Quotes About Optimism

Quotes tagged as "optimism" (showing 61-90 of 490)
Eugene O'Neill
“I am so far from being a pessimist...on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.”
Eugene O'Neill

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

Dylan Thomas
“I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.”
Dylan Thomas

Mark Twain
“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.”
Mark Twain

Darynda Jones
“I like to see the glass as half full, hopefully of jack daniels.”
Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right

“If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”
Voltaire, Candide

Stephen Colbert
“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.”
Stephen Colbert

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Thou hast seen nothing yet.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Tamar Myers
“I will be the first to admit that I am a pessimist by nature. It is, after all, the wisest way to be. We pessimists have everything to gain, whereas optimists have a fifty-fifty chance of being disappointed.”
Tamar Myers, As the World Churns

William Faulkner
“If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can.”
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

Orhan Pamuk
“In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant "now," even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

Arthur C. Clarke
“I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself.”
Arthur C. Clarke

“You can't make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.”
Julien Smith, The Flinch

Rick Steves
“Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.”
Rick Steves

Paul Fussell
“i find nothing more depressing than optimism.”
Paul Fussell

Joyce Carol Oates
“Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ­expect the worst.”
Joyce Carol Oates

David Levithan
“Once time is lit, it will burn whether or not you're breathing it in. Even after smoke becomes air, there is the memory of smoke. I am seeing as if by the light of a match, a glimpse of my life and having it feel right.”
David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.”
― Robert Brault

John Wyndham
“It must be, I thought, one of the race's most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that "it can't happen here" -- that one's own time and place is beyond cataclysm.”
John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

May Sarton
“In the middle of the night, things well up from the past that are not always cause for rejoicing--the unsolved, the painful encounters, the mistakes, the reasons for shame or woe. But all, good or bad, give me food for thought, food to grow on.”
May Sarton, At Seventy: A Journal

Steve Voake
“Relax. They're not going to kill us. They're going to TRY and kill us. And that is a very different thing.”
Steve Voake, The Dreamwalker's Child

C.S. Lewis
“My own idea, for what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not either arising from the repentance of a concrete sin and hastening towards concrete amendment or restitution, or else arising from pity and hastening to active assistance, is simply bad; and I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to 'rejoice' as much as by anything else.

Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue.”
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Louis D. Brandeis
“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.”
Louis D. Brandeis

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Well, you can go on looking forward," said Gandalf. "There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Julie Andrews Edwards
“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up? Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn't notice.”
Julie Andrews Edwards, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

Dorothy Parker
“London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.”
Dorothy Parker

“Optimist: “It is on the slow ride that the heart beats fastest.”
Realist: “We would’ve snuggled on the Ferris wheel, it’s true – but only the rollercoaster could have made me scream.”
Pessimist: “Yes, we most wish to love those who bore us.”
Idealist: “Then why not live the excitement of your dreams?”
Pragmatist: “Just don’t fall off the Ferris wheel in your simulated swoon – wear a seat belt!”
Metaphysician: “What for, when the fall would be such a short descent into heaven!”
Bauvard, The Darkness of Nature

James A. Owen
“If I can't joke about imminent death, then I might as well just resign.”
James A. Owen, The Search for the Red Dragon

Kamila Shamsie
“You have this ability to find beauty in weird places.”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

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