Quotes to Keep You Positive in 2016

It can be easy to let yourself get caught up in all the negativity that surrounds us. When life gets overwhelming and you need a pick-me-up, try reading these quotes, or even hang them on your wall for a daily positivity boost.

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” – Stephen Richards

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” – Shannon L. Alder

“You say freak, I say unique.” – Christian Baloga

“We are not as frail as the strings would make us believe.” – John Green

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” – Author Unknown

“My joy may be diminished now, but I am still alive to be more joyful ahead.” – Ankam Nithin Kumar

“One should…be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.” – Harvey Mackay

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Reasons to Read More

Are you always too busy to sit down with a good book? The hectic schedule of daily life can pose a challenge to make time for reading, but if you need a little reminder to set aside a bit of reading time, these quotes can help you stay on track with your reading goals.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

“We read to know we’re not alone.” – William Nicholson

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” –Stephen King

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”—Charles William Eliot

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”—Jane Smiley

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”—Mortimer J. Adler

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”—James Baldwin

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”—Margaret Fuller

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”—Carl Sagan

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Quotes That Will Make You Excited to Try Something New

Perhaps you’ve made a resolution to try a new hobby, make a career change, or simply make an effort to break out of your usual routine. There’s no better time to make a big change than at the beginning of a new year! These quotes might help encourage you to be bold and live life to the fullest.
“Keep these concepts in mind: You’ve failed many times, although you don’t remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. . . . Don’t worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” –Sherman Finesilver

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am always doing things I can’t do — that’s how I get to do them.” –Pablo Picasso

“Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.” – Roger Von Oech

“The greatest failure is the failure to try.” – William Ward

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” – Neil Gaiman

“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louis E. Boone

National Mentoring Month Quotes

January is National Mentoring Month! Mentoring can make a huge difference in children’s lives and help put them on a path to success.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” –E. M. Forster

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” – Phil Collins

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.” – David O. McKay

“If you’re not reaching back to help anyone then you’re not building a legacy.” – Germany Kent

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”- Rachel Carson

“Everyone has a transferable commodity-knowledge. Sharing your unique expertise and making introductions for someone creates a lasting legacy.” – Marsha Blackburn

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Students are taught how to do things, but many are not forced to reflect on why they should do them or what we are here for.” – David Brooks

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein

“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson

10 Timeless Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

To honor Martin Luther King Jr. day and the great strides Dr. King Jr. made for human rights, we’ve compiled a list of some of his most well known quotes.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

10 Quotes That Will Make You Want to Volunteer

December 5th marked International Volunteering Day. If you’re interested in volunteering, check out this list of volunteer-related quotes!

“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” –Gillian Anderson

“Volunteering is so pervasive it’s invisible. We take for granted all the things that have been pioneered by concerned, active volunteers.” – Susan J. Ellis

“In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.” –Karl Reiland

“The moral test of a society is how that society treats those who are in the dawn of life — the children; those who are in the twilight of life — the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life — the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.” – Hubert Humphrey

“What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual, caring approach that no government program, however well-meaning and well-executed, can deliver.” – Edward James Olmos

“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” –Henry Drummond

“When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.” –Bel Kaufman

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”—Mother Teresa

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”—Gordon B. Hinckley

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”—Abraham Lincoln

Human Rights Month Quotes

December is Human Rights Month. In honor of this important month, we’ve compiled a list of inspiring quotes.

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy

“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”—Madeleine L’Engle

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”—Elie Wiesel

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.” – Fred Hampton

“All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.”—Asa Don Brown

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Remember, the change you want to see in the world, and in your school, begins with you.” – Joseph Clementi

“…our species is one, and each of the individuals who compose it are entitled to equal moral consideration.” – Michael Ignatieff

“You are a human being before any label, handicap, disease, or disorder. You are entitled to dignity. This is the human race’s one religion that unites us, yet it is our hatred and lack of tolerance that distorts our faith to a place of justification. This justification will always be in the oppressor’s benefit.”—Shannon L. Alder

“If we want truth and justice to rule our global village, there must be no hypocrisy. If there is no truth, then there will be no equality. No equality, no justice. No justice, no peace. No peace, no love. No love, only darkness.”—Suzy Kassem

What You’ll Gain from Adopting a Dog

As the new year rolls in, you might be considering adding a new addition to the family. Whether you’ve made up your mind or are still on the fence about going to the shelter and picking out your new best friend, these heartwarming quotes will put a smile on your face.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” – Karen Davison

“Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us strive for.” – Jennifer Skiff

“A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any “thing” you can ever own.” – Elizabeth Parker

“I’m convinced that petting a puppy is good luck.” – Meg Donohue

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” – Dean Koontz
“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”—Robert Wagner

“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day

Inspirational Quotes to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

The new year is here. Whether you’re making a list of resolutions or just trying to take it day by day, everyone could use a daily dose of inspiration.

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake…” – Sir Frances Bacon

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” –Vince Lombardi

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ” – Muhammad Ali

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean de la Bruyere
“Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still unattainable.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand.” – Napoleon Hill

“Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

“The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.” – Horace Bushnell

2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 presidential election is quickly approaching. No matter what your stance, there are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the election process. Will you do your research, watch the debates, or simply avoid all of the bickering?

“We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.” – Kin Hubbard

“The candidate out front on Labor Day has historically been the one who stayed ahead in November.” – Peter Jennings

“We do not owe allegiance to any candidate because they share our party or our color, but because they share our principles and our conscience.”—Benjamin Todd Jealous

“Every now and then, a presidential candidate surprises us with a truly human and honest moment.” – Ron Fournier

“No matter what name we give it or how we judge it, a candidate’s character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen’s decision in voting.” – Roger Mudd

“I would caution all of us or I would remind all of us that any candidate that we support, they are going to be flawed.” – J.C. Watts

“Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.” – Michael Novak

“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.” – Walter H. Judd

“Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.” – Richard Armour

“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” – Louis Brandeis

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.” – Robert Bryne