The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
William James, US philosopher, psychologist (1842-1910)
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
William Bennett, US federal official (b. 1943)
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese philosopher, author, poet (1883-1931)
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller, US writer, lecturer (1880-1968)
Students with high hopes set themselves higher goals and know how to work hard to attain them. When you compare students of equivalent intellectual aptitude on their academic achievements, what sets them apart is hope.
Charles Richard Snyder, US sociologist (1944-2006)
People who are optimistic see a failure due to something that can be changed so that they can succeed next time around, while pessimists take the blame for failure, ascribing it to some lasting characteristic that they are helpless to change.
Daniel Goleman, US psychologist, author (b. 1946)
Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
Epictetus (1st Century BC)
The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude towards ourselves can we have the right attitude towards others.
Wilferd Arlan Peterson, US poet, author (1900-1995)