100 Positive Quotes

Fact-checked by Layla Saman
Updated on: February 21, 2023

One day you are a smiling kid running around in socks. Nothing stops you! The next day you are an adult juggling anxiety, a stressful job, economic issues, toxic relationships, and who knows what. Well, positive quotes are a tool you can use to uplift your mood. 

Benefits of reading positive quotes:

  • Keep high hopes when times are tough.
  • Help you identify when you need a break.
  • Remember the power of your mind.

You will find nuggets of quotes from great thinkers, successful entrepreneurs, famous artists, and more. To make it easier for you, we divided them into 4 categories.

Let's have a look! 

Positive quotes about life

Losing sleep? According to science, having positive thoughts and speech can decrease your anxiety. Did you know it? Find your favorite quote and add it to your daily inner dialogue.

  1. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
  2. “People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” – Harvey Mackay
  3. “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” – Les Brown
  4. “My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.” – Henry Rollins
  5. “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get." – W.P. Kinsella
  6. “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle
  7. “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
  8. “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
  9. “If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." – Dolly Parton
  10. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” – Philip Pullman
  12. “Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell
  13. “Every day brings new choices.” – Martha Beck
  14. “Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!” – Donna Karan
  15. “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” – Joyce Meyer
  16. “Every strike brings me closer to a home run.” – Babe Ruth
  17. “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James
  18. “There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” – Orison Swett Marden
  19. “Do anything, but let it produce joy.” – Walt Whitman
  20. “The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.” – Roy T. Bennett
  21. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  22. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn
  23. “One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
  24. “Positive energy and attitude is sexy to me.” – Mya
  25. “Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” – Jack Canfield

Positive quotes for students

Dealing with extracurriculars, school, or self-learning can be a struggle. These 25 positive quotes will help you to stay motivated and manifest more positive outcomes.

  1. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris
  2. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
  3. “Study the past if you want to intuit the future.” – Confucius
  4. “Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.” – Mason Cooley
  5. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
  6. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani
  7. “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Gail Devers
  8. “Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Edward Young
  9. “Learning is never done without errors and defeat.” – Vladimir Lenin
  10. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
  11. “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” – Ralph Marston
  12. “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” – Minor Myers Jur
  13. “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk
  14. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Karim Seddiki
  15. “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver
  16. “The man who does not read books has no advantage over the one who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain
  17. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King
  18. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” – Captain Jack Sparrow
  19. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott
  20. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
  21. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
  22. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller
  23. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
  24. “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” – Henry L. Doherty
  25. “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

Positive quotes for work

To succeed at anything is essential to stay motivated. Find quotes that bring you good vibes and a positive perspective to get things done. Your work matters! 

  1. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” – Thomas Carlyle
  2. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  4. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir
  5. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”– Lou Holtz
  6. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” – Karen E. Quinones Miller
  7.  “Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  8. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
  9. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” – Dalai Lama
  11. “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” – Elbert Hubbard
  12. “Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” – Byron Dorgan
  13. “Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.” – Chanakya
  14. “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – Viggo Mortensen
  15. “People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.” – Unknown
  16. “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.” – Jim Watkins
  17. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek, author
  18. “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
  20. “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall
  21. “Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!” – David O. McKay
  22. “Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.” – Horace
  23. “Failure is not the opposite of success: it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington
  24. “You are not your resume, you are your work.” – Seth Godin
  25. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley

Positive quotes about technology

Will AI dominate the world? The truth is, each time, technology offers exciting and new learning opportunities. So let's see its positive side and, above all, use it to do good.

  1. “It's not a faith in technology. It's faith in people.” – Steve Jobs 
  2. “Technology like art is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” – Daniel Bell
  3. “The great growling engine of change – technology.” – Alvin Toffler
  4. “Technology is like a fish. The longer it stays on the shelf, the less desirable it becomes.” – Andre Heller
  5. “Technology is not just a tool. It can give learners a voice that they may not have had before.” – George Couros
  6. “Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” – Arthur Schlesinger
  7. “To master a new technology, you have to play with it.” – Jordan Peterson
  8. “Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.” – Sam Ewing
  9. “The technology you use impresses no one. The experience you create with it is everything.” – Sean Gerety
  10. “Technology like art is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” – Daniel Bell
  11. “Technology is best when it brings people together.” – Matt Mullenweg
  12. “Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.” – Ginni Rometty
  13. “The human spirit must prevail over technology.” – Albert Einstein
  14. “Books don’t need batteries.” – Nadine Gordimer
  15. “The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” – B.F. Skinner
  16. “The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.” – John Lasseter
  17. “What did people do when they went to the bathroom before smartphones?” – Aaron Cobra
  18. “Sharing is good, and with digital technology, sharing is easy.” – Richard Stallman
  19. “We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick
  20. “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates
  21. “The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  22. “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.” – John F. Kennedy
  23. “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.” – Alfred North Whitehead
  24. “Biology is the most powerful technology ever created. DNA is software, protein are hardware, cells are factories.” – Arvind Gupta
  25. “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” – Sydney Harris

Jot down the positive quotes that resonate with you and post them somewhere visible, like your mirror or device's wallpaper. Then, try to read them daily, making them positive affirmations that can help you feel better and thrive.

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