101 of the Best Positive Thoughts

Whenever you need a boost to keep going, take a look at the positive thoughts in this article. You won't be disappointed.
101 of the Best Positive Thoughts
Sergio De Dios González

Written and verified by the psychologist Sergio De Dios González.

Last update: 29 August, 2023

In this article, we give you 101 of the best positive thoughts. Some are anonymous reflections while others were said by some of the most important characters in the history of mankind.

Reflecting on each statement and integrating them into your way of life will improve your personal growth. They’re short positive thoughts that are easy to remember and assimilate. Moreover, they’ll improve your self-esteem and give you real motivation in your daily routine.

Unforgettable positive thoughts

1. “A child who reads is an adult who thinks. An adult who reads is a child who imagines.”    Anonymous

2. “From the cradle to the grave, life is a school. That’s why the things you call problems are lessons.”    Facundo Cabral

3. “Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.”    Will Smith

4. “Change your focus from making money to serving more people. Serving more people makes the money come in.”  Robert Kiyosaki

5. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”    Oscar Wilde

Woman with positive thoughts smiling

6.“I am as I am and you are as you are, let’s build a world where I can be without ceasing to be me, where you can be without ceasing to be you, and where neither I nor you force the other to be like me or like you.”    Zelenny Ibarra

7. “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”    Bernard Williams

8. “All of us, with effort and discipline, have the ability to control our thoughts and actions. This is part of the process of developing spiritual, physical, and emotional maturity.”    Gordon B. Hinckley

9. Happiness can be found even in the darkest times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.”    Dumbledore, Harry Potter

10. “Fairy tales are very true, but not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that we can defeat them.”     Gilberth Keith Chesterton

11.If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.”    Pablo Neruda

12. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”     The Beatles

13. “If you truly love someone, then the only thing you want for them is to be happy.”    Anonymous.

14 . “If one day you feel sad and depressed, think that once you were the fastest sperm of all.”     Groucho Marx

15. Don’t live to make your presence noticed, live to make your absence felt.”     Bob Marley

Woman walking with positive thinking

16 . “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose.”      Steve Jobs

17.Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”     Anonymous

18. “If we do not overcome our fears: we will pass them on to our children.”     Bruce Lee

19. “Learn from those who love you, teach those who criticize you, liberate those who hate you, and take care of those who admire you.”    Anonymous

20. Break the bonds that hurt you but don’t damage the bonds that make you strong.”    Anonymous

21. “Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will evade you, but if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.”  Henry David Thoreau

22. “Sadness is not cried, it is overcome.”    Anonymous

23. The happy person never strives to possess much, he fully enjoys what he has , in quality not in quantity.”    Barnabas Tierno

24. “Successful people develop positive habits daily that help them grow and learn.”     John Maxwell

Woman smelling a flower with positive thoughts

25. Eternity is in our hands. Live in such a way that, when you leave, much of you will still remain in those who had the good fortune to find you.”    Anonymous

26. ” Don’t count the days, make the days count.”    Muhammed Ali

27. Instead of being a man of success, seek to be a man of value: the rest will come naturally.”     Albert Einstein

28. “If you only read books that everyone reads, you can only think what everyone is thinking.”     Haruki Murakami.

29. “The price of education is only paid once. The price of ignorance is paid for a lifetime.”    Anonymous

30. True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the fact of refusing to acquire it.”    Karl Popper

31. “Every person has the capacity to change himself.”      Albert Ellis

32. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”    Albert Einstein

33. There is a motive force more powerful than steam, electricity, and atomic energy: the will.”     Albert Einstein

34. “In our mad attempts, we renounce who we are for what we hope to be (and perhaps never will be).”    Anonymous

35. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”    Maya Angelou

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

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

38. “Turn the walls that appear in your life into stepping stones towards your goals.”


39. “Hearts can break, but the heart is the hardest of muscles, able to pump for a lifetime, seventy times a minute, and scarcely falter along the way. Even dreams, the most delicate and intangible of things, can prove remarkably difficult to kill.”    Neil Gaiman

40. “Your time is precious. Don’t waste it on someone who doesn’t realize that you are too.”     Anonymous

41. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”     Willie Nelson

42. “If you give up when the going gets tough, you’ll never achieve anything worthwhile.”    Anonymous

43. “The most important thing is to try to inspire people so that they can be great at what they want to do.”     Kobe Bryant

44. “A bird is safe in its nest, but its wings are not made for that.”    Anonymous

45. “If you are not making mistakes, then you are not doing anything. I feel positive because I make mistakes.”    John Wooden

46. “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”     Dale Carnegie

47. “The creation of a thousand forests is in an acorn.”     Ralph Waldo Emerson

48. “Sometimes we are so attached to our way of life that we reject wonderful opportunities simply because we don’t know what to do with them.”     Paulo Coelho

49. “Winners have a habit of making their own positive expectations in anticipation of events and what should be, can be.”     Nori Eloina

50. “Whatever ought to be, can be.”     James Rouse

51. “Nothing is more valuable than this day.”     Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

52. “I’ve been terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it stop me from doing just one thing I wanted to do.”     Georgia O’Keeffe

53. “It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”     Henry James

54. “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”    Maya Angelou

55. “The world is full of magical things that wait patiently for ingenuity to appear to grow.”     Bertrand Russell

56. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”     George Adair

57. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are faced with the challenge of changing ourselves.”    Anonymous

58. “The noble actions that are hidden are the most appreciated.”     Blaise Pascal

59. “We cannot let the limited perceptions of others end up defining us.”     Virginia Satir

60. “The best life is not the longest, but rather the one that is full of good deeds.”     Marie Curie

61. “One is not born, but rather, becomes a woman.”      Simone de Beauvoir

62. “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”     Rosa Luxemburg

63. “I paint myself because I am the one I know best.”     Frida Kahlo

64. “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”     Indira Gandhi

65. “It would be nice to be less curious about people and more about ideas.”     Marie Curie

66. “Living is like walking through a museum: that’s when you start to understand what you’ve seen.”     Audrey Hepburn

67. “The most revolutionary thing a person can do is always say out loud what is really happening.”     Rosa Luxemburg

68. “The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.”    Marilyn Monroe

69. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it is reflected in your gaze.”    Sophia Loren

70. “Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”     Mary Kay Ash

71. “In the dark, the things around us seem no more real than dreams.”     Murasaki Shikibu

72. “Freedom is always freedom for those who think differently.”     Rosa Luxemburg

73. “All that matters are those friends you call at 4 am.”     Marlene Dietrich

74. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”    Helen Keller

75. “When we can’t dream any longer, we die.”     Emma Goldman

76. “Life is the process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.” Anaïs Nin.

77. “Independence is happiness.”     Susan B. Anthony

78. “It is always the simple that generates the wonderful.”     Amelia Barr

79. “There is nothing more precious than laughter.”     Frida Kahlo

80. “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”     Virginia Woolf

81. “If you follow all the rules you miss all the fun.”     Katharine Hepburn

82. “Aging is not for the weak.”     Bette Davies

83. “Love is the difficult discovery that there is something beyond oneself that is real.” Iris Murdoch

84. “One never gets better, but different and older, and that is always a pleasure.” Gertrude Stein

85. “I do not see the misery there is but the beauty that still remains.”     Anne Frank

86. “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”     Maya Angelou

87. “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”     Jane Austen

88. “One never sees what has been done, but sees what remains to be done.”    Marie Curie

89. “Of the past we do not have to remember more than the pleasant.”     Jane Austen

90. “Finding joy in your work is like discovering the fountain of youth.”     Pearl S. Buck

91. “The more a person grows, the more he forgives.”     Catherine the Great

92. “I don’t care if a person is rich or poor: once she is my friend, she is always my friend.”     Charlotte of Prussia

93. “Never make decisions based on fear; make decisions based on hope and possibility.”     Michelle Obama

94. “Life is short: smile at those who cry, ignore those who criticize you, and be happy with those who matter to you.”     Marilyn Monroe

95. “Peace begins with a smile.”    Mother Teresa of Calcutta

96. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile!” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

97. “Let no one ever come to you without feeling better and happier.”     Mother Teresa of Calcutta

98. “When you’re through changing, you’re through.”     Martha Stewart

99. “On Earth there is no Heaven, but there are pieces of it.”    Jules Renard

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

101. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go beyond a great idea that inspires no one.”     Mary Kay Ash

Remembering and reflecting on these positive thoughts will give you strength and give you support you to achieve your goals.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.