50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes

We tried to include everyone that is Who’s Who of Positive Psychology. We also included quotes by some giants who are not positive psychologists, but without those of their words, the world would have been poorer. As we searched through the publicly available resources, the journey became increasingly fascinating and we rushed to include Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Sigmund Freud, and Carl G. Jung.

We also went a little adventurous and included some great quotes from people who were or are inspirational masters of their trade, but incidentally not from the world of psychology, as Nick Vujicic, Dalai Lama, Paul Romer, and even Kurt Cobain.

We briefly point here that it was in 1998 that positive psychology was formally introduced to the world by Martin Seligman along with Christopher Peterson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Ed Diener. By the way, it was Maslow who coined the phrase ‘positive psychology’ in 1954.

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50 Greatest Positive Psychology Quotes 

Martin Seligman quote

1. Martin Seligman

Ed Diener quote

2. Ed Diener

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote

3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. - Csikszentmihalyi Click To Tweet

Christopher Peterson quote

4. Christopher Peterson

Robert Biswas-Diener quote

5. Robert Biswas-Diener

Todd Kashdan quote

6. Todd B. Kashdan

Ellen Langer quote

7. Ellen J. Langer

It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits. ― E. Langer Click To Tweet

Barbara Fredrickson quote

8. Barbara L. Fredrickson

Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. - B. Fredrickson Click To Tweet

Ilona Boniwell quote

9. Ilona Boniwell

Viktor Frankl quote

10. Viktor Frankl

Carl Rogers quote

11. Carl Rogers

Jonathan Haidt quote

12. Jonathan Haidt

Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants. - Jonathan Haidt Click To Tweet

Michael Argyle quote

13. Michael Argyle

Daniel Kahneman quote

14. Daniel Kahneman

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it. - Daniel Kahneman Click To Tweet

Soren Kierkegaard quote

15. Soren Kierkegaard

Dalai Lama quote

16. Dalai Lama

Chuck Palahniuk quote

17. Chuck Palahniuk

We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. - Chuck Palahniuk Click To Tweet

Virginia Satir quote

18. Virginia Satir

Abraham Maslow quote

19. Abraham Maslow

Edward de Bono quote

20. Edward de Bono

Erik Erikson quote

21. Erik Erikson

We need each other. The sooner we learn that, it is better for us all. - Erik Erikson Click To Tweet

Nick Vujicic quote

22. Nick Vujicic

Daniel Gilbert quote

23. Daniel Gilbert

Shawn Achor quote

24. Shawn Achor

Sonja Lyubomirsky quote

25. Sonja Lyubomirsky

 Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it's not out there is that it's inside us. Click To Tweet

Tal Ben-Shahar quote

26. Tal Ben-Shahar

Brené Brown quote

27. Brene Brown

Charles Snyder quote

28. Charles R. Snyder

Scott Barry Kaufman quote

29. Scott Barry Kaufman

Every person...is full of great possibilities that can be realized through imagination, effort, & perseverance. Click To Tweet

Marcus Buckingham quote

30. Marcus Buckingham

Sigmund Freud quote

31. Sigmund Freud

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. - Sigmund Freud Click To Tweet

Kennon Sheldon quote

32. Kennon M. Sheldon

Carol Dweck quote

33. Carol S. Dweck

Becoming is better than being. - Carol S. Dweck Click To Tweet

Carl Jung quote

34. Carl G. Jung

Alice Miller quote

35. Alice Miller

Nathaniel Lambert quote

36. Nathaniel Lambert

Albert Schweitzer quote

37. Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it. - Albert Schweitzer Click To Tweet

Lao Tzu quote

38. Lao Tzu

Gretchen Rubin quote

39. Gretchen Rubin

Barry Schwartz quote

40. Barry Schwartz

We can regret less and be grateful for what is good in life. - Barry Schwartz Click To Tweet

Sharon Salzberg quote

41. Sharon Salzberg

The difference between misery & happiness depends on what we do with our attention. - Sharon Salzberg Click To Tweet

Susan Cain quote

42. Susan Cain

Robert A. Emmons quote

43. Robert A. Emmons

When we are grateful, we affirm that a source of goodness exists in our lives. - Robert Emmons Click To Tweet

Dacher Keltner quote

44. Dacher Keltner

Roy Baumeister quote

45. Roy F. Baumeister

Paul Romer quote

46. Paul Romer

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. - Paul Romer Click To Tweet

Rosalind Kaplan quote

47. Rosalind Kaplan

Denial is a useful defense mechanism until it's not. - Rosalind Kaplan Click To Tweet

John Gottman quote

48. John M. Gottman

Todd B. Kashdan quote 2

49. Todd B. Kashdan

Kurt Cobain quote

50. Kurt Cobain

Final Words

We might have missed a whole lot of quotes that should have never been overlooked. We apologize. Please include a comment on which positive psychology quote we have missed. Thank you! (And, yes, Todd B. Kashdan makes double appearance!)

50 Greatest Psychology Quotes

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