Quotes to Keep you Positively Shining



He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy. George M. Adams


To be loved and trusted by those who know us best is life's greatest compliment. Jack Anthony


Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people. Mary Kay Ash

There are two things people want more than sex and money…recognition and praise. Mary Kay Ash

Accept yourself. Love yourself just as you are. Your finest work, your best moments, your joy, peace, and healing come when you love yourself. You give a great gift to the world when you do that. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves. Revel in self love. Roll in it. Bask in it, as you would the sunshine. Melody Beattie

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense out of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault


You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha


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 the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia


The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell

Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them. Richard Carlson

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward. Carol Channing

All that is worth cherishing begins in the heart. Suzanne Chapin

Appreciation and gratitude are a must if you choose to become the architect of increased happiness and your own fulfillment. Doc Childre


These are great days. Winston Churchill

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. Calvin Coolidge

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Margaret Cousins

Do not save your living speeches for your friends 'til they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead. Anna Cummins


In many ways, we were drugged when we were young. We were brought up to need people. For what? For acceptance, approval, appreciation, applause. Anthony de Mello


That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickenson

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. Isak Dinesen

Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change. Ralph Waldo Emerson


To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are not a beggar at the table of life. You are the honored guest. Emmanuel

Why are women immobile? Because so many feel like they’re waiting for someone to say, ‘You’re good, you’re pretty, I give you permission’. Eve Ensler


Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. Shakti Gawain

When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy. Samuel Goldwyn

Find the good – and praise it. Alex Haley

When you are praising, when you are appreciating, when you are acknowledging value, when you are looking for positive aspects, when you are laughing, when you are applauding, when you are joyous, when you are feeling that feeling of appreciation pulsing through you, in those times, there IS NO RESISTANCE within you. You are, in those moments, vibrationally up to speed with who you really are. Abraham-Hicks

Here is my wish for you and every other child, woman, and man on the face of the earth: Spend one week saying only kind, caring things to yourself. Say thank you at least ten times an hour, direct five toward yourself and five to the world at large. Compliment yourself (and others) each time an effort is made. Notice all the wonderful qualities and characteristics about yourself and those around you. One week. You will never go back. And your whole life will be a glorious meditation. Cheri Huber

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. William James


The applause of a single human being is of great consequence. Samuel Johnson

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched out human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. Carl Jung

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. George MacDonald


The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow into their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams. Sidney Madwed
Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated. Robert S. McNamara

Be a good-finder. Try to catch people red-handed in the act of doing something right. Bob Moawad

Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it. Florence Nightingale
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life. Christiane Northrup

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud. Creativity is now something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a life-style. Alex Osborn
I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you. Blaise Pascal
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. Mary Anne Radmacher
I am so glad you are here. It helps me realize how beautiful my world is.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
Carl Rogers
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
John Ruskin
Gratitude helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness, where we notice what's right instead of what's wrong. It makes us feel complete, that we have everything we need, at least in this moment. M. J. Ryan

Down deep we really know our worth, but we don’t have easy access to that knowledge. We need to hear praise coming from outside ourselves or we won’t remember that we deserve it. Barbara Sher
Look at everything as if you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Betty Smith
The art of life isn't controlling what happens, which is impossible; it's using what happens. Gloria Steinem
You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
Jom Stovall
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh
Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free-and worth a fortune. Sam Walton

I celebrate myself, and sing myself. Walt Whitman

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans.
Marianne Williamson

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’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t 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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

I live in the space of thankfulness – and I have been rewarded a million times over for it. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.
Oprah Winfrey

The rainbow comes and goes, and lovely is the rose. William Wordsworth
We live by admiration, hope and love. William Wordsworth



                                            ***Blessings***



A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
Joseph Addison


A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Joseph Addison


When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…all the good things.
Maya Angelou


There’s no disaster that can’t become a blessing, and no blessing that can’t become a disaster.
Richard Bach


Blessed is he who has found his work.
Thomas Carlyle


Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is. Amy Carmichael


Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch. Ramona C. Carroll

Envy is the art of counting another's blessings instead of your own.
Harold Coffin

Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything, This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.
Alan Cohen


Out of difficulties grow miracles.
Jean De La Bruyere


Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you....If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.
Emmet Fox


Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it’ll turn out that this was good, so I shan’t worry about it too much. William Gaines


Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
Elizabeth Gilbert


There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I'm going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts. Elizabeth Gilbert


God disguised as myriad things, and playing a game of tag has kissed you and said, "You're it. I mean you're really it. Now it does not matter what you believe or feel. For something wonderful, something major-league wonderful, is someday going to happen." Hafiz


Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Rabbi Abraham Heschel


I’m going to be happy. I’m going to skip. I’m going to be glad. I’m going to be easy. I’m going to count my blessings. I’m going to look for reasons to feel good. I’m going to dig up positive things from the past. I’m going to look for positive things where I stand. I’m going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It’s natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person.  Abraham-Hicks


Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Eric Hoffer



Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.  Napoleon Hill


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Eric Hoffer


I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight, silence would teach him the joys of sound.
Helen Keller


The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.  Helen Keller


Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.  Lucy Larcom


When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place.  C. S. Lewis


Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
Hamilton Wright Mabie


When it rains it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences; we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it.
Joan Marques


Life holds so many simple blessings, each day bringing its own individual wonder.  John McLeod


When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
Willie Nelson


If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings. Sometimes the great famine of blessings in and around us derives from the fact that we are not living the life we love; rather, we are living the life that is expected of us. We have fallen out of rhythm with the secret signature and light of our own nature.
John O’Donohue


Don’t be hypnotized by appearances. What you see with your eyes is colored by your experiences, prejudices and other veils of influence. Whatever you are facing know this: what is happening has the power to bless you now and always.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly


No matter how bad things look, you are always being blessed. Ask yourself, ‘What is the blessing here?’ and express gratitude for the awareness that comes to you.  Marta Davidovich Ockuly


Having someone who understands is a great blessing for ourselves. Being someone who understands is a great blessing to others.
Janette Oke


The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.  William Penn


May your happiest days of the past be your saddest days of your future.
Laurence Peter


When people bother you in any way, it is because their souls are trying to get your divine attention and your blessing.  Catherine Ponder


Change always comes bearing gifts.  Price Pritchett


When I count my blessings I count you twice.
Irish Blessing


Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.  Bernice Johnson Reagon


We are all born to be a blessing.  Rachel Naomi Remen



                                               ***Courage***

                               

I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.  Maya Angelou




My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry, to get my work done, and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
Maya Angelou


One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Maya Angelou


Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
Mary Kay Ash


I’m not funny. What I am is brave.
Lucille Ball


Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.  Betty Bender


Courage – fear that has said its prayers.  Dorothy Bernard


There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, How good or how bad am I? That's where courage comes in.
Erma Louise Bombeck


Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it. Napoleon Bonaparte


It is brave to be involved. Gwendolyn Brooks


Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.  Nicholas Murray Butler


Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is, and the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. Julia Cameron


I think a person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave. Work begins when you don't like what you're doing. There's a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there's no such thing as work, and there's no such thing as getting tired. That's been my own experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they've all got lots of plans for you. But you can make it happen.
Joseph Campbell


Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie


It takes courage for people to listen to their own goodness and act on it.
Pablo Casals


The most courageious act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Coco Chanel


Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.
Ching Ning Chu


Courage is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill



                                        ***Determination***


Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.  Marva Collins


A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
James Cook


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge


Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Goals determine what you're going to be.  Julius Erving




We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.

Sonia Johnson




Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms, carry out your plan.

Paul Meyer










***Encouragement***








Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.

George M. Adams




Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams




Dreams are free, so free your dreams.

Astrid Alauda




For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

James Allen




The truth is that everything that can be accomplished by showing a person when he’s wrong, ten times as much can be accomplished by showing him where he is right. The reason we don’t do it so often is that it’s more fun to throw a rock through a window than to put in a pane of glass.

Robert T. Allen




The best way to help people to maximize their creative potential is to allow them to do something they love.

Teresa Amabile




Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.

Mac Anderson




Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

Maya Angelou




Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.

Mary Kay Ash




For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Mary Kay Ash




Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.

Emory Austin




Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and we must set off that spark in one another.

Kenny Ausubel




The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot




Start wherever you are and start small.

Rita Baily




Begin today. Declare outloud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.

Sarah Ban Breathnach




Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.

Sarah Ban Breathnach




Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett




Celebrate your existence!

William Blake






***Faith***











Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Bernhard Berenson




Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.

Corrie ten Boom




They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.

Christian Bovee




If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury




I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.

Pearl S. Buck




Trust the Universe. Trust and believe and have faith. I truly had no idea how I was going to bring the knowledge of The Secret onto the movie screen. I just held to the outcome of the vision, I saw the outcome clearly in my mind, I felt it with all my might, and everything that we needed to create The Secret came to us.

Rhonda Byrne




Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is, and the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.

Julia Cameron




Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.

Ramona C. Carroll




To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

G. K. Chesterton




Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything, This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.

Alan Cohen




The only things that stand between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it and the faith to believe it's possible.

Richard M. DeVos




To me faith means not worrying.

John Dewey




The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things…it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.

Steve Forbes




Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

Erich Fromm




It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible.

Thomas Robert Gaines




Faith... must be enforced by reason.... When faith becomes blind it dies.

Mahatma Gandhi




There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.

Mahatma Gandhi




What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.

Shakti Gawain




Doubt is a pain too lovely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Kahlil Gibran




Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be... a prudent insurance policy.

Elizabeth Gilbert




It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

Oliver Wendell Holmes




Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.

Dean Inge




Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

Helen Keller




Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller




Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.

Søren Kierkegaard




Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.




Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.

Madeleine L’Engle




You are desperate to communicate, to edify or entertain, to preserve moments of grace or joy or transcendence, to make real or imagined events come alive. But you cannot will this to happen. It is a matter of persistence and faith and hard work. So you might as well just go ahead and get started.

Anne Lamott


























































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