Do you remember the last time you pat yourself on the back for something you accomplished? Or, is it easier to remember the last time you criticized yourself for something instead?

If being positive is difficult for you, there's a good chance you're allowing too much negativity into your life. This negativity can arrive in the form of negative people, habits, or attitudes.

No matter what shape it takes, it's worth examining your life to see where you can get rid of the things not positively serving you. Here are 17 quotes to inspire you to do just that.

1. "Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power." -- Shirley MacLaine

2. "There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?" -- C. JoyBell C.

3. "Negativity is the enemy of creativity." -- David Lynch

4. "If you attach to the negative behavior of others it brings you down to their level." -- Guru Singh

5. "We need to make sure we're all working together to change mindsets, to change attitudes, and to fight against the bad habits that we have as a society." -- Justin Trudeau

6. "There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." -- W. Clement Stone

7. "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

8. "Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form--you can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul." -- John O'Donohue

9. "Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you." -- Israelmore Ayivor

10. "Make no mistake about it. Bad habits are called 'bad' for a reason. They kill our productivity and creativity. They slow us down. They hold us back from achieving our goals. And they're detrimental to our health." -- John Rampton

11. "Negative people need drama like oxygen. Stay positive, it will take their breath away." -- Unknown

12. "When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness." -- Eckhart Tolle,

13. "Relationships with negative people are simply tedious encounters with porcupines. You don't have the remote knowledge how to be close to them without quills being shot in your direction." -- Shannon L. Alder

14. "You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will." -- Stephen King

15. "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." -- Helen Keller

16. "Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally." -- Kamand Kojouri

17. "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