretty sure all other can too. These quotes can enrich our thoughts, feelings and way of thinking about life and surrounding.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      You’re welcome Masing, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great day! 🙂

      • Dhruti

        Hi Seph,
        Thanks a lot for sharing inspiring quotes. My favorite quote”Better than a thousand words, is one word that brings peace – Buddha

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Beautiful Dhruti, thanks 🙂

  177. Zahra

    “If Light is in your Heart,you will find your way home” (Rumi)
    one more

    • ahmad

      and its light is iman

  178. Kirra Krisch

    Hi Seph,
    Thank you so much for posting each wonderful quote!! A quote that has been inspiring for me lately is “You are not your thoughts, you are the awareness of your thoughts” which I heard at a mindfulness workshop. Hope you are well in Maastricht!

  179. Vel

    Ofcourse Mr.Seph..! Expressed what felt inner to exp..!! Thank you..!!!

  180. Divina Naoe

    Hi! Thank you for reminding me that I have to at least share something that inspires me and others as well. This is it–
    If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
    Billy Cox Motivation

  181. Scarlet

    “Yo le sonrio a la vida” – Dr.Yolanda Ernst,excelente Pediatra Oncóloga. Tiene 2 significados el de ella y el mio. El de ella es que la vida es un espejo y si la miras sonriendo, la vida tambien te sonreirá. Mi significado, es que la vida es un milagro y estoy feliz de verlo; el ver sonreir y correr a un niño, la felicidad de una pareja de enamorados, las flores y árboles crecer tanto como pueden hacia la luz, los animalitos que juegan, es maravilloso ver la vida en plena acción.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Beautiful Scarlet. Real beautiful. I’ll put the English translation of the quote and your interpretation below, for those of us who don’t speak Spanish.
      “I smiled to life” – Ernst Dr. Yolanda excellent Pediatrician Oncologist. This quote has two meanings – hers and mine. Hers is that life is a mirror and if you look at it smiling, life will smile too. My meaning is that life is a miracle and I’m happy to see him ; smile and run to see a child, the happiness of a couple in love, flowers and trees growing as much as they can towards the light, the animals playing, it’s wonderful to see life in action.

      • Scarlet Pinoé

        Hi Seph, I got distracted, thanks for the translation. Here you are what I intended to say.
        “I smile to life” – Dr. Yolanda Ernst, excellent Pediatrician Oncologist. This phrase has 2 meanings hers and mine. Her meaning is life is a mirror and if you look smiling, life will smile back to you. My meaning is life is a miracle and I’m happy to see it; be able to watch a child smiling and running, the happiness of a couple who are in love, flowers and trees growing as much as they can towards the light, animals playing, it’s wonderful to see life in action.

  182. Vel

    # ACCORDING TO GREAT SOCRATES: “Unexamined life is not worth living”
    “Happiness is obtainable by human effort”
    # MEANING IN LIFE : *Purpose , *Value , *Efficacy , *Self-worth
    # PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS : “(Positive Psycho-mantra) harmonizes various parts of our soul. The key to happiness, is to turn attention away from the body and towards the soul.”
    • All human beings naturally desire happiness
    • Happiness is obtainable and teachable through human effort
    • Happiness is directive rather than additive: it depends not on external goods, but how we use these external goods (whether wisely or unwisely)
    • Happiness depends on the “education of desire” whereby the soul learns how to harmonize its desires, redirecting its gaze away from physical pleasures to the love of knowledge and virtue
    • Virtue and Happiness are inextricably linked, such that it would be impossible to have one without the other.
    • The pleasures that result from pursuing virtue and knowledge are of a higher quality than the pleasures resulting from satisfying mere animal desires. Pleasure is not the goal of existence, however, but rather an integral aspect of the exercise of virtue in a fully human life.
    o Finally, as we know., HAPPINESS- NEUTRAL- SADNESS are the 3-vital modules in one’s behaviour. The first two modules resemble as our wise shield within the society.
    o But Not rejecting the other, Sadness is one’s inner feel of touch, of-course of equal importance at perspectives.
    o ‘Like to be deep fitted in any of the wise field as we are in ofcourse- thereby to influence our curiosity in our field- for in order of reaching the peak.’

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you for sharing those extensive life lessons Vel! This is clearly not just some quote that you picked up somewhere. Did you collect this piece of wisdom yourself? I’m curious…

  183. ahmad

    Human beings are fellow members of the same body. All of us are responsible to make our family and society happy.

  184. satvinder kaur

    “You need to be a little crazy to make others happy :)”

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Haha, I think I got the crazy part covered Satvinder, thank you very much. You should ask my girlfriend about that 😉

  185. Delvia Idola

    Hai Seph, it’s so inspiring to know you. Not about things you’ve created, but the way you did it.
    I have a favorite quote from anonym source. “Magical things only happen for you, who believe it. So never stop dreaming and never give up to catch everything”
    So, I believe I can meet you one day to learn from you and other inspiring people around.
    Sincerely 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      It’s great to see that you mention the way this page was created and I must admit that it has been an interesting process indeed Delvia. It was created by all of us; positive psychology enthusiasts from all around the world. That’s exactly the reason why I believe it has way more value to offer than if one person with one perspective from one single country would have put this all together. We’re so much stronger and wiser together.
      Who knows – we just might meet someday! Thank you for your kind words Delvia. 🙂

  186. Nadejda Kim

    Thank you for such inspiring quotes that you shared. Personally, reading and reflecting on those words of wisdom has become sort of a sacred morning ritual. Some argue that actions are more important than words, but I strongly believe that our actions are the inevitable consequences of our thoughts and state of mind. Reflecting on quotes can be compared to using the lifelong experiences of outstanding leaders who summarized it in a few sentences. I’m also inspired to further explore the biographies of those people, whose quotes I like. This is a good way for me to take a stand and engage in work or activities that make a difference. Here’s one of my favourite quotes.
    “This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  187. Juliana Amaral

    My favourite quote that like positive psychology applies to every field of study and every aspect of the human existence is from Karl Marx : “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”

  188. Mikael

    What small change by you, will change a lot for you?

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Interesting question Mikael. If I were to answer this question I think my answer would be related to the way in which I treat other people. Maybe being a bit more thoughtful every once in a while would allow my friends and family to feel just a little bit better about themselves and about our relationship.
      Thank you for making me reflect for a moment Mikael. What would be your answer to that question?

  189. Valerie Legge

    ” … you too have come into the world to do this,
    to go easy,
    to be filled with light,
    and to shine.”
    ~ Mary Oliver ~

    • ahmad

      its very exellent

  190. arafath

    My favorite quote, “Sometimes you just need to change the lens that you wear and see yourself as someone else. Now ask: are you happy to see yourself?”


    “We become what we think about”,,,,(Earl Nightingale)..

  192. Bryony

    What an inspirational set of quotes, thank you.
    A quote that speaks to me is ‘In attempting to avoid the pain of responsibility, millions and even billions daily attempt to escape from freedom.’
    This is put into context by this second quote ‘To be free people we must assume total responsibility for ourselves, but in doing so must possess the capacity to reject responsibility that is not truly ours.’
    Taken from M Scott Peck – The road less travelled

  193. Ansa Qurat-ul-ain

    “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
    ” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”
    ― Alexandre Dumas

  194. Nida Sajjad

    “Character is what you are in the dark”

  195. Sharon Piel

    “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things” – Unknown

  196. Hazel Joseph

    “A good life is one in which you attain PERSONAL FULFILLMENT through a sense of PURPOSE.” ~Adam Braun

  197. Wasif Muhammad Khan Durrani

    The more you lose in life gives you the space and capacity to gain more, As long as you live with this, you will automatically find bliss in every breath…

  198. Diem

    Thanks Seph for the quotes, here is my favorite I’d like to share: “Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it” – Boethius

  199. Jack Douglas Cerva

    Great work Seph, thanks for the quotes! I would like to suggest a great tool/book for positive psychology from a MOOC I am attending right now The Science of Happiness, UC Berkeley, The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. Lots of great quotes, more importantly lots of positive psychology (tested/validate) tools for building happiness. All the Best

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Uc Berkeley, GGSC and all of the speakers are doing a great job with that course, don’t you agree Jack? Most popular one in the history of MOOCS up until now I believe. The How of Happiness is definitely one of the must reads within this field. Thank you for drawing attention to it!

  200. kritika

    LOVE each other or PERISH. – by W.H. Auden

  201. Musafar

    “The way you think, defines everything.”

  202. Vera

    I wold like to share my favorite quote:
    “Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
    ― Maria Montessori

  203. ezhil.v

    You have always had the power

  204. Abigael Timbol

    I didn’t have a quote to send last week but thanks to this post, I think I just found my favorite inspirational quote (the one by Tyler Knott Gregson sent by Diana Luiza Mocanita). Thank you so much for this collection of quotes!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      You’re most welcome Abigael. Make sure to print them out and hang ’em up somewhere you come across in the morning for your daily piece of inspiration. That stuff helps 😉

  205. Anne Leong

    Hi Seph, what a beautiful compilation. Here is my fave
    “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” Elbert Hubbard
    Have a wonderful week!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Right back at you Anne! Thank you for your contribution.

  206. Vanda do Nascimento

    Hello my dear.
    First I want to thank Seph for this beautiful and useful initiative (could be beautiful and not useful ;)).
    And thank you all for contributing with phrases and stories so inspiring.
    I think it is very important to give an “injection” of hope to the saddest hearts, the most desperate minds. It is especially important for those who treat others, being in constant evolution. And for that, it is very important that we, we will help ourselves. I feel that this initiative will help both therapists and clients.
    I feel happy to be part of this group. I liked almost all of the phrases but Shehwar Shikoh, to me, makes much sense. Also I’ve been hopeless, I’ve also been in a bubble with no air … (Who has not been?).
    I congratulate you all and say to you: continue without giving up! The world needs this kind of love and dedication! … Love to all!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much Vanda. I always love reading your kind words.
      We see this don’t we? Teachers, coaches, therapists and other practitioners who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown because they’ve only been caring for others and have forgotten themselves in the process. I think it’s important to take care of your own body, of your own mind and to truly accept (and maybe even love) yourself, especially when you want to help others.
      Talk soon,

  207. wesal

    i don’t know if it’s a psychology quote or not , but

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      That’s why we need to choose our words carefully, right Wesal? I notice that especially when it comes to IM’ing, it’s easy to misinterpret someone message.
      It probably doesn’t count as a positive psychology quote, but a regular quote every now and then won’t hurt I believe 😉

  208. Judy

    My favorite positive psychology quote:
    “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
    Thanks so much, Seph,
    Judy Krings

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for being such an inspiration and source of positive energy Judy, as always 🙂
      How’s India by the way?

      • Judy

        Thanks for your kind words.
        India was a cacophony of never-ending color, excitement, texture, and flavors for the body and soul. The keynote at Amity University went very well, and house was packed. I was so grateful and they were all so very accommodating. Thanks so much for asking. I think It was multi-cutltural, and I think I was the only American, at least the only blonde. What fun to see them LOVE positive psychology and relationship-building. Humbly, they seemed to enjoy the fun ebook I wrote in their honor on how they can rev up their relationships adding pos psych applications.
        Nepal and seeing my family there was super-rewarding, too. Thanks for asking.

  209. mariam

    shoot for the moon so that even if you fail you’ll land among the stars .

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      🙂 Nice one Miriam

  210. Sharifa Siddiqui

    Thank you so much for this beautiful compilation! So many of them are absolutely new to me and I need to spend some time with them but it was important to thank you immediately 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      You’re most welcome Sharifa. Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate you leaving a comment!

  211. Mariangel

    Quotes and sayings are a truly deep source of inspiration and motivation. Sometimes our mind is full with everyday earrings, to do’s, and worries that we forget why are we doing them for, we forget to enjoy what we are doing, we forget where we are and how we got there, but most importantly we forget where we are going. Sometimes routine can take us as a hostage and take away our freedom, it can chain us to a desk,books,or simply to negative thoughts in our mind.The positive side of it is that we ourselves held the keys to unlock that chain and just be free. I believe that when we lack to recognize this fact is when quotes are more important, as they serve as a reminder that life is so much more than worries. Quotes are there to let us know that everything is going to be OK.
    I personally use quotes all the time to remind myself of this. I put them as background in my computer or my cellphone, as my profile picture in whatsapp, when I write a supportive message to someone, to close or open a paper that I’m writing, everywhere I can…you just never know who needs it more than you do. Is a simple way not just to remind yourself but to remind others that indeed things are there to be live and appreciated not to just pass them by.
    My biggest surprise was when I started using quotes in my work. I worked as a therapist, my approach is in positive solution focus techniques. We were taught to be creative with our interventions and trust that no matter what we did if it was positive we can never harm others, they will come out of the session feeling maybe the same as before, but never worse. And of course in the best scenario they will feel better. Therefore, I came up with the idea of having a bowl full with quotes, inspirational quotes about life. I used to invite my patients at the end of the session to take one quote from the bowl and just see if it worked for them. I was astonished with the results, every time it seem like a perfect match. My patients with read it and went home reflecting about it, they will sometimes do something related to them or share it with others, they will come to the next session saying “You know that quote got me thinking…”
    And that is the magic of inspirational quotes, they can make us think. Sure we are using our brain all the day in our daily activities, but we are not actually thinking, reflecting, admiring, using our brain to perceive things around us in a better way. Because we have that capacity, we can change things around us by changing how we think about them. And quotes allow us to do so.
    So we should never underestimate the power of a simple line or words.
    Here I leave you one of my favorite quotes:
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”-Marianne Williamson.
    Thank you for the quotes above, thank you for getting me to think…

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Mariangel, thank you for your wonderful story and sharing that positive psychology intervention (the quote bowl) with us!
      I think it’s a great idea that every coach, practitioner, teacher or therapist can easily apply. Let’s stay in touch! 🙂

  212. yangchen lama

    Hi Seph,
    I would like to add one more quote to this beautiful lists of quotes that you have just posted above.
    This quote came as a sudden thought to me and it resonates my perception towards life and accepting the downs or the difficulties of life and taking in every day. Hence, it goes as:
    “My life was not a bed of roses, isn’t a bed of roses and will not be a bed of roses and I am OK with it.”
    Acceptance is a crucial thing. I think accepting the reality of life, i.e life is always full of ups and downs and that things are impermanent and nothing lasts for long, be it good or bad,is very important and crucial for our consciousness. In its absence,our minds can dwell in the good times and not be able to cope when difficulties arise. Or, if our mind is stuck in the traumas of past, we cannot free ourselves from mental health issues such as depression.
    I hope you find my explanation of the quote revealing and relative to my quote.

  213. Kristen

    Seph your patience and dedication is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for your kind words Kristen. I look forward to meeting you this week!


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