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"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."
"Whatever qualities the rich may have, they can be acquired by anyone with the tenacity to become rich. The key, I think, is confidence. Confidence and an unshakable belief it can be done and that you are the one to do it."
"As I look forward, I'm very optimistic about the things I see ahead."
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
:Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."
"The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy."
"It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the grain of sand in your shoe."
"Explain to people that everything they say is an affirmation. Everything they think is an affirmation. Everything! What you want to do is to get control of what you are saying and thinking, so these things bring you good experiences in life rather than rotten experiences."
Every problem has a gift for you in its hands."
"When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic."
: :Charles R. Swindoll
"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible."
:Orison Swett Marden
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity."
:Sir Winston Churchill
"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles."
"I'm an optimist. I've always believed the future is going to be better than the past. And I also believe I have a role in that. The great thing about human beings, myself in particular, is that I can change. I can do better. If you can get up every day, stay optimistic, and believe the future is better than the past, those few things get you through a lot of tough times."
Optimism, no matter how false it may seem, is necessary for species survival at a time when the ozone layer is disintigrating, mass extinctions are rampant, wars are as plentiful as ever, toxins pervade every meal and every breath, and nuclear power plants function near populated areas with human error as likely there as anywhere else.
:GLORIA GARFUNKEL, "Lifeline," A Perilous Calling
For myself I am an optimist -- it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
:WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Nov. 9, 1954
Unsatisfied desire is the characteristic feature of human life. That is the common fact out of which both pessimism and optimism are constructed. Dwell on the impossibility of ever getting a state of complete and permanent satisfaction with what you have, and you become a pessimist. Dwell on the opportunity for endless growth and conquest which this same fact makes possible, and you become an optimist.
:WILLIAM DEWITT HYDE, The Art of Optimism
The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
:DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, Letters and Papers from Prison
Optimism inspires, energizes, and brings out our best. It points the mind toward possibilities and helps us think creatively past problems.
:PRICE PRITCHETT, Hard Optimism
Success requires enough optimism to provide hope and enough pessimism to prevent complacency.
:DAVID G. MYERS, Exploring Psychology
Optimism, then, is a fact within my own heart. But as I look out upon life, my heart meets no contradiction. The outward world justifies my inward universe of good.
:HELEN KELLER, Optimism: An Essay
In Europe, what Americans see as optimism can simply seem like arrogance.
:MARY FONTAINE, quoted in Working With Emotional Intelligence
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
:MAHATMA GANDHI, Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom
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 to 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!"
:DANIEL HANDLER (as Lemony Snicket), Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
:WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
Thus will we deal with life, my little help-meet. Will we not, eh? What though it blink at us like an owl that is blinded by the sun, we will yet force it to smile.
:LEONID ANDREYEV, The Life of Man
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