Optimism Quotes


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

What day is it? asked Pooh.
It’s today, squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day, said Pooh.

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?

City of Ashes

Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes
Coffee    Humor    Optimism    Solace

I was blind and heart broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, "I have wonderful news!" And I was like, "I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now," and Gus said, "This is wonderful news you want to hear," and I asked him, "Fine, what is it?" and he said, "You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!

You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

Faith    Hope    Optimism

I am so far from being a pessimist...on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.

It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
"So it is."
"And freezing."
"Is it?"
"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.

TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

We’ll never survive!
Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

The Princess Bride
Doubt    Humor    Optimism    Survival

Well never survive!
Nonsense. Youre only saying that because no one ever has.

Doubt    Humor    Optimism    Survival

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.

In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.

Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. Yes is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes'.

Cynicism    Optimism    Wisdom    Youth

I'm not much but I'm all I have.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

Look on the bright side," said Simon, "If they need a human sacrifice, you can always offer me. I'm not sure the rest of you qualify anyway.

City of Ashes

Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes

The longest way must have its close - the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin

I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.

Unwind

Neal Shusterman

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.

Contact

Carl Sagan

Contact

there's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst.

Different Seasons

Stephen King

Different Seasons

We are not going to die."
Butters stared up at me, pale, his eyes terrified. "We're not?"
"No. And do you know why?" He shook his head. "Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I'm too stubborn to die." I hauled on the shirt even harder. "And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.

Dead Beat

Jim Butcher

Dead Beat

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

Funny    Humor    Optimism    Pessimism

Things are always better in the morning.

It is the possibility that keeps me going, and though you may call me a dreamer or a fool or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible.

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.

I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual

If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.

By four o'clock, I've discounted suicide in favor of killing everyone else in the entire world instead.

Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I'm a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it 'the eaten by wolves factor.' If I do something, what's the most terrible thing that could happen? Would I be eaten by wolves? One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don't worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.

Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.

No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.

Death    Endurance    Inspirational    Joy    Life    Optimism    Strength    Suicide    Truth

We must assume every event has significance and contains a message that pertains to our questions...this especially applies to what we used to call bad things...the challenge is to find the silver lining in every event, no matter how negative.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

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