120 Positive quotes to inspire the positivity that sticks.

These positive quotes shape your thinking and help you to push through tough times.

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Positive quotes for the day, and for life in general.

Being positive is a practice, and it’s something we have to work harder at when life hits us where it hurts. Positive quotes help train us to see things differently, and good positive quotes can even pull us through dark times.

Positivity refers both to optimism and to “silver lining” mindsets. In fact, there are a lot of ways to be positive. Use these positive quotes to reframe the world and kick a positive mindset into gear.

When you use these positive quotes in cards, banners, flyers, and other projects, they’ll feed the soul.

Positive mindset quotes.

The first step to being positive in general is to embrace a positive mindset about something specific. Look through these quotes by some of history’s greats and see how they put a positive spin on key aspects of life.

Positive thoughts quotes are a “one step at a time” path to positivity. Use your favorite quote in a card or letter and let Adobe Express help you, no experience required.

It is the same life, whether we spend it laughing or crying.”

Japanese Proverb

This proverb is great for a poster, whether it’s for inspiration or to advertise at a comedy club.

Stay positive. The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.”
Dennis S. Brown
It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”
Betty White
Life is too short to spend another day at war with yourself.”
Ritu Ghatourey
Attitude is the “little thing” that makes a big difference.”

Winston S. Churchill

A short mindset quote like this one fits perfectly on a banner.

Sometimes, you have to let go of the picture of what you thought about life and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”
Rachel Marie Martin
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
Oprah Winfrey
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese Proverb
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.”
Buckminster Fuller
Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams.”
Brad Sugars
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

Omar Khyyam

Positive mindset is part outlook and part focusing on the moment. This quote sends a powerful message in cards, letters, and on banners.

Make a determination that you will live your purpose today.”
Daniel Budzinski
If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
Tennessee Williams
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln

In a collage of photo memories, this quote fits perfectly.

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.”
S. C. Lourie
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

Another ingredient of positivity is focusing on goals and the steps to reach them.

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
A.A. Mine , Winnie the Pooh
If you can’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.”
Amish Proverb
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Be positive quotes.

Being positive long-term requires a lasting positive mindset. If you practice looking at the bright side with the positive mindset quotes above, then the being positive quotes below drive your positivity into a way of life.

Some of the most influential thinkers, artists, and personalities have put their own “being positive” outlooks into memorable quotes. Choose the one that means the most to you and imagine it on a poster or banner.

You do not find the happy life. You make it.”
Thomas S. Monson
Talk to yourself like someone you love.”
Brene Brown
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
Mother Teresa
Keep looking up…that’s the secret of life.”

Charlie Brown

Images of Charlie Brown and the crew can accompany this quote in a card or on a poster.

Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window — or break down a door.”

Brooke Shields

Positivity means always moving forward, even if it’s down a different path than you imagined.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
Judy Garland
Even if I don't reach all my goals, I've gone higher than I would have if I hadn't set any.”
Danielle Fotopoulis
We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.”
Confucius
Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”
Jodi Picoul
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

Bertrand Russell

A positivity quote like this one could go on a poster or flyer with colorful visuals.

I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.”
Katherine Hepburn
Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.”
French Proverb
People used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I’d say "Happy." That was all I wanted to be.”
Goldie Hawn
We may not have hit the peak yet, but we are on the journey up.”
Brian Nhira
The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.”

Yiddish Proverb

One fundamental element of being positive is to practice gratitude by recognizing what we have.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney
When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”
Wilma Rudolph
The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it.”
J.M. Barrie , Peter Pan
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Roald Dahl
The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

Buddha

If you thought “we are what we eat,” it’s enlightening to learn that we become what we think, too. How would this quote look in a flyer or banner?

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Positive energy quotes.

Positive energy quotes are about how we affect others, because our own positive mindset exponentially affects the people we interact with. Take your pick of these positive energy quotes and see how people’s behavior changes around you.

Positive quotes for the day keep positivity top of mind to lift others up at every opportunity. Let Adobe Express help you put these quotes into cards, letters, and even social media graphics to share with those you want to lift most.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

You could also say: “be the positivity that you wish to see in the world.”

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”
Dolly Parton
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
Albert Einstein
A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”
Maya Angelou
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
Anne Frank
My purpose: to lift your spirit and to motivate you.”
Mavis Staples
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Robin Williams
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Aesop

Fables are filled with short and memorable quotes like this one. Can you picture the illustrations that could go with it on a card or poster?

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Buddha
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy
Every day, no matter what I face, I can smile and love others.”
Laura Pexton
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”
Stephen Grellet
Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.”

Oprah Winfrey

Carry this metaphor forward: light keeps moving forever until something blocks its rays. Your positivity keeps moving through the people in the same way.

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”
Booker T. Washington
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you.”
Mary Lou Retton
In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

Les Brown

From a smile at the cashier to a letter for a friend, there are more options to positively impact people every day than we think about.

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Kindness is one thing you can’t give away. It always comes back.”
George Skolsky
Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
Maya Angelou
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Stay positive quotes.

When the going gets rough, positivity wanes. It’s hard for even your favorite quotes to break through the storm when challenges bear down. That’s why there are “stay positive quotes” to take hard times and turn them on their head. From a new perspective, being positive becomes possible again.

Choose your favorite stay positive quotes and save them. Memorize them. Use them. They are the tools in your toolbelt the next time things are “too much,” and they’re the ace up your sleeve for the perfect cards and letters of encouragement to send to others.

Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.”

Stephanie Bennett Henry

This quote feels deeply personal, like a good friend reaching out with support. Use it in a card or letter to stir a feeling of resilience.

Even the darkest nights will end, and the sun will rise.”
Victor Hugo , Les Misérables
Bad things can teach us how to look at good things in a whole new light.”
Karen Salmansohn
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”
Victor Kiam
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
Irish Proverb
In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”
Andrea Dykstra
It’s the will, not the skill.”

Jim Tunney

This short and catchy quote fits perfectly on banners and flyers at pep rallies, in gyms, at speeches, and more.

You must tell yourself, “No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it.””
Les Brown
The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light.”
S. Ajna
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”

Florence Nightingale

Sometimes, the only way out of a tough situation is to move through it.

Today is a good day to try.”
Victor Hugo , The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career, I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly Parton
A dead end is just a good place to turn around.”

Naomi Judd

Use this quote in a card that shows how turning around is an opportunity to choose a different path, not just go back to where you started.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.”
Willie Nelson
When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, “What are you gonna do about it?” I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
Beyonce
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.”
Charles R. Swindoll
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Said differently, the only emotion you’re destined to feel is the one you let steer the ship. What emotion have you left at the helm?

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
Dolly Parton
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Positive uplifting quotes.

Positivity is not the same thing as inspiration. Some positive quotes, though, are inspirational. These are “positive uplifting quotes.” They each tap a sense of wonder for life through the lens of positive thinking.

Uplifting quotes are like an elixir. Choose the perfect one, and it could change someone’s day when they see it in a card, letter, or poster of your making.

So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.”
Sheryl Sandberg
To be a star, you must shine your own light.”
Napoleon Hill
A ship is always safe by the shore, but that is not what it’s built for.”

John A. Shedd

This quote is a beautiful reminder that life is hard, but that’s what we’re made for.

We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.”
Max Depree
The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.”
Abraham Lincoln
Some men see things as they are and say why — I dream things that never were and say why not.”
George Bernard Shaw
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.”

Mallory Hopkins

Positive uplifting quotes can also pack a little humor. In a card or on a poster, this message leaves you smiling — and with a healthy dose of positivity.

To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the “what is next” of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.”
Mark Twain
Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

Metaphors make many appearances in uplifting positive quotes. This one is beautiful and inspires reflection.

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
Bruce Lee
The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
Nelson Mandela
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

Positive uplifting quotes don’t have to be deep and philosophical. This simple statement made by Mae West is a reminder to live our best lives, period.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
Lucille Ball
Great things happen to those who don't stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.”
Roy T. Bennett
The joy of life is becoming a person you are proud of.”
Bill Orender
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.”
Maya Angelou
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

John D. Rockefeller

Even when life is going well, we can lift ourselves up to even greater levels. This Rockefeller quote tell us that. Use it in posters and flyers for motivational purposes.

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Short positive quotes.

Some positive quotes capture life’s beauty, and others turn hurtful perspectives around into something useful.

Some positive quotes do all of that in 53 characters or less.

These short positive quotes are perfect for banners, flyers, collages, and other projects where space is limited. They’re also easy to remember, so memorize your favorites and see what impact they have in your day.

Every strike brings me closer to a home run.”
Babe Ruth
I dwell in possibility.”

Emily Dickinson

This short quote used in a collage can send a strong message about the people in the surrounding photos.

Each day provides its own gifts.”
Marcus Aurelius
Shine like the whole universe is yours.”
Rumi
Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.”
Jon Bon Jovi
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dali Lama

If there’s a choice, choose positivity. This quote is great for a poster. It serves as a constant reminder that the choice is ours.

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
Colin Powell
Just keep swimming.”
Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Finding Nemo
Happiness is not by chance but by choice.”
Jim Rohn
Take the first step.”
Darius Fisher
May you live all the days of your life.”

Jonathan Swift

Positive quotes like this one work in greeting cards of all sorts, from wedding wishes to holiday greetings.

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Gloria Steinem

This short positivity quote gives dreams their due in the center of a vision board.

Do what is true to your soul.”
Malini Saba
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”
Elbert Hubbard
Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.”
Henry Ford
Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
Helen Keller
The best revenge is massive success.”
Frank Sinatra
It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Babe Ruth

It’s also hard to tear down the person who always chooses positivity. Would you use this quote in a poster?

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The potential impact of positive quotes.

Positive quotes are an elixir for the soul. When the right quote appears at the right time, it can pull someone up from the depths.

There is such a thing as “excessive positivity,” though. If positive quotes are thrown around like candy, they won’t always resonate.

Look through good positive quotes to find the ones that resonate with you, personally. Think about the people behind the quotes, too. One might be more meaningful if it comes from a figure you admire.

Exercise: Use the right positive quotes in the right places.

Match these places where you can use positive quotes to the top benefit that each delivery option brings.

1. Cards

2. Letters

3. Posters

4. Banners

5. Collages

6. Flyers

A. Celebrates positivity in event decoration

B. Sends a positive quote to specific people in a keepsake

C. Turns a positive quote into a motivational or promotional tool

D. Stays in your line of sight to help stay positive every day

E. Sends a positive quote inside a longer message to one person

F.Assembles photos and memories that personify a positive quote

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Adobe Express has tons of templates and beginner-friendly customization tools to put your favorite positive quotes to work. If you want to use positive quotes in cards, letters, posters, banners, collages, flyers, or other creative projects, Adobe Express makes it as simple as picking a template and personalizing it, or making your own idea with easy-to-use tools. Whatever message you want to convey, Adobe Express brings it to life, no experience required.

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