Quotes about having a positive attitude include the well-known phrase first used by Elbert Hubbard, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," and a passage from "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodges Burnett, which reads, "If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." Many quotes about having a positive attitude approach the subject through the use of metaphor.
Quotes on the subject come from numerous well-known authors and public figures, including Walt Whitman, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Mark Twain and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Other quotes come from ancient texts attributed to figures such as the Buddha and Confucius. Many quotes also come from motivational speakers, such as Anthony Robbins' statement that "Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be.”
Many quotes from unknown authors about having a positive attitude also exist, such as, "Make your optimism come true" and "If we try to see something positive in everything we do, life won't necessarily become easier but it becomes more valuable."
Another popular proverb on the subject, initially popularized by William Edward Hickson in the mid-19th century based on the earlier writings of Thomas H. Palmer, is, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."