Francesca Reigler: "Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same."
Samuel Johnson: "He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts."
Adabella Radici: "Life is great. Don't let circumstances and society fool you into believing it's not."
Gemma Doyle: "Forgiveness…I’ll hold on to that fragile slice of hope,and keep it close, remembering that in each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We’re each our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself."
Michael Jordan: "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."
Chin-Ning Chu: "Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself."
Audre Lorde: "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I'm afraid."
Meister Eckhart: "Be willing to be a beginner every single morning."
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 24, spoken by the character Mr. Antolini: "Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."
Eliot Wiggington: "Life isn't worth living unless you're willing to take some big chances and go for broke."
Anais Nin: "Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."
Voltaire: "Love truth, and pardon error."
Eric Hoffer: "A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past."
Elbert Hubbard: "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."
Denis Diderot: "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things."
Norman Thomas: "The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values."
Martha Washington: "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
Unknown: "Simple kindness at the right moment can change the direction of a life and shine a light of hope when all light seems to have gone out. Sometimes it has the power to save a life."
Walter Anderson: “I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
Barbara Sher: “People have to face regrets. Becoming mature means learning to accept what you cannot change, facing unresolved sorrows and learning to love life as it really happens, not as you would have it happen. When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry. Angry people need to criticize as an outlet for their anger. That's why you must reject unkind criticism. Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish. Life isn't supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn't supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it's comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day's not perfect, it's not a failure or a terrible loss. It's just another day.”