Optimist Quotes

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Lemony Snicket
“If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say in a pleasant and hopeful voice, "Well this isn't too bad, I don't have a left arm anymore but at least nobody will ever ask me if I'm left-handed or right-handed," but most of us would say something more along the lines of, "Aaaaaa! My arm! My arm!”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Vera Nazarian
“People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is.

An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.

An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices.

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.

Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Brandon Sanderson
“Definitely not—you optimists just can't understand that a depressed person doesn't want you to try and cheer them up. It makes us sick.”
Brandon Sanderson, Elantris

William Golding
“I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.”
William Golding

Dr. Seuss
“A Wasn’t just isn't. He just isn't present. But you… You ARE YOU! And, now isn't that pleasant!”
Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

Jenny Han
“I say looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody.”
Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Criss Jami
“Trustful people are the pure at heart, as they are moved by the zeal of their own trustworthiness.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Kristan Higgins
“Tried be cheerful, tried be upbeat, tried not to let my feelings show, not to blame him, not to mind when day after day, week after week, his nonchalance eroded my heart. Sometimes, being an optimist was quite the fucking effort.”
Kristan Higgins, All I Ever Wanted

Jonathan Harnisch
“I keep moving ahead, as always, knowing deep down inside that I am a good person and that I am worthy of a good life.”
Jonathan Harnisch

Don Marquis
“An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.”
Don Marquis

“An optimist is a man who plant two acorns and buy a hammock.”
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny

Anna Funder
“Lately, a study has suggested that depressed people have a more accurate view of reality, though this accuracy is not worth a bean because it is depressing, and depressed people live shorter lives. Optimists and believers are happier and healthier in their unreal worlds.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

David Amerland
“Hope is something that is built from small parts. Perceived actions. Observed effects. Imperfect understanding. Uncertain knowledge. Acknowledged fears. The things each of us projects and says and does in the physical world. Hope then is made up of tiny bits and pieces of us. All of us, together.”
David Amerland

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If it didn’t go all that well today, tomorrow is the opportunity that I have to do what I did today without doing it the way that I did it today.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people usually make lemons, when life gives them lemonade.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Eudora Welty
“He, who had once been the declared optimist, had not once expressed hope. Now it was she who was offering it to him. And it might be false hope”
Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter

“Agathisim is the doctrine that all things tend towards ultimate good, as distinguished from optimism, which holds that all things are now for the best. An agathist accepts that evil and misfortune will ultimately happen, but that the eventual outcome leads towards the good. A setback never deters an agathist. We must not allow failure to act to arrest, diminished, or impoverish personal development and growth. We must be loyal to other people as well as be equally devoted to achieving our personal goals while adhering to our principles. If we betray ourselves at the bidding of other people, we forfeit everything that will ever matter.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Seeing life as a gift is less the circumstances and more our attitude.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Optimists do more with less while pessimists do less with more.”
F. Allen Davis, Continuous Improvement By Improving Continuously (CIBIC): Addressing the Human Factors During the Pursuit of Process Excellence

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“There are those who say that it can’t be done, and then there are those who say that it will be done. If I listen to the former, it will never be done. But if I listen to the latter, I’ll find that it’s already done before it’s done.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Optimism is an effort.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Germany Kent
“I don't deal with people who have no goals and no vision. If that sounds like you, stay away from me. I'm not your kind of person. ”
Germany Kent

“To be a conservationist is to be an eternal optimist. Pessimism serves no purpose, not when you are trying to change the world.”
Jan Deblieu, Meant to Be Wild: The Struggle to Save Endangered Species through Captive Breeding

“a stubborn heart will always find a way
to pick up all the stars from all the skies
it's dreaming of”
Dahi Tamara Koch, Within the event horizon: poetry prose

Jill Eileen Smith
“She stopped to inspect some of the blossoms on the almond trees and watched the butterflies flap tiny wings from the bushes to the skies. Oh, to have such freedom. Like a bird, they were not confined to the king's palaces or a specific set of rooms. If she thought on it overmuch, she had to admit that in her new life she felt more like a bird caged than one set free. And she missed her family. Not Mordecai, for she saw him often, but her cousins, their wives, the children. Especially the children. How long had it been since she had chased Isha through the house and taught the children of Noah!
She walked past the almond trees, forcing her mind to ponder the beauty around her. Gratitude was a better choice than lonely complaints.”
Jill Eileen Smith, Star of Persia: Esther's Story

Steven Magee
“President Trump is a dangerous optimist.”
Steven Magee

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“What is deemed a nightmare by one person another deems an adventure.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Amit Kalantri
“No obstacle is big enough for optimism.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“Optimism outsmart all obstacles.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Whether you make your own decisions or someone else makes it for you, there will be problems in life. It's how you deal with those problems, will decide whether you have a happy life or not.”
Vidisha Chandna

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