Quotes About Optimism

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These quotes about optimism will help you have a more optimistic view of the world. Optimism is a gift and a privilege. Being able to think about a good future is something that has helped many people push through when they are in their hardest seasons.

Sometimes when things get tough, we fail to see anything positive that could come out of that situation. I know what it is to feel like that. These quotes will inspire you, but remember to put in the work too to get out of such situations.

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  1. “Realistic people do not accomplish extraordinary things.” John Eliot

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2. “My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.” Henry Rollins
3. “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” Christine Caine

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4. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

5. “Optimism is the essence of every fighter; the belief that no matter what you’ll find a way to win.” MMA

6. “Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant” the digitalis of failure.

7. “To find optimism, look for the good things in life.”  Catherine Pulsifer

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8. “To be optimistic is to assume things will work out. To be hopeful is to realize things can work out if you work at them. Hope requires responsibility and agency; optimism relieves us of both. In rooting for your sports team, choose optimism. In rooting for democracy, choose hope. Eric Liu

9. “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

10. “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” Colin Powell

11 . “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Jack Layton

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12. “Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” Deep Roy

13. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” Roy T. Bennett

14. “Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” Nicholas M. Butler

15. “I think I am going to have to supercharge my optimism to arm myself for the battle ahead.” Rebecca Bloom

16. “Optimism: A cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea kettle to sing though in hot water up to its nose.” Unknown

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17. “Optimism isn’t a belief that things will automatically get better; it’s a conviction that we can make things better.” Melinda Gates

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

19. “Cultivate optimism by committing yourself to a cause, a plan, or a value system. You’ll feel that you are growing in a meaningful direction which will help you rise above day-to-day setbacks.” Robert Conroy

20. “For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise whatever appeals to you.” Krzysztof Kieslowski


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21. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” Oscar Wilde

22 . “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin

23. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs one step at a time.” Joe Girard

24. “A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.” Mark Twain

25. “Optimists do not write well.” Paul Valery

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26. “If at first, you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”  Steven Wright

27. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Mark Twain

28. “Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning

29. “If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.” Elvis Presley

30. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi Berra 

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31. “I’m not an optimist but hopefully one day I will be.” Nikhil Saluja
32.  “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” W.C. Fields

33. “The possible is just the impossible that we’ve come to accept.” Stewart Stafford

34. “When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.” Unknown

35. “Optimist: A proponent of the doctrine that black is white.” Ambrose Bierce

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36. “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” Kyle Chandler

37. “Write it on your heart every day, ‘this is the best day of the year,’ “ Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. “The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.” George Will

39. “Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.” Billie Burke

40. “The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.” James Branch Cabell

Optimism quotes for kids and students

41. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo

42. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

43. “Optimism is the source of havingness.” Meir Ezra

44. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl

55. “Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.” Mahatma Gandhi

46. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis

47. “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on
your way.” Dr. Seuss

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48. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins

49. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller

50. “Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” Usain Bolt

51. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein

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52. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart

53. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” Marcus Aurelius

54 . “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle

55. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” Bonnie Blair

56. “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” Stephen Richards

57. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” Winnie the Pooh

58. “They can because they think they can.” Virgil

59. “Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.” Dave Carolan

60. “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” Robert Tew

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61.”Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

62. “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” Walter Bagehot.

63. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

64. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Alexander Graham Bell

65. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” Socrates

66. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand

67. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” Denis Waitley

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68. “How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

69. “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” Steve Jobs.

70. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

71. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” Jeff Bezos

72. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho

75. “An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.” Zig Ziglar

73. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” Eva Young

74. “It’s the will that’s awakened in the darkness, that brings us to a more permanent light.” Doniel Katz

Morning Quotes About Optimism

76. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” Thomas Carlyle

77. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.” Nolan Bushnell.

78. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” Dalai Lama

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79. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Confucius

80. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Optimistic quotes for hard times

81. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” Duke Ellington

82. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien

83. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey

84. “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” Lou Holtz

85. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one.” Elbert Hubbard

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86. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino

87. “A good half of the art of living is resilience.” Alain de Botton

88. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Robert H Schuller

89. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene

Short Quotes About Optimism

90. “He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” William Samuel Johnson

91. “You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.” Joel Osteen

92. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” Steve Maraboli

93. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” Kevin Kruse

94 “Never give in. Never, never, never.” Winston Churchill

95. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” Frida Kahlo

96. “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” Mary Engelbreit

97. “Some knowledge is too heavy…you cannot bear it…your Father will carry it until you are able.” Corrie ten Boom

98. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get, you’ve got to make yourself.” Alice Walker

99. “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” James Allen

100. “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” Shannon L. Alder

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