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25 Negativity Quotes from Famous People

by Derrick
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It is not uncommon to have negative thoughts or feel down sometimes. What you do in these moments is critical to your wellbeing. The negativity quotes listed in this article, spoken by famous people, speaks to the pervasiveness of a negative mindset.

It is often said that negativity breeds negativity. Individuals with poor psychology and behaviors are the same folks who negatively impact your life. Many people are so negative that they even have famous role models to support the backward psychology. 

It is essential to avoid engaging with people that demoralize you since they have nothing good to give. You must give them enough space so their negative mentality doesn’t affect your well-being.

Negativity Quotes from Famous People

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

– Joyce Meyer

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.

— Albert Einstein

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

— Kobe Bryant

Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.

— Jim Carrey

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

— Elbert Hubbard

Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.

― Gina Lake

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

— Zig Ziglar

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

— Willie Nelson

Reduce the time you spend with negative people and surround yourself with positive people, it will soon rub off on you too.

— Andy C. E. Brown

It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it.

― Erin Gruwell

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

— Peace Pilgrim

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

— Robert H. Schuller

The less you respond to negative people, the more powerful your life will become.

— Robert E. Baine, Jr

When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies, we open the opportunity to work on them.

― Allan Lokos

No matter how good you are, someone is always going to be against you. But never let them be the limit of your success.

— Terry Mark

No matter how many times you tried to give them advice to solve their ‘problems’ out, tried to help or comfort them, to show them that things aren’t really that bleak or desperate, they just kept on whining. They didn’t change a single thing.

— Luka Maras

You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.

— Joel Osteen

Beware of those who criticize you when you deserve some praise for an achievement, for it is they who secretly desire to be worshiped.

― Suzy Kassem

Never judge someone’s character based on the words of another. Instead, study the motives behind the words of the person casting the bad judgment.

― Suzy Kassem

Gravitate towards your goals and avoid negative people and situations.

— Phillip Crone

Learn to use the criticism as fuel and you will never run out of energy.

— Orrin Woodward

Someone who has self-confidence thinks positively about the present and the future while on the other hand someone who lacks confidence carries a negative perspective in regard to his/her potential and future hopes and dreams.

— T Whitmore

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” — Hans Selye

People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.

― Steve Maraboli

I don’t have time, energy, or interest in hating the haters; I’m too busy loving the lovers.

— Steve Maraboli

How to Overcome Negativity in Others

An easy way out of negativity in others is to distance yourself from them; avoid them to a reasonable extent that their negativity doesn’t get to you. Just say no to them.

However, it is better to build healthy relationships with people. You can rid them of this pessimistic mindset. They can also be better versions of themselves.

How to Relate with Negative People

In addressing others’ negativity, using your counter negativity is a common intuitive strategy. It’s natural for one to tend to be vexed or repulsive when relating with extreme pessimists or a generally negative person, especially when their negative vibes seem to affect you in one way or another. This is an ineffective approach since negativity is compounded. Negativity breeds negativity; your poor response to their negative actions merely adds oil to the flame.

Here’s a rather practical step-by-step approach I’d recommend for relating with negative people to overcome negativity in them without dragging yourself down with them.

Step 1: Recognize and Support Their Feelings

First, You have to put yourself in their position, share their sentiments, and consider their point of view. It is usually easy to judge people negatively when you have never been in their position or faced similar circumstances like them. Negative emotions are generally not very easy to eliminate. If you share common feelings with them, you will be able to see things more clearly and find a space to relate with them.

Step 2: Relate with Them on a Common Ground

Next, you need to find a spot to agree with them. Look for a point of contact where you can relate to them. This is very important. You need to try to see the aspects you can start engaging with on a neutral ground. It will help to have a meaningful conversation and relationship rather than vain arguments or provocations, as the case may be.

Step 3: Enforce Their Positivity

Finally, discover and encourage their positive attributes. It does not necessarily require attempting to persuade people to be optimistic. It entails focusing on any positive attitude they exhibit. The aim is to give more attention to their positive ideas. And to provide solid assurance and encouragement. It’s practical because it’s based on genuine positive sentiments that they already experience, rather than optimistic feelings that you believe they ought to have.

How to Overcome Negativity in Yourself

negative vs positive version of self

A negative person is anyone whose manner of thoughts and conversation highlights all the negative aspects of themselves, other people, or events. This personality is usually challenging for people close to them since they frequently perceive the world from a negative perspective.

While a negative mindset and thinking will drag you down and shield you from achievable dreams, most negative thinkers find it difficult to get rid of the mindset and behavior. Most do not even see it as a bad way of living. There are obvious signs that indicate one’s way of life permits negative psychology.

We all need to assess ourselves honestly because most negative people find it difficult to see themselves that way.

Signs to Know You are a Negative Person

Are you constantly pessimistic? Do you see the bad in every scenario, even if it doesn’t exist? If this is the case, it may be time to reconsider your perspective for a better mental health. Below are observable signs that you are more of a negative person:

  • You complain or worry too much
  • Focus on your past way more than your future
  • Always reluctant to start or follow through with projects
  • Tend to get jealous of other’s success easily
  • You are very pessimistic; you don’t really see the good side of situations
  • Mostly hesitate to try because you don’t want to fail
  • Usually, you see the bad in most people
  • Dislike being corrected in most situations
  • Easily affiliate success to luck rather than hard work
  • Success stories do not easily move you; you don’t even celebrate your wins
  • Most people complain about habits you see nothing wrong with
  • You tend to withdraw from trying new things; you even discourage others
  • You are your own boss; you don’t take others’ opinions serious
  • You pick fights easily, and you’re never at fault
  • You find it difficult to forgive and let go

Yes, there are days we wake on the wrong side of the bed with a sour attitude, frown at people, complain about how horrible the traffic is, and generally seem intolerant. While this is not bad, if the countenance persists for days or weeks, there’s a high possibility that it’s more than simply a bad mood; you’re likely a negative person.

Ways to Overcome Negativity Yourself

Negativity is well-known to be a habit that holds individuals back. If you have a negative view about almost everything or believe that things in your life are never good enough, nothing nice has happened or will happen. It is high time you reviewed yourself. There are always unpleasant aspects in our life, and sometimes it seems the negative exceeds the positive to the point that we cannot notice any positivity.

Here is a practical approach to subduing negativity in oneself:

Step 1: Perform a Thorough Self-Assessment

Examine yourself. No one is perfect; the only way to get better is to know where you were wrong yesterday and improve on it today. If your lifestyle seems to be negative, perform a detailed self-examination to identify all your excesses. Take note of all the negative aspects of your life in order to improve on them.

Step 2: Know Your Negativity Triggers

Negative things happen to everybody, and I’m not advising ignoring them or pretending they are not there. But suppose the negative occurrences are the only ones that seem to happen to you regularly. In that case, something in your mentality may be allowing this negativity to be more prominent. Take note of the kind of thoughts, environment, people, and so on that spurs bad vibes in you and avoid them.

Step 3: Distract yourself from Negative Thoughts

You are not letting yourself be happy if you permit negativity. You can have bad events or emotions, but try not to allow them to dominate your thoughts for too long. Negative thoughts deprive you of happiness.

Step 4: Do Not Try Too Hard

In the effort of trying to overcome a negative mindset, do not try too hard. You might as well get used to struggling with it. Be at ease. With little but consistent effort, you’d eventually crawl out of your dark side with a little but consistent effort and see things more positively.

Step 5: Engage Positive People, Thinking, and Activities

You should think positively about yourself. Avoid continually talking or thinking negatively about yourself. Remind yourself of the positive things daily until the negative thinking fades and you return to your optimistic self.

Step 6: Celebrate Your Wins

You’re incredible. Rather than concentrating on your shortcomings and defects, focus on your strengths and how you may improve your life. Love yourself and enjoy your development process. Keeping a diary is a good approach to incorporating more optimism into your life so that you can observe your progress for yourself. Do well to celebrate your little and big wins; they all matter to keep you going.

Also, it would be best to appreciate what you have rather than what is missing. Avoid having negative thoughts when someone acts nice to you or something positive happens to you. Do not let unpleasant previous experiences prevent you from seeing things in their true light.


In your day-to-day living, you’d sometimes or even frequently have to relate with negative people. This shouldn’t bother you much. There are safe ways to relate to them and cope well in the situation. Stay away from directly confronting negative people to keep your healthy mindset. Many of them resolve to engage in arguments when confronted about their negative psychology. They tend to drag you down the pessimistic pit rather than reason any positivity in situations.

And should in case you find yourself a negative thinker, follow the practical guide above to stir your optimist perception. Be positive! Optimism will improve the quality of your lifestyle. Keep your thoughts straight, and appreciate yourself. You are doing just fine.

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