50 Negativity Quotes For Seeing The Big Picture

Check out these mind-opening negativity quotes.

Shimon Peres, a politician from Isreal, once said, “Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives!”

In life, you will experience both dark and light, both pleasant and unpleasant, both enjoyable and intolerable.

Tell us which negativity quote most resonated with you in the comment section below.

What are the benefits of reading these negativity quotes?

Life is all about navigating through different polarities.

Negativity is a natural part of life.

We can redefine our relationship with negativity by not making it personal for us.

Negativity is a lot like a glass of water.

If you hold the water for a few moments, you are fine.

If you hold it all day, it will exhaust you.

If you hold it forever, it will paralyze your ability to accomplish anything else.

Negativity can:

  • create chronic stress
  • diminishes some of our cognitive skills
  • cause depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem

With mindfulness, we can incorporate negativity, allow it to form, and let it exit without fixating on it until it impedes our path.

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Short negativity quotes for Instagram

1. “Don’t bring negative to my door.” Maya Angelou

2. “I don’t want to speak negativity into existence.” SZA

3. “The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet.” Banksy

4. “Negativity can only feed on negativity.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

5. “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” Elbert Hubbard

6. “Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.” Shirley MacLaine

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

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

9. “The only thing keeping you from what you want is your story about why you can’t have it.” Tony Robbins

10. “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” George Bernard Shaw

Wise negativity quotes to keep in mind

11. “I never thought a role model should be negative.” Michael Jordan

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12. “There are so many great things in life; why dwell on negativity?” Zendaya

13. “The best way of removing negativity is to laugh and be joyous.” David Icke

14. “Negative thoughts are not protecting you. They are making you smaller.” Robert Kiyosaki

15. “You choose to ignore negativity; you choose to love, help, and give generously.” Rahul Badami

16. “Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives!” Shimon Peres

17. “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” Peace Pilgrim

18. “When you have a lot of stress and negativity around you, when you cut that away, you cleanse.” Lil Jon

19. “No matter the amount of negativity you’re presented with, five minutes from now could be your best moment.” Mod Sun

20. “Overcoming negative tendencies and enhancing positive potential are the very essence of the spiritual path.” Dalai Lama

Negativity quotes on the impact it has on our lives

21. “Negativity is the enemy of creativity.” David Lynch

22. “Regret leads to negativity, and negativity kills creativity.” Carol Channing

23. “Some people have a negative attitude, and that’s their disability.” Marla Runyan

24. “Creative words generate energy; negative words drain out energy.” Robert H. Schuller

25. “Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and wonders will happen in your life.” Joseph Murphy

26. “If you accept other people’s negativity, you allow your life to be limited by their lack of imagination.” Nick Maley

27. “It is intuitive that people who smile and cut out negativity from their life will live longer, healthier lives.” Deena B. Chopra

28. “Every moment spent in negativity is paid for with something truly priceless. That something is life.” Ralph Marston

29. “Having the strength to tune out negativity and remain focused on what I want gives me the will and confidence to achieve my goals.” Gisele Bundchen

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30. “Your body listens to you more than you might think, so if you think and talk negatively about it, whether to yourself or to others, it listens.” Corrina Thurston

Negativity quotes about the power of positivity

31. “Turn the negative into a positive and use the knowledge gained to propel you further.” Drew Eubanks

32. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson

33. “No matter how much you might feed off negativity, a positive message is always stronger.” Urijah Faber

34. “By developing a positive mindset, you get freedom from all the negativity inhabiting your mind.” Benjamin Smith

35. “Negativity is basically laziness. It takes a lot of hard work to remain positive, but positivity always pays off.” RuPaul

36. “If you’re not thinking about a negative thought, your vibration is going to raise to its natural positive place.” Esther Hicks

37. “Life is a daily cleansing. Negativity must be washed away if you wish to attract positive experiences to your life.” Leon Brown

38. “You will only find the happiness you seek when you drop your negative attitude towards life, embrace life and be happy.” — Leon Brown

39. “With every negative emotion comes more pessimistic behavior. And with more pessimistic behaviors comes even more negativity basically because one feeds the other.” Byron Pulsifer

40. “It’s unhealthy for people to never express any kind of negativity or doubt. To have balance, you need to address that side of your thoughts as well as the positive. Otherwise, you tend toward crazy.” — Shirley Manson

More negativity quotes to change your perspective

41. “The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity.” Mary Kay Ash

42. “Do not procrastinate as it makes you hold on to excuses and negativity.” Brandon Cutt

43. “When we fill our thoughts with right things, the wrong ones have no room to enter.” Joyce Meyer

44. “Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’” Eleanor Roosevelt

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45. “The enemy lies to make the problems we face appear larger than the solutions we carry.” Bill Johnson

46. “Generosity and kindness always feel good to give, and it never feels good to give grief or negativity.” Jason Becker

47. “Every day, you must unlearn the ways that hold you back. You must rid yourself of negativity, so you can learn to fly.” Leon Brown

48. “Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. See what happens to your life.” Yoko Ono

49. “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” Thomas Edison

50. “We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy.” Ellen DeGeneres

How do you let negativity impact you?

Many of us have been conditioned to respond to negativity with our emotions.

For some, this can be a natural and healthy way of working with negativity.

However, when we look at a magnet or a battery, we know it has two sides, a positive and negative sides.

We do not judge the negative side of a battery as something difficult to put up with.

No, we just understand it to be mechanically negative.

We do not associate an emotion or feeling behind this.

We can do the same with the negativity we experience in life, whether it comes from others or ourselves.

We can see negativity as energy, which, if harnessed correctly, can give us the inertia we need to get closer to our goals and aspirations.

It certainly takes practice, but it is possible.

How do you work with negativity?

Let us know in the comments.

Clifton Sankofa has Master's degrees in English, Teaching, and School Leadership. He is a veteran educator and school leader. Clifton has built his career around teaching language arts, social-emotional learning, hip-hop(e), and vegan cooking. Across the country, Black and Brown communities die over preventable diseases. Clifton's aim is to help reverse this trend through cultural shifts. Using hip-hop and cultural-centered activities, he educates young people on how to reclaim their health and heritage through sustainable vegan eating, cooking practices, and literacy skills.
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