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Optimism is inevitably the last hope of the defeated. ...
by Albert Meltzer

Optimism is inevitably the last hope of the defeated.
- Albert Meltzer

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller PHOTO
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Gardening is all about optimism.
I put a seed in the ground.
I consistently tend it,
confident I will see the results, in time,
of the nurture I have provided.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Gardening is all about optimism.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whatever happens, always look to tomorrow -
with courage and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

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

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.
If it be true that optimism compels the world forward,
and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to
propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
- Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell

Optimism is the harmony between man's spirit
and of God pronouncing His works good.
- Helen Keller

If you are over 30, get out your high-school yearbook
and look for ideas you can apply today -
perhaps an innocent optimism about life -
perhaps a hobby you loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

These are the soul's changes.
I don't believe in ageing.
I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.
Hence my optimism.
- Virginia Woolf

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
- Nicholas M. Butler

Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
- Arnold Bennett

I am not a prophet in any sense of the word,
and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the
foregoing mixture of optimism,
fatalism, and conservatism.
- Herbert Croly

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

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War,
made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
- Stephen Ambrose

Comedy is acting out optimism.
- Robin Williams

The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.
- Margery Allingham

There is no fun in psychiatry.
If you try to get fun out of it, you pay a considerable
price for your unjustifiable optimism.
- Harry Stack Sullivan

I am not a pessimist; to perceive evil where it exists is,
in my opinion, a form of optimism.
- Roberto Rossellini

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

Emerson then incarnated the moral optimism,
the progress, and the energy of the American spirit.
- Howard Mumford Jones

Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful,
including what is ugly.
- Ambrose Bierce

Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant -
the digitalis of failure.
- Elbert Hubbard

The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic asylum.
- Havelock Ellis

There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may
now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
- Stephen Hawking

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

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is
a system of radical optimism.
- William Ralph Inge

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
- Paul Fussell

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push.
A smile.
A world of optimism and hope.
A "you can do it" when things are tough.
- Richard M. DeVos

My optimism for life carried through my work.
- John Dyer

Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.
- Antonio Gramsci

Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out.
- Robert Hewison

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity.
Is there any need to choose between them?
- Francis Parker Yockey

Optimism doesn't wait on facts.
It deals with prospects.
Pessimism is a waste of time.
- Norman Cousins

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more
and you have more imagination etc.
You have less bias.
- Abdul Kalam

There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism.
But I do not rule out optimism.
- Jim Leach

Optimism is the key.
- Will Champion

The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.
- Brian May

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism.
I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
- Patricia Ireland

Always the eternal optimist, President Reagan instilled
confidence and optimism at a time both were in short supply in our country.
- Jim Ramstad

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
- William James

Optimism is the opium of the people.
- Milan Kundera

Through my optimism I naturally prefer and capture the beauty in life.
- Leni Riefenstahl

What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.
- Raymond Aron

What we can borrow from Ronald Reagan...
is that great sense of optimism.
He led by building on the strengths of America,
not running America down.
- Rudy Giuliani

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
- Voltaire

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

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.
- Henry Rollins

The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
- George Santayana

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more
energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
- Twyla Tharp

I have a real sense of optimism that we are revolutionizing
the way we do politics in this country.
- Joan Blades

We must return optimism to our parenting.
To focus on the joys, not the hassles;
the love,
not the disappointments; the common sense,
not the complexities.
- Fred G. Gosman

So this is the space during tutoring hours.
It's very busy.
Same principles: one-on-one attention,
complete devotion to the students' work and a boundless
optimism and sort of a possibility of creativity and ideas.
- Dave Eggers

And for all my rampant technological optimism,
sometimes I think I'd be more comfortable if I were
regarding these transcendental events from one thousand years remove...
instead of twenty.
- Vernor Vinge

It is not possible, given any degree of optimism and
generosity in regard to people in general,
to set a time limit on creative reflection or a limitation
on the number of people involved in the creation.
- Earle Brown

I do believe that most men live lives of quiet desperation.
For despair, optimism is the only practical solution.
Hope is practical.
Because eliminate that and it's pretty scary.
Hope at least gives you the option of living.
- Harry Nilsson

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

The only time I would like to see was the 20s and 30s
in America because I love the music and the style and the optimism,
I wanted to see New York being built.
I wanted to see all that, you know.
- Billy Connolly

You would have to say his number one accomplishment
has been to inspire a sense of confidence in the country.
That confidence, that optimism, not only gives President
Obama a political cushion,
but it could have a real world economic impact.
- George Stephanopoulos

The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe,
often with the passion of youthful optimism,
that feminism is a battle already won.
I worry for them - and for my daughters,
too.
- Louise Brown

But before looking to the future, let's glance back
at the road we've traveled these past two years because
that is the source of much of the optimism we are all
feeling about the future.
- Linda Lingle

But Walt and him shared the same kind of optimism.
Walt believed in himself, and he was optimistic about what he wanted to do.
He just knew it will be okay, and Dali was the same way.
They had a great deal in common that way.
- John Hench

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.
It is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.
- Vaclav Havel

Optimism is not inherently a superior way of viewing the world.
Certainly doctors will say it might be better for one's
physical health to be an optimist.
But, morally speaking it may not be appropriate in certain circumstances.
- Todd Solondz

There is only one optimist.
He has been here since man has been on this earth,
and that is man himself.
If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry
us through all these things,
we wouldn't be here.
We have survived it on our optimism.
- Edward Steichen

My optimism is not based primarily on the successful
march of democracy in recent times but rather is based
on the experience of having lived in a fear society
and studied the mechanics of tyranny that sustain such a society.
- Natan Sharansky


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