In a world seized by too much violence and hatred and bigotry, it is imperative that we all do our fair share to make it a little better and more tolerable — not only for ourselves and for the people around us, but more so, for the generations that will eventually inherit it.

Wouldn’t it then be nice if, instead of complaining, wailing and whining incessantly, we choose to see the beauty and goodness in everything? That, instead of fretting and fussing, we choose to look at things in a positive way? That, instead of thinking of the worst of people and circumstances, we choose to be happy with the here and now? That, instead of comparing our situation with others’ lot, we choose to be satisfied and content with whatever is thrown our way? That, instead of expecting and demanding from other people and from a higher being, we choose to be grateful for all the blessings we continuously receive?

Here are a few quotes (It should be obvious by now that I’m a huge fan of quotes and idioms and adjectives and similes!) that will show us that, indeed, happiness and satisfaction can reside in our hearts — if only we learn to let go of negativity. Remember, no one has ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side!


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“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Tom Wilson


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“A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead, and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse below, and dreams of home.” – Robert Brault




“Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.” – Anon



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“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde




“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” -George Carlin



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“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” – Horace Walpole




“There were two boys who, one beautiful day, were exploring their neighbor’s farm and came upon an empty barn that smelled of manure. The first boy said, “We got to get out of here, this smells horrible.“, but the second boy said “Oh boy, this is great; there must be horses around!“.” – Terry




“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt




“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene




“Look down at me and you see a fool; look up at me and you see a God; look straight at me and you see yourself.” – Manson, Charles




“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn



“I wept because I had no shoes. Then, I met a man who hadn’t a single limb.” – Anon




“Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.” – Thomas Carlyle




“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it’s your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.” ― C. JoyBell C.




“Time may be a great healer, but it’s also a lousy beautician.” – Dorothy Parker




“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” –Bill Vaughan




“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” ― Wayne W. Dyer




“In this treacherous world, nothing is the truth nor a lie. Everything depends on the color of the crystal through which one sees it.” –Pedro Calderon de la Barca




“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” –Tim Burton




“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes.” –Anon




“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.” –Tony Robbins



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“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” –Richard Bach




“We look up at the same stars and see such different things.” –John Snow




“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” –David Mccullough, Jr.




“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” –Winston Churchill



“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” –Morticia Addams



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“Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.” –Anon



“Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, could be someone else’s fairytale.” –Wale Ayeni




“The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s green where you water it.” –Anon



“They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.” –Jonathan Davis




“A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.” –Leonard Louis Levinson


Beautiful things are not normally presented to us on silver platters, or swathed in colorful gift wrappers and topped with big red ribbons. They usually come to us disguised as misfortunes, problems, challenges or setbacks. It is only after we have fought tooth and nail just to keep afloat do we realize that, indeed, these things happen to us for a reason — a beautiful, sometimes even life-changing, reason.

Everything is just a matter of perspective.




Photo Credits: (roses), (home amid the fields), (organ donation), (donut), (glass of water), (masks), (farm boys), (stumbling blocks or stepping stones), (dancing in the rain), (giraffes),  (surfer), (Nick Vujicick), (diamonds), (cherries), (time), (fireworks), (bench in the field), (fortune-teller), (Tim Burton), (dandelions), (excited boy), (bowl of butterflies), (star-gazing), (mountain climber), (fish bowls), (spider web), (lighted candle), (fairy), (green landscape), (laughing old lady), (walking on the clouds).





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