Everyone has troubles and obstacles to overcome throughout life, but having a positive outlook can make all the difference. Looking at challenging situations with an optimistic perspective can help you to find solutions, progress, and success.

To help provide some extra positivity in your life, here are 100 quotes about the power of optimism, inspiration, and determination from inspiring figures throughout history.

These words of encouragement will let you turn any day around and make the most out of any opportunity.

So read on for words that will leave you feeling motivated and capable of achieving whatever comes your way!

  1. Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you. —Walt Whitman
  2. Life is tough, and things don’t always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives. – Suga
  3. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich
  4. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. — Chinese Proverb
  5. If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles. -Widad Akrawi
  6. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
  7. If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. – Pat Riley
  8. The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy. ‍— John Green
  9. Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.-Ava DuVernay
  10. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. -Christopher Reeve
  11. Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. – Tena Desae
  12. I just think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. -Drew Barrymore
  13. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. — Robin Williams
  14. Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abraham Lincoln
  15. You are enough just as you are. – Meghan Markle
  16. Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look. —Jodi Picoul
  17. Hope will never be silent.— Harvey Milk
  18. If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. – Thomas J. Watson
  19. You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. -Stephen King
  20. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
  21. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. —Tony Robbins
  22. You can have it all. Just not all at once.  —Oprah Winfrey 
  23. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. -Mae West
  24. Happiness is not by chance but by choice. -Jim Rohn
  25. Do good and good will come to you. — Adam Lowy
  26. It’s amazing. Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it. – Lindsey Vonn
  27. We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.— Dr. Maya Angelou
  28. Small steps motivate. Big steps overwhelm. -Maxime Lagacé
  29. Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. -Charlie Brown
  30. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt
  31. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Bagehot
  32. The next choice is the most important choice. — George Wells
  33. Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. – Roy T. Bennett
  34. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. -Mother Teresa
  35. If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  36. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed —Michael Jordan
  37. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive. – Maya Angelou
  38. To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks. -Bill Gates
  39. Take the first step. — Darius Fisher
  40. The things you’re waiting and hoping for tend to arrive at the most unexpected moments. — Unknown
  41. If it doesn’t make the world better, don’t do it.— Brad Montague
  42. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. — Anne Frank
  43. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot
  44. The first step is you have to say that you can. -Will Smith
  45. One small positive thought can change your whole day. – Zig Ziglar
  46. When you think positive, good things happen. – Matt Kemp
  47. Doubt is a killer. You have to know who you are and what you stand for. -Jennifer Lopez
  48. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. -Dolly Parton
  49. One small positive thought can change your whole day. – Zig Ziglar
  50. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle
  51. Perfect happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. — Chuang-Tse
  52. A positive attitude causes a chain of reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. – Wade Boggs
  53. To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. — Thich Nhat Hanh
  54. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. — Mae West
  55. I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.– Russell Wilson
  56. A problem is a chance for you to do your best. -Duke Ellington
  57. Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to grow externally. – Hannah Bronfman
  58. Say something positive, and you’ll see something positive. —Jim Thompson
  59. The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present. – Eckhart Tolle
  60. All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. —Earl Nightingale
  61. The less you respond to negative people, the more positive your life will become. – Paulo Coelho
  62. I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun. — Katherine Hepburn
  63. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.-Aesop
  64. Train your mind to see the good in every situation. —Unknown
  65. The most important thing is to look ahead. The past is your anchor. -Maxime Lagacé
  66. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. -Bertrand Russell
  67. Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful. – Hazrat Inayat Khan
  68. Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  69. Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not your liking, change your liking. – Rick Steves
  70. People are not sitting down, people are taking action. And women are at the forefront of these actions. — Joan Carling
  71. You do not find the happy life. You make it. —Thomas S. Monson
  72. Even if I don’t reach all my goals, I’ve gone higher than I would have if I hadn’t set any. — Danielle Fotopoulis
  73. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. – William James
  74. Positive anything is better than negative nothing. -Elbert Hubbard
  75. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi
  76. Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen. —Deep Roy
  77. Lead from the heart, not the head. -Princess Diana
  78. Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life. -Roy T. Bennett
  79. You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body. – Shawn Achor
  80. A winner is a dreamer who never gave up.-Nelson Mandela
  81. Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up. – Tupac
  82. Pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. -Paulo Coelho
  83. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
  84. There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it. — Amanda Gorman
  85. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. -Jonathan Safran Foer
  86. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. -Robert Schuller
  87. Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. — Marcel Proust
  88. When things go wrong, don’t go with them. — Elvis Presley
  89. Happiness is a warm puppy. — Charles M. Schulz
  90. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. -Marcus Aurelius
  91. Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter. — Bono
  92. Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. -John Lennon
  93. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James
  94. Happiness is not by chance, but by choice. – Jim Rohn
  95. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. — Maya Angelou
  96. Happiness is like jam. You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself. — Anonymous
  97. For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  98. The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. – Mark Twain
  99. Memories of our lives, of our works, and our deeds will continue in others. -Rosa Parks
  100. You ask me about the past, you ask me about the future, the only way to be happy is to be living right now. — Yvon Chouinard
  101. Perfect happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. — Chuang-Tse
  102. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. — Jackson Brown Jr.
  103. Whoever is happy will make others happy too. — Anne Frank
  104. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addai
  105. Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong. – Bab
  106. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. – Joseph Campbell
  107. A little progress each day adds up to big results. -Unknown
  108. Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things. – Joe Paterno

It is often said that life isn’t an easy journey. However, by tapping into our inner strength and looking at the world with positivity, we can overcome anything.

These 100 quotes about positivity showcased in this collection of insights illustrate just how powerful a positive mindset can be.

Whether it’s learning to accept what you cannot change or taking control of external factors, these quotes serve as inspiration and motivation for anyone looking to stay optimistic through life’s struggles.

The takeaway from all these quotes is clear: by staying connected to your inner courage and strength and actively choosing a positive perspective for every situation, even seemingly impossible tasks can be overcome with patience and perseverance.

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