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  • One positive statement of good is more powerful than 1,000 negative thoughts; and two positive statements of good are more powerful than 10,000 negative thoughts.

  • I cultivate / Being Uppity / It's something / My Gramom taught me.

    • Kate Rushin,
    • "Family Tree," in Patricia Bell-Scott et al., eds., Double Stitch ()
  • Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.

  • Irreverence is a way of playing hooky and remaining present at the same time.

  • Have your fun, my dear; but if you must earn your bread, try to make it sweet with cheerfulness, not bitter with the daily regret that it isn't cake.

  • She crossed borders recklessly, refusing to recognize limits, saying 'bonjour and 'buon giorno' as though she owned both France and Italy and the day itself. ... she was free to grasp it all: to bite into fruit that had ripened on other people's trees; to warm herself in the sun they had hung out and rip, with her headlights, their darkness.

  • ... life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you.

  • If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.

  • You can do everything wrong with the right attitude and succeed, and do everything right with the wrong attitude and fail!

    • Shirley Hutton,
    • with Constance deSwaan, Pay Yourself What You're Worth ()
  • Sophia wished that Florence would not talk about the Almighty as if his real name was Godfrey, and God was just Florence's nickname for him.

  • Good posture and an attitude let you get away with anything.

  • Stay soft and the world will soften with you.

  • Once we let go of the belief that we are helpless, we may find that we are powerful.

  • If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

    • Maya Angelou,
    • in Ann Kannings, Maya Angelou: Her Words ()