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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

“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

Susin Nielsen
“...studies show that in general, optimists die ten years earlier than pessimists."
"I find that hard to believe"
"Of course you do, you're an optimist. You have a misguided belief that things will go your way. You don't see the dangers till it's too late. Pessimists are more realistic.
"That seems like a sad way to govern your life."
"It's a safe way to govern your life.”
Susin Nielsen, Optimists Die First

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If I continually focus on what I don’t have, my life will always be completely empty despite the fact that it’s completely full.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

C. JoyBell C.
“Some people are optimists. Some people are pessimists. I'm just a realist who believes that some things are worth fighting for.”
C. JoyBell C.

“The optimist sees the glass half full. The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The chemist sees the glass completely full, half in liquid state and half in gaseous, both of which is probably poisonous.”
Weike Wang, Chemistry

“There may be clouds in the sky, and rain may be falling, but this doesn't mean the sun has stopped shining.”
Connor Chalfant

Bogdan Vaida
“The strategist chooses the shortest path while the leader chooses the path through which he learns something new.”
Bogdan Vaida

“Meeting obstacles can be a blessing! Just know the lesson and change something with the lessons and you shall see a new lesson with a blessing!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Eudora Welty
“His (my father's) general belief in life's well-being worked either way. 'Have you ever had it before? You have? It's not going to kill you, then. If you've had the same thing before, you'll be alright in the morning.' My mother couldn't have more profoundly disagreed with that. 'You're such an optimist, dear,' she often said with a sigh. 'You're a good deal of a pessimist, sweetheart.' 'I certainly am.' And yet, I was well aware as I stood between them, he the optimist was the one who was prepared for the worst, and she the pessimist was the daredevil.”
Eudora Welty, On Writing

Sara Baume
“My mother likes odd numbers and is suspicious of the even ones. She reads a new book every week and is bewitched by black holes in the universe. She describes herself as an optimist but she worries about everything—worries incessantly—worries on behalf of others when she feels they are not worrying adequately for themselves.

And my mother misses her own mother, my grandmother, immensely, who only has a past now; who is only allowed to be as we remember her.”
Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

“When you concentrate much on the faults, you shall be at fault. When you always focus on the solutions, you shall always be a solution. Don’t just find faults; be a solution digger! You shall definitely meet some faults in your journey to digging for a solution, but mind your true purpose: solution! Don’t just find faults; be the solution to the problems you see!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“We choose the prism that we use to view life. Life can be a mystical tour or an outright bummer. We can live our life with the taint of aftermath or look forward to embracing each beguiling day with renewed energy and enthusiasm.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Katherine Applegate
“Kek finds sun when the sky is dark.”
Katherine Applegate, Home of the Brave

“Use every person's skill set to the fullest. Both optimists and pessimists contribute. An optimist invents the hot air balloon, and a pessimist invents the parachute." - Ramesh Lohia and Surbhi Lohia, consultants, Six Sigma, KaizeniSixSigmaKaizen. In Quality Quotes, Sep 1, 2016, Knowledge Center, ASQ [ AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY]”
Ramesh Lohia and Surbhi Lohia

Patrick Downes
“Is the definition of a pessimist a person who only sees what he hasn't got but wants? Would an optimist never see the empty space?
Or is there some other detail I'm leaving out? Is it more complicated?
I don't know. It isn't always bad to see the empty space, is it? Isn't it all right to see both, the filled space and the empty space? You could be in either. I have to try and see everything.”
Patrick Downes, Fell of Dark

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The young pessimist is much older than the old optimist!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most pessimists are blinded by darkness.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people could keep their rain on their own parade?”
Niedria Dionne Kenny, Phenomenally Me: My Sweet 2016

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Being thankful reminds us that if it’s broken it’s an opportunity.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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