Attitude Quotes

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Do you struggle with your outlook in tough times? These attitude quotes are here to help you keep a good attitude when you need to.

Attitude is a key component of outlook, character, and personality.

It’s how we carry ourselves, shape our viewpoints, and interact with others in both good and bad times. A good attitude is often a quality people look for in others but fail to display themselves.

These attitude sayings show that the right thoughts and behaviors yield positive results when we apply them in our lives.

Top 10 Attitude Quotes

Attitude is everything, so pick a good one.

Wayne Dyer

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill

Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.

Zig Ziglar
John C Maxwell quote "Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought"
“Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.” – John C. Maxwell

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.

Earl Nightingale

Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.

John Mitchell

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein
Viktor Frankl quote "The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes"
“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.” – Viktor Frankl

Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.

Stuart Chase

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.

Henry Ford

Quotes about Attitude

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.

Ralph Marston

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.

James Allen

Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

George Bernard Shaw

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

William James

I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.

Charles W. Swindoll
Epictetus quote "It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters"
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities.

Jack Ma

The attitude is very important. Because your behavior radiates how you feel.

Lou Ferrigno

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.

John C. Maxwell

We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude.

Alfred Armand Montapert

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz
Robert Greene quote "The most effective attitude to adopt is one of supreme acceptance"
“The most effective attitude to adopt is one of supreme acceptance.” – Robert Greene

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.

Donald Walters

Whether a glass is half full or half empty depends on the attitude of the person looking at it.


Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise

Ayn Rand

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

Brian Tracy

Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.

Elbert Hubbard

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.


The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.

Mahatma Gandhi
Dennis Brown quote "The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude"
“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” – Dennis Brown

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure

Norman Vincent Peale

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your attitude towards life influences your happiness, not what happens to you.

Thibaut Meurisse, Master Your Emotions

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Robert Collier

Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.

Irving Berlin

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Khalil Gibran

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Hugh Downs
Anais Nin quote "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are"
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

A great attitude to have in life is to learn how to be prepared for the worst- but also know how to expect the best in life.

Dylan J. Cameron, Positive Thinking In a Negative World

If we choose a positive, loving attitude that honors all life and embrace the changes as much as possible, things won’t be quite as difficult.

Richard L. Haight, The Unbound Soul

It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray.

Billy Graham

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life.

Wade Boggs

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Scott Hamilton

Positive Attitude Quotes

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde

A positive attitude may not solve every problem but it makes solving any problem a more pleasant experience.

Grant Fairley

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it.

John C. Maxwell
Brian Tracy quote "An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality"
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” – Brian Tracy

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Helen Keller

When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.

Charles W. Swindoll

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

W. Clement Stone

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.

Sir Walter Scott

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

Gail Devers

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman
Anne Frank quote "I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains"
“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Maya Angelou

Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.

Bo Bennett

A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.

David Bailey

Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.

Robert Foster Bennett

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

Hans Selye

Related Reading: Positive Quotes to Improve Your Outlook

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

Dalai Lama

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. In the past, whenever I had fallen short in almost any undertaking, it was seldom because I had tried and failed. It was because I had let fear of failure stop me from trying at all.

Arthur Gordon

We contend that you have to keep a positive attitude. Luck follows those who are persistent and patient. You just keep your hook in the water and hope for the best.

Rick Smith

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden
"Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come"
“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” – Chinese Proverb

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

Charles W. Swindoll

Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that you are passing the test.

Joel Osteen

Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.

Bob Marley

A positive attitude is something everyone can work on, and everyone can learn how to employ it.

Joan Lunden

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet.

Earl Nightngale

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

Harry Truman

Short Attitude Quotes

Attitude is everything.

Diane von Furstenberg

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein
H Jackson Brown quote "Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures"
“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress.

Charles W. Swindoll

Morale and attitude are the fundamental ingredients to success.

Bud Wilkinson

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

William Arthur Ward

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?


Attitudes are more important than facts.

George MacDonald

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer
Andy Gilbert short attitude quote "It's not the method it's the mindset"
“It’s not the method, it’s the mindset.” – Andy Gilbert

Attitude will always define who we are in life.

Mark A. Brennan

The attitude today is the root on which the future grows.

Sathya Baba

A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.

Paynen Stewart

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

John C. Maxwell

Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself.

Robert Greene

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

William J. Brennan, Jr.

Bad attitudes will ruin your team.

Terry Bradshaw

Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.

Pat Riley
Susan Sontag attitude quote "It is not the position, but the disposition"
“It is not the position, but the disposition.” – Susan Sontag

Change Your Outlook

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.

Oprah Winfrey

The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

Louis E. Boone

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

W.C. Fields

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.

Michael Jordan
Amy Tan quote "If you can't change your fate, change your attitude"
“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” – Amy Tan

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.

Zig Ziglar

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

Charles W. Swindoll

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

Coco Chanel

When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford

The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.

M. Scott Peck
Milton Berle quote "If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door"
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.

Zig Ziglar

Individuals need to be willing to face truth about their attitudes, behaviors, even what we want out of life.

Joyce Meyer

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.

William Glasser

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.

Og Mandino

Any change in attitude changes the way one sees the world, and this in turn changes the way one acts.

David Steindl-Rast

Swag Attitude Quotes

Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.

Shawn Ashmore

Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.

W. Clement Stone

When your attitude is right, the facts don’t count.

Kevin Trudeau
Norman Vincent Peale quote "Change your thoughts and you change your world"
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Dwight D. Eisenhauer

Your problem isn’t the problem, it’s your attitude about the problem.

Ann Brashares

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

I don’t get lucky. I make my own luck.

Gabriel Macht, Suits

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

Marcus Aurelius

When you ain’t got no money, you gotta get an attitude.

Richard Pryor
Robert Greene quote "Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself"
“Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself.” – Robert Greene

There’s an attitude you can only get through winning. Winning makes you believe that you can win again and again.

Kraig Clifton

Funny is an attitude.

Flip Wilson

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

We hope you enjoyed these attitude quotes and they have you ready to change yours for the better. Improve your outlook and start improving your world today, and let us know your favorite in the comments below!

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.

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