36 Powerful Quotes on Staying Positive

This collection of quotes are all about why it’s important to stay positive in life. They are inspiring and encouraging.

We hear you. There’s a lot happening across the world right now, and it’s easy to feel a sense of doom and gloom.

But that’s not what you’re here for. You’re here to get a boost of positivity for yourself or someone else. To be reminded of the good in life.

When life gets tough, it’s important to stay positive. Positivity can help you get through challenges, and it can also make you happier and healthier.

Of course it’s easy to stay positive in the good times of life. However, it gets a little trickier to maintain positivity when we keep on feeling downtrodden and when things aren’t going well for us…

How do you stay positive in difficult times?

We can stay positive during difficult times by:

  • focusing on the good things in life,
  • looking for silver linings, and
  • remembering that these tough times will not last forever.

We can focus on the positive aspects of our lives when we absorb positive influences such as books, movies, tv shows, surround ourselves with positive people and look to inspiring quotes and sayings.

On the other hand, stay away from toxic people who complain and talk about problems instead of solutions.

Staying Positive Quotes

The following quotes all center around the theme of staying positive, and they come from a variety of people who have faced difficult times in life too.

We hope you find more than a few that speak to you and help to remind you to approach life with a positive lens. It certainly gets us further than a negative lens.



“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” Winston Churchill



“Stay positive, all other choices are pointless punishments to your psyche.” Joe Peterson



“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” Lee Iacocca



“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits” Mahatma Gandhi



“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” Robert H. Schuller



“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” Roy T. Bennett



“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” Thich Nhat Hanh



“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Joseph Campbell



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



“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” Mary Lou Retton



“You cannot change reality, but you can control the manner in which you look at things. Your attitude is under your own control. Weed out the negative and focus on the positive!” Helen Steiner Rice



“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” Zig Ziglar



“If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.” Widad Akrawi



“I’ve always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.” James Baldwin



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



“If you absolutely can’t stay positive, don’t go negative, just cruise neutral for a while until you can get back up.” Terri Guillemets



“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” Marla Gibbs



“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” Roy T. Bennett



“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” William James



“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” Maya Angelou



“A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.” Chuck Norris



“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” Paulo Coelho



“I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mind set gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.” Russell Wilson



“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” Germany Kent



“You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”  Mahatma Gandhi



“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” Brian Tracy



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



“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems.” Pat Riley



“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt



“It doesn’t matter what cards you’re dealt. It’s what you do with those cards. Never complain. Just keep pushing forward. Find a positive in anything and just fight for it.” Baker Mayfield



“Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not your liking, change your liking.” Rick Steves



“Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.” Roy T. Bennett



“I try and stay positive; being negative isn’t good for my personality. I don’t just bring myself down, I bring everyone around me down. It’s like a dark cloud, ‘Uh oh, here we go,’ and have to snap out of it.” Catherine Zeta-Jones



“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



“It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.” Ellen DeGeneres



“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” Marcus Aurelius



Remember, if you’re finding it hard to ‘stay’ positive, then it’s best to seek help. Ask a trusted friend, partner or family member for insight and speak to a professional where needed. Life is certainly challenging at times and there’s no harm in asking for help. Take care friend.

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