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Optimistic Quotes That Will Help You See the Bright Side of Life

Optimism is one of the keys to getting started on striving for a better life. If you do not have faith in a greater future for yourself you will not work toward it, and will just continue to do the same mediocre things day after day.

You must believe that better things are going to come into your life. Get your mind right and take the necessary daily action that is required to take you to the top.

Let these quotes inspire within you the faith that you are destined to be a great success.

Optimism Quotes

“Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant – the digitalis of failure.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

Catherine Pulsifer quote "To find optimism, look for the good things in life"

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

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

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

“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.” – Oscar Wilde

“Optimism is the opium of the people.” – Milan Kundera
Colin Powell optimistic quote "Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier"

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

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” – Noam Chomsky

“Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.” – Voltaire

“What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.” – Bob Iger

“Optimism – the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.” – Ambrose Pierce

Matt Haig quote "If you can't give children optimism, then what are you doing?"

“If you can’t give children optimism, then what are you doing?” – Matt Haig

“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

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

“Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.” – Twyla Tharpe

Norman Cousins optimism quote "Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects"

“Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects.” – Norman Cousins

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

“Optimism can be more powerful than a battery of artillery or squadron of tanks. It can be contagious and it’s necessary to being a leader.” – Gen. Rick Hillier

“I try to think about optimism. I try to look at the beautiful things in life.” – Dolores O’Riordan

“Self-belief, optimism, and hard work, these things don’t guarantee to get any of us to the top, but they at least give us a fighting chance.” – Jason Ayres

MK Soni optimistic quote "Optimism makes a life happier and meaningful"

“Optimism makes a life happier and meaningful.” – M.K. Soni

“The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.” – Brian May

“Sports uplift us. It’s celebratory, gives us optimism and joy.” – Travis Kalanick

“True hopefulness and optimism is what leads one to dare. It is also what lifts one back up to dare again after a failed attempt.” – Bibi Bourelly

“My optimism for life carried through my work.” – John Dyer
“Optimism can be more powerful than a battery of artillery or squadron of tanks. It can be contagious and it’s necessary to being a leader.” – Sylvester Stallone
Marian Keyes optimistic quote "Optimism can be relearnt"

“Optimism can be relearnt.” – Marian Keyes

“Urgent optimism is the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope of success.” – Jane McGonigal

“It’s not that optimism solves all of life’s problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing.” – Lucy MacDonald, Learn to Be an Optimist

“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

“Optimism is joyful searching; pessimism is a prison of fear and a clutching at illusionary safety.” – Kathleen A. Brehony

Larry Elder quote "Optimism - It's not just a mind-set, it is behavior"

“Optimism. It’s not just a mind-set, it is behavior.” – Larry Elder

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Lou Retton

“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

“What is hope but a feeling of optimism, a thought that says things will improve, it won’t always be bleak, there’s a way to rise above the present circumstances. Hope is an internal awareness that you do not have to suffer forever, and that somehow, somewhere there is a remedy for despair that you will come upon if you can only maintain this expectancy in your heart.” – Wayne W. Dyer

Optimistic Outlook Quotes

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” – Lucy Larcom

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

Virgil optimism quote "They can because they think they can"

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

“I am enjoying my life because things aren’t going the way I planned.” – Rohit Pandita

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” – Walt Disney

“It isn’t all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.” – Gene Roddenberry

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” – Lucille Ball

Barak Obama quote "Don’t let your failures define you - let them teach you"

“Don’t let your failures define you—let them teach you.” – Barack Obama

“No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.” – David Hume

“In the hour of adversity, be not without hope; for crystal rain falls from black clouds.” – Nizami

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year"

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The way you look at life can determine your success. As they say, look on the bright side. Have an optimistic attitude.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

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

“I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with.” – Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Colleen Wilcox optimism quote "Teaching is the greatest act of optimism"

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” – Colleen Wilcox

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

“I believe I have a sunny disposition, and am not naturally a grouch. It takes a lot of optimism, after all, to be a traveler.” – Paul Theroux

“Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches.” – Gary Johnson

“You have to look to the future with optimism instead of negative ideas. Take the good and the bad and face it head on.” – Goldie Hawn

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"

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

“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” – Winston Churchill

“When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Be an optimist. Thinking positively will surely drive stress, pressure and frustrations away.” – Melinda Bauer, Managing Emotions

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns. The pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” – Khalil Gibran

Charlie Chaplin optimism quote "You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down"

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” – Nelson Mandela

“Beyond each impenetrable expanse of thundercloud obscurity reigns a boundless canopy of brilliant sapphire blue.” – Cara Fox

“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.” – Benjamin Franklin

“My optimism has helped me through some hard times. If you try to send out good things, good things come back to you.” – Jan Brett

Oprah optimistic quote "When I look at the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes!"

“When I look at the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes!” – Oprah Winfrey

“I am an optimist… I choose to be. There is a lot of darkness in our world, there is a lot of pain and you can choose to see that or you can choose to see the joy. If you try to respond positively to the world, you will spend your time better.” – Tom Hiddleston

“It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.” – Jimmy Buffett

Optimism vs. Pessimism Quotes

“Pessimism never won any battle.” – Dwight D. Eisenhauer

“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

Antonio Gramsci quote "I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will"

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” – Antonio Gramsci

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.” – Thomas L. Friedman

“To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.” – Albert Schweitzer

William James optimistic quote "Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power"

“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James

“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.” – William Arthur Ward

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

“The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity; the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem.” – William Arthur Ward

“Being a pessimist closes the door to a learning opportunity while being an optimist opens wide the door for a better future, one of personal and professional development.” – Jeff Ribman, Fail Better the Next Time

Margaret Atwood quote "Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality"

“Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality.” – Margaret Atwood

“It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.” – Orison Swett Marden

“The optimist turns the impossible into the possible; the pessimist turns the possible into the impossible.” – William Arthur Ward

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Harvey MacKay quote "Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be"

“Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be.” – Harvey Mackay

“Be more optimistic. Pessimism is a kind of behavior that you learn . Hoping for the best and believing that everything is going to be fine in the end helps to reduce stress.” – David Brown

“We should celebrate when optimism and hard work triumph over cynicism, lethargy, and fatalism.” – Sadiq Kahn

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.” – Albert Schweitzer

“No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.”– William Inge

Edward Prescott quote "Sometimes pessimism or optimism gets popular, and it's contagious"

“Sometimes pessimism or optimism gets popular, and it’s contagious.” – Edward C. Prescott

“There’s probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism. But I do not rule out optimism.” – Jim Leach

“A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all–he’s walking on them.” – Leonard L. Levinson

“It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.” – Orison Swett Marden

“I think in life, you have a choice. You can either be optimistic or pessimistic, and I go for the optimism.” – Jon Anderson

Margery Allingham optimism quote "The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable"

“The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.” – Margery Allingham

“I don’t think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.” – Patricia Ireland

“Optimism is life–Pessimism, slow suicide.” – William Crosby Hunter, Brass Tacs

Funny Optimistic Quotes

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.” – George Bernard Shaw

Henry Rollins optimism quote "My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud"

“My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.” – Henry Rollins

“Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.” – Voltaire

“The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.” – Tom Bodett

“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!” – Oscar Wilde

“Optimism isn’t funny unless you are laughing at the person, whereas extreme pessimism is extremely funny. It’s exaggeration.” – Steve Toltz

Oscar Wilde optimism quote "The basis of optimism is sheer terror"

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” – Oscar Wilde

“I find nothing more depressing than optimism.” – Paul Fussell

“It can be said of optimism that while sometimes mistaken, it is never sadly mistaken.” – Robert Breault

“What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.” – Raymond Error

“A pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.” – Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe)

Robin Williams quote"Comedy is acting out optimism"

“Comedy is acting out optimism.” – Robin Williams

“It’s not whether the glass is half empty or half full, but who’s pouring the water.” – Mark Cuban

“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.” – William Goldman

Now that you have read our optimistic quotes, we hope you are feeling more optimistic yourself! If there’s one thing to learn from these quotes, it’s that your attitude is the only thing stopping you from going out there into the world and making your dreams happen.

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