Optimism Quotes

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.


Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. And you can do it when things are tough.

Richard M. DeVos

An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.

Felix Adler

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

James Branch Caball

Optimists are nostalgic about the future.

Chicago Tribune

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

An optimist is merely an ex-pessimist with his pockets full of money, his digestion in good condition, and his wife in the country.

Helen Rowland

There is an optimism which nobly anticipates the eventual triumph of great moral lows, and there is an optimism which cheerfully tolerates unworthiness.

Agnes Repplie

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door-or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.

Joan Rivers

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.

Albert Schweitzer

In this world, the optimists have it, not because they are always right, but because they are positive. Even when they are wrong they are positive, and that is the way of achievement, correction, improvement, and success. Educated, eye-open optimism pays.

David Landes

The accumulation of small, optimistic acts produces quality in our culture and in your life. Our culture resonates in tense times to individual acts of grace.

Jennifer James

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, an mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all-he's walking on them.

D. O. Glynn

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.

Don Marquis

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.

Daniel L. Reardon

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Updated On : May 25, 2013
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