101+ Best Psychology Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational psychology quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Psychology Quotes

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

 It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.  Ellen J. Langer

Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. Albert Schweitzer

While some pain is probably inevitable in all relationships, successful couples are usually the ones who are able to forgive. Ilona Boniwell

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. Lucille Ball

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  Viktor Frankl

I’ve always believed that you can think positively just as well as you can think negatively. Sugar Ray Robinson

The good life is a process, not a state of being.  Carl Rogers

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. Mark Twain

When we encounter an unexpected challenge or a threat, the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go.  Shawn Achor

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Brené Brown

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Harry F. Banks

Hope has proven a powerful predictor of outcome in every study we’ve done so far.  Charles Rick Snyder

Becoming is better than being. Carol S. Dweck

Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, & perseverance.  Scott Barry Kaufman

I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that do not work. Thomas Edison

It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted. Yet, everyone takes the happy person for granted.  Gretchen Rubin

The brain is wider than the sky. Emily Dickinson

The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention. Sharon Salzberg

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. Abraham Maslow

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. Abraham Maslow

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl G. Jung

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well. Alfred Adler

Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not our there is that it’s inside us. Sonja Lyubomirsky

Remembering is the best way to forget. Sigmund Freud

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. William James

Through others we become ourselves. Lev. S. Vygotsky

We are so made, that we can only derive intense enjoyment from a contrast and only very little from a state of things. Sigmund Freud

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is. William James

Once you start making the effort to ‘wake yourself up’ that is, be more mindful in your activities you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more. Robert Biswas Diener

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. Dalai Lama

The greater the crowd, the more insignificant the person. Carl Gustav Jung

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz

When we can no longer change the situation, we can only change ourselves. Viktor Frankl

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. Andy Rooney

Only a person who has faith in himself can be faithful to other. Erich Fromm

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely. Louisa May Alcott

The disappearance of the sense of responsibility is the greatest consequence of submission to authority. Stanley Milgram

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. William James

You’ve never been taught how to talk with your gestures, but you were taught to speak with words. Paul Ekman

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy

If an individual is intellectually passive, he will not be free morally. Jean Piaget

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry Truman

Never think that you already know all. However highly you are appraised, always have the courage to say to yourself I am ignorant. Ivan Pavlov

To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Julian Barnes

The objectives transform a random walk into a chase. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

We know what we are but not what we may be. Shakespeare

I am not in this life to fulfill the expectations of other people, nor do I feel that the world should comply with mine. Fritz Perls

We are what we are because we have been what we have been, and what is needed for solving the problems of human life and motives is not moral estimates but more knowledge. Sigmund Freud

A prejudice, unlike a wrong idea, is actively resistant to all the tests that try to deny it. Gordon W. Allport

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society. Jean Piaget

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin

When we encounter an unexpected challenge of threat, the only way to save ourselves is to hold on tight to the people around us and not let go. Shawn Achor

Follow your heart, but carry your brain with you. Alfred Adler

The truth is, bad things don’t affect us as profoundly as we expect them to. That’s true of good things, too. We adapt very quickly to either. Daniel Gilbert

Knowledge is an antidote to fear. Gerd Gigerenzer

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

People tend to evaluate themselves by comparing themselves with the others, not using absolute standards. Leon Festinger

Compassion does not render people tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers; but individuals who will take on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous conditions. Dacher Keltner

The best yearsof your lifeare the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. Albert Ellis

Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, and perseverance. Scott Barry Kaufmann

You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe. Oprah Winfrey

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James

Everything you do is triggered by an emotion of either desire or fear. Brian Tracy     

Everything can be taken from a man, but the last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitudes in any given set of circumstances. Viktor Frankl

Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. Albert Schweitzer

I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. Abraham Lincoln

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. David Richo       

The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path. Marcus Buckingham

It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits. Ellen J. Langer

Be content with what you have. Rejoice in how things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. Todd Kashdan

The best way to find out whether you’re on the right path? Stop looking at the path. Marcus Buckingham

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. Carl Rogers

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. Charles Dickens

Great spirits have often overcome violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

For happy people, time is ‘filled and planned.’ For unhappy people, time is unfilled, open and uncommitted; they postpone things and are inefficient. Michael Argyle

When I look at the world I’m pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic. Carl Rogers

Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not our there is that it’s inside us. Sonja Lyubomirsky

Don’t become a mere recorder of facts but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin. Ivan Pavlov

Vulnerability is not knowing victory of defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in. Brene Brown

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare

Once you start making the effort to ‘wake yourself up’ that is, be more mindful in your activities you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more. Robert Biswas Diener

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. Noam Chomsky

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. Thomas Szasz

Education survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten. B.F. Skinner

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. Mark Twain

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding. Erik Erikson

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway  

Much learning does not teach understanding. Heraclitus

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.  Plato

The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far reaching consequence of submission to authority. Stanley Milgram

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Gustav Jung

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve always believed that you can think positively just as well as you can think negatively. Sugar Ray Robinson

Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all. Erik Erikson

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz

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