Psychology quotes

By | 02.06.2022

Best psychology quotes:The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life. Martin Seligman

Don’t compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday. Jordan Peterson

Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all. Erik Erikson

If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave. Mo Willems, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all. Chris Peterson

Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is. Sigmund Freud

Once you start making the effort to ‘wake yourself up’—that is, be more mindful in your activities—you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more. Robert Biswas-Diener

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. William James

Once you start making the effort to “wake yourself up” — that is, be more mindful in your activities — you suddenly start appreciating life. Robert Biswas-Diener

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. Abraham Maslow

We are what we are because we have been what we have been, and what is needed for solving the problems of human life and motives is not moral estimates but more knowledge. Sigmund Freud

I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. Martha Gellhorn, Selected Letters

I’ve always believed that you can think positively just as well as you can think negatively. Sugar Ray Robinsonv

As for the future, it remains unwritten. Anything can happen, and often we are wrong. The best we can do with the future is to prepare and savor the possibilities of what can be done in the present. Todd Kashdan

Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem. Virginia Satir

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society. Jean Piaget

I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone. Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz

It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits. Ellen J. Langer

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. Abraham Maslow


According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

Everything can be taken from a man, but the last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitudes in any given set of circumstances. Viktor Frankl

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. David Richo

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry Truman

Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. Barbara L. Fredrickson

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl

We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. B.F. Skinner

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions. Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Harry F. Banks

While some pain is probably inevitable in all relationships, successful couples are usually the ones who are able to forgive. Ilona Boniwell

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. Thomas Szasz

Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy. Ed Diener

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Gustav Jung

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor Frankl

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. Carl Gustav Jung

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

The good life is a process, not a state of being. Carl Rogers


A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. B. F. Skinner

For happy people, time is ‘filled and planned.’ For unhappy people, time is unfilled, open and uncommitted; they postpone things and are inefficient. Michael Argyle

As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know. Carl Gustav Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants. Jonathan Haidt

It’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient. Daniel Kahneman

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. Soren Kierkegaard

Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition. James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

Probably the biggest insight … is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. … Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy. Ed Diener

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. Erich Fromm

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. Virginia Satir

There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick. Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl G. Jung

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it. Daniel Kahneman

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right. Phil McGraw

Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not our there is that it’s inside us. Sonja Lyubomirsky

Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, and perseverance. Scott Barry Kaufmann

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

Sort psychology quotes: Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. Albert Schweitzer

Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring…happiness to our lives. Dalai Lama


All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Havelock Ellis

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer , Studies in Pessimism: The Essays

We are so made, that we can only derive intense enjoyment from a contrast and only very little from a state of things. Sigmund Freud

When we encounter an unexpected challenge of threat, the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go. Shawn Achor

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

A mind cannot be independent of culture. Lev Vygotsky

The truth is, bad things don’t affect us as profoundly as we expect them to. That’s true of good things, too. We adapt very quickly to either. Daniel Gilbert

How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others. June Ahern

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. Dalai Lama

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. Edward de Bono

The distinguishing characteristics of mind are of a subjective sort; we know them only from the contents of our own consciousness. Wilhelm Wundt

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not. Carl G. Jung

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. Lucille Ball

We need each other. The sooner we learn that, it is better for us all. Erik Erikson

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here. Ram Dass

Be content with what you have. Rejoice in how things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terribly unhappy then gives them the drugs to take away their unhappiness. Science fiction It is already happening to some extent in our own society. Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual’s internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable. Theodore Kaczynski

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. Andy Rooney

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Chuck Palahniuk


I do not like to work with patients who are in love. Perhaps it is because of envy – I, too, crave enchantment. Perhaps it is because love and psychotherapy are fundamentally incompatible. The good therapist fights darkness and seeks illumination, while romantic love is sustained by mystery and crumbles upon inspection. Irvin D. Yalom

Compassion does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers; but individuals who will take on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous conditions. Dacher Keltner

A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact. Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely. Louisa May Alcott

Life isn’t about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you’d still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies who don’t have half the happiness I’ve found. … The “if I just had X, I would be happy” syndrome is a mass delusion. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough. Look around. Look within. Nick Vujicic

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well. Alfred Adler

When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. Todd Kashdan

We can’t win against obsession. They care, we don’t. They win. Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. William James

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. Joyce Brothers

It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly light-hearted. Yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. Gretchen Rubin

All I know is this: nobody’s very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down. Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. Mark Twain

When we encounter an unexpected challenge of a threat, the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go. Shawn Achor

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. R. D. Laing

Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event. Carl Gustav Jung

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway

Happiness, not money or prestige, should be regarded as the ultimate currency — the currency by which we take the measure of our lives. Tal Ben-Shahar

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Nathaniel Branden

Genuine feelings cannot be produced, nor can they be eradicated… the body sticks to the facts. Alice Miller

Sometimes, if you want to change a man’s mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first. Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia

To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Julian Barnes

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Brené Brown

Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence. Peter A. Levine

Becoming is better than being. Carol S. Dweck

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole. C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

We know what we are but not what we may be. Shakespeare

Hope has proven a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we’ve done so far. Charles Rick Snyder

Well-being cannot exist just in your own head. Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment. Martin Seligman

I don’t know what’s worse: to now know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be and feel alone. Daniel Keyes

Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Where does a thought go when it’s forgotten? Sigmund Freud

The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path. Marcus Buckingham

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. M. Scott Peck

It’s all in the mind. George Harrison

Follow your dreams. Figure out where you’d like to be, what you would like to be doing, and then figure out what you need to do to get there. Kennon Sheldon

Play is the work of childhood. Jean Piaget

The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place. Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness. Rollo May

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. William Shakespeare

If you discovered something that made you tighten inside, you had better try to learn more about it. Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle


We transcend grief only when we realize how connected we are with all the other humans who struggle to transcend theirs. Susan Cain

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. David Viscott

Reality denied comes back to haunt. Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction, and even more energy. Nathaniel M. Lambert

Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Angela Duckworth

How hurtful it can be to deny one’s true self and live a life of lies just to appease others. June Ahern

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. Clive James

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Isaac Rubin

A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. Douglas Adams

I compare myself with my former self, not with others. Not only that, I tend to compare my current self with the best I have been, which is when I have been midly manic. When I am my present “normal” self, I am far removed from when I have been my liveliest, most productive, most intense, most outgoing and effervescent. In short, for myself, I am a hard act to follow. Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work. Thomas Edison

The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation – a force for construction and destruction. Jonathan Haidt

We forget very easily what gives us pain. Graham Greene

Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. Carl Gustav Jung

The brain is wider than the sky. Emily Dickinson

We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life. Barry Schwartz/blockquote>

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