Quotes about negativity point a finger at the 'dark' side of life's journey. Using negativity quotes as an exercise in self-reflection we can start using negativity of all kinds to actually improve our lives. We find our negative thinking transformed.
Negativity is a challenge. One might even be so bold to call it an adventure.
Coming at us from within - in the form of our own thoughts; and from the outside - in the form of other people and circumstances...
...we normally experience negativity on two fronts: internal and external. No wonder that sometimes we can feel surrounded!
The fascinating thing about external negativity - the kind that comes from other people or our environment - is that it needs a certain amount of internal negativity within us if it is to ever take hold. In a very real sense, outer negativity 'hooks into' negativity thinking inside us.
At this juncture it can be said that we are 'hooked'.
This means that the most effective way to work with negativity is to take an inside-out approach. As we change our negative thinking, there is no longer a place within where external negativity can take hold.
These quotes about negativity will help you step out-of-the-mind and into a new frame of reference. Reflect on these negativity quotes to bring about the life change you want to see...
"If you don't know the struggle, you don't know your strength."
"The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."
"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns."
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."
"In every adversity lies the seed of an equal or greater opportunity."
"View all problems as challenges. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow. Don't run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence. You have a problem? Great. More grist for the mill. Rejoice, dive in, and investigate."
~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"
"When things are at their worst, I find something always happens."
~W. Somerset Maugham
"Now that all your worry has proved such an unlucrative business; why not find a better job."
"It is not easy to stop thinking ill of others.
Usually one must enter into a friendship with a person who has accomplished that great feat himself.
Then something might start to rub off on you of that true elegance."
"Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, and causes you to bump into people not going your way."
"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."
~George Bernard Shaw
"To regret deeply is to live afresh."
~Henry Davide Thoreau
"Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for."
"When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone. For you are not alone, nay. God is within and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?"
"The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself."
"Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life."
"He who has never hoped, can never despair."
~George Bernard Shaw
"Employment is the surest antidote to sorrow."
"Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured."
"While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it."
"Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver."
"Guilt comes when a person accepts that his actions were wrong. But guilt is an illness...The only medicine for guilt is to look ahead and persevere. It is inevitable in life that one will commit some wrongs. The average person hides his embarrassment. But the superior one accepts that actions were wrong and then never does them again. Such a one not only purges a weakness, but eliminates the necessity of guilt as well."
~From "The Craft Of The Warrior" by Robert L. Spencer
"Waste not fresh tears over old griefs."
"I just realized that there are going to be a lot of painful times in life, so I better learn to deal with them in the right way."
~Trey Parker and Matt Stone
"What's gone - and what's past help - should be past grief."
"Forgiveness multiplies and melts rigid postures. Try again and again with self forgiveness. Be the kind parent to yourself you may not have had."
"Live through your life without pressure and in the utmost contentment, even if all are clamouring what they will against you, even if wild beasts are tearing off the limbs of this poor lump of a body accredited to you. What in all this prevents the mind from preserving itself in tranquility, in true judgement of circumstance and readiness to use any event submitted to it? So that judgement says to circumstance:
'This is what you really are, however different you may conventionally appear'; and ready use says to event: 'I was looking for you. I always take the present moment as raw material for the exercise of rational and social virtue - in short, for the art of man or God.'"
~From "The Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
"Let yourself go with dis-ease, be with it, keep company with it. This is the way to be rid of it."
"Forget your sadness, anger, grudges and hatred. Let them pass like smoke caught in a breeze. Do not indulge yourself in such feelings."
"The only cure for grief is action."
~George Henry Lewes
"No good has ever come from feeling guilty - neither intelligence, policy, nor compassion. The guilty do not pay attention to the object, but only to themselves, and not even to their own interests, which might make sense, but to their anxieties."
~The Tragedy Of The Commons
"If you don't want negative energy to impact on you, stop resisting it. Simply redirect your focus."
"In a dark time, the eye begins to see."
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment."
"Through our senses the world appears. Through our reactions we create delusions. Without reactions the world becomes clear."
"Be too large for worry; too noble for anger; too strong for fear and too content to permit the presence of trouble. Be so powerful that nothing can disturb your peace of mind."
~The Optimist Creed
"Whenever you fall, pick something up."
"Anger. Control your anger. If you hold anger toward others, they have control over you. Your opponent can dominate and defeat you if you allow him to get you irritated."
"One ought to avoid all unnecessary worry and exciting thoughts, and to cultivate a firm tranquility of mind. Melancholy reflections will in no way influence fate, whereas one may weaken the constitution by the waste of energy while indulging in them."
~George Julius Hackenschmidt
"...for Epicurus, just as much as for the Stoics, philosophy is therapeutics: 'We must concern ourselves with the healing of our own lives.' In this context, healing consists in bringing one's soul back from the worries of life to the simple joy of existing."
~From "Philosophy As A Way Of Life" by Pierre Hadot
"The heaviest thing I can carry is a grudge."
"There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind."
~From "A Course In Miracles"
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