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Negativity

  • Most of us work in places where a person who wants to block something has an easier route than a person who wants to accomplish something.

  • How happy are the bellicose. / I love opposers who oppose / Extremely and rebuke with ease / The certitudes, the verities.

  • ... one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, 'It can't be done.'

  • People who 'view with alarm' never build anything.

  • ... bad news travels faster than good.

  • ... nothing like a few restful weeks contemplating the decline of civilization to restore the humors. What I did on my summer vacation was listen to a lot of people talk about the decline of practically everything — you could call it the leisure of the theory class.

  • Next to the joy of the egotist is the joy of the detractor.

  • I really believe the most handicapped [person] in the whole world is a negative thinker.

  • I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.

  • To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.

  • Who thinks he will fail — will probably fail. Who believe that dreams are only dreams — will probably find it so. Who doubts himself — will achieve only such results as will confirm it.

  • Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.

  • Negative thoughts were treated by Cherokee healers with the same medicines as wounds, headaches, or physical illness. It was believed that unchecked negative thoughts can permeate the being and manifest themselves in negative actions.

  • ... the negative thoughts seemed to swoop into her mind the way a big flock of black crows takes over the landscape, sitting thick in the trees and on the fence rails and lawns, staring at you in ominous silence.

  • I have to remember to tell the negative committee that meets in my head to sit down and shut up.