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Negativity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old negativity quotes, negativity sayings, and negativity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Negativity is the enemy of creativity.     

David Lynch

When someone tells me "no," it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them.

Karen E. Quinones Miller

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

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

Martin Buber

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

Bobby Darnell

A lot of people will ignore positive words when they are down and accept negative words. Those people never get better.

Travis J. Dahnke

People who project negativity typically have low self-esteem. They feel badly about themselves, and their negativity is simply a reflection of those feelings.

Hendrie Weisinger

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

Negativity can only feed on negativity.     

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Sensitive souls draw in the negativity of others because they are so open.     

John Gray

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.     


Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, and causes you to bump into people not going your way.     


The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.

Mark Twain

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

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

John C. Maxwell

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

If you don't know the struggle, you don't know your strength.

Mary Kay

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

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.     


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


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