Negativity Sayings and Quotes

Life may give us lemons, sometimes more than others, but it’s important not dwell on the setbacks. Negativity can spread like a disease, affecting not only ourselves, but our perception of others as well. Pull yourself out of the rut with the collection of insightful negativity quotes below.

Seeing the glass as half empty is more positive than seeing it as half full. Through such a lens the only choice is to pour more. That is righteous pessimism.     

Criss Jami

Negativity is cannibalistic. The more you feed it, the bigger and stronger it grows.     

Bobby Darnell

Nobody can motivate himself in a positive direction by continually using negative words.     

John C. Maxwell

There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away; the battle they are fighting isn't with you, it is with themselves.     


I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.     

Mahatma Gandhi

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.     

George Bernard Shaw

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.     

Winston S. Churchill

Don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.     

Clint Eastwood

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.     

Mark Twain

Negative words are powerful boomerangs so be careful what you say about people and yourself.     

Mary J. Blige

Negativity is the enemy of creativity.     

David Lynch

Nothing can doom man but the belief in doom, for this prevents the movement of return.     

Martin Buber

Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form ... you can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul.     

John O'Donohue

All negativity is an illusion created by the limited mind to protect and defend itself.     

Ambika Wauters

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.     

Shirley MacLaine

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.     

Francis Crawford

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.     


Forget your sadness, anger, grudges and hatred. Let them pass like smoke caught in a breeze. Do not indulge yourself in such feelings.     

Masaaki Hatsumi

The heaviest thing I can carry is a grudge.     


Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.     

Alphonse Karr

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.     

Will Smith

Worry deprives you of strength and makes everything much worse, than what actually is.     

Dr Anil Kr Sinha

Fear is that little dark room where negatives are developed.     

Michael Pritchard

He who has never hoped, can never despair.     

George Bernard Shaw

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.     

George Baker

The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.     

Bhagavad Gita

Stop allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions.     

Steve Maraboli

Criticism does not make you smarter or better than the one you are criticizing. In fact, the stuff you are critical of in others is the same stuff you don't like about yourself.     

Iyanla Vanzant

The more you dwell on what you don't have, the more you get what you don't want.     


If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.     

Michael Jordan