The tower of interpretation

Lemony Snicket - Author

Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.

Bible from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Ellen J. Langer - Professor of psychology at Harvard University

If something is presented as an accepted truth, alternative ways of thinking do not even come up for consideration.

Wayne Dyer - American self-help and spiritual author and a motivational speaker

You'll see it when you believe it.

Ward Farnsworth - Dean of the University of Texas School of Law

The first principle of practical Stoicism is this: we don’t react to events; we react to our judgments about them, and the judgments are up to us.

Mark Twain - American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Genpo Roshi - American Zen and spirituality teacher

In reality, there are an infinite number of perspectives, but we act as if there were only one.

Ervin Seale - Speaker and writer in New Thought era

It is not what is happening to you but rather what is happening in you that determines whether you succeed or fail.

Marie Forleo - American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

Just because someone doesn't like what you do doesn't mean no one else will. A person's opinion is not The Truth, it's their truth.

Epictetus - Greek Stoic philosopher

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

Epictetus - Greek Stoic philosopher

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

David Joseph Schwartz, Jr. - American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959

The mind is what the mind is fed.

Marcus Aurelius - Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Seneca - Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature

There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. 

Richard John Koch - British management consultant, venture capital investor and author of books on management, marketing and lifestyle

We can change the way that we think about external events, even where we cannot change them. And we can do something more. We can intelligently change our exposure to events that make us either happy or unhappy.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books

While you can't control your experiences, you can control your explanations.

Abraham Harold Maslow - American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

William Glasser - American psychiatrist

If everyone could learn that what is right for me does not make it right for anyone else, the world would be a much happier place.

Esther Hicks - American inspirational speaker and author

There is so much more that is going right in your world than wrong.

Eckhart Tolle - Spiritual teacher and best-selling author. the tower

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

Carlos Castaneda - American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs

Things don't change, only the way you look at them.

Bill Harris - Involved in personal development for nearly 40 years as a seeker, teacher, public speaker, author, musician, composer, therapist, workshop leader, and business owner

Nothing has any intrinsic meaning. But if you are going to place a meaning on what is happening, which meaning would you want, the happiness meaning, or the unhappiness meaning? It is your choice, though most people don’t realize it is a choice. This whole discussion, and the idea that you could really choose to be happy and peaceful, may sound utopian to you. Becoming conscious enough to notice when you’re suffering, to notice what meaning you’ve placed on a situation, and to consciously change that meaning, doesn’t come easily.

Don Miguel Ruiz - Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts. His work is best-received among members of the New Thought movement that focuses on ancient teachings as a means to achieve spiritual enlightenment

You see everything is about belief, whatever we believe rules our existence, rules our life.

Stephen Covey - American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or, as we are conditioned to see it.

Ryan Holiday - American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer

There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means. 

Ryan Holiday - American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer

The pretense of knowledge is our most dangerous vice, because it prevents us from getting any better.