Quotes About Negativity -
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Quotes about negativity, quotes on negativity address the 'dark' side of living our best lives, and how we can use even this to further our journey of self improvement, personal growth and motivation.

Self Improvement and Motivation

"You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering."

~Henri Frederic Amiel

Negativity is one of the biggest challenges to anyone who is on a path of self improvement, personal growth, or just trying to live a good life.

There are two sources of negativity - inner negativity and outer negativity. Inner negativity is self-generated and comes from our thinking and the way we relate to our thinking. Outer negativity comes to us from other people.

The interesting thing about negativity that comes from others is that it can't affect us unless we are being negative internally as well. Outer negativity 'hooks into' negativity inside us - at this point it can be said that we are 'hooked'.

This means that the best way to work with negativity is to take an inside-out approach. When we take a close look, we see that negativity is generated by the mind. By stepping out-of-the-mind, we step away from negativity as well. Enjoy these quotes about negativity...

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"If you don't know the struggle, you don't know your strength."

~Mary Kay

"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."

~Kenji Miyazawa

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."

~George Baker

Obstacle Illusion

"It's an obstacle illusion, my grandson said.

Out of the mouths of babes, great wisdom spreads.

How many obstacles were really there, or simply a fantasy of your despair?

You each create your hopes and dreams, through your thoughts so dear.

Are they obstacle illusions? Or positive, strong, and clear?"


"In every adversity lies the seed of an equal or greater opportunity."

~Napoleon Hill

"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"

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"When things are at their worst, I find something always happens."

~W. Somerset Maugham

Find A Better Job

"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

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"Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for."

~Dag Hammarskjold

"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."

~Mark Twain

"Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life."

~Benjamin Disraeli

"He who has never hoped, can never despair."

~George Bernard Shaw


"Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole; I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance, my head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears, looms but the horror of the shade; and yet the menace of the years, finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul."

~William Ernest Henley

"Employment is the surest antidote to sorrow."

~Ann Radcliffe

"Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured."


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"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."

~Samuel Johnson

"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."

~William Shakespeare

"Forgiveness multiplies and melts rigid postures. Try again and again with self forgiveness. Be the kind parent to yourself you may not have had."


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"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."

~Bruce Lee

"Forget your sadness, anger, grudges and hatred. Let them pass like smoke caught in a breeze. Do not indulge yourself in such feelings."

~Masaaki Hatsumi

"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

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"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."

~Theodore Roethke

"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."

~Marcus Aurelius

"Through our senses the world appears. Through our reactions we create delusions. Without reactions the world becomes clear."

~The Buddha(?)

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"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."

~Oswald Avery

"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."

~Miyamoto Musashi (?)

"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

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"...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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