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James Branch Cabell Quotes and Sayings

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

Patriotism is the religion of hell.
- James Branch Cabell

People marry for a variety of reasons and with varying results.
But to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.
- James Branch Cabell

While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time,
it is even more important to make sure they point in a commendable direction.
- James Branch Cabell

 

Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.
- James Branch Cabell

Why is the King of Hearts the only one that hasn't a moustache?
- James Branch Cabell

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than
the memory of some temptation we resisted.
- James Branch Cabell

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No lady is ever a gentleman.
- James Branch Cabell

Yet creeds mean very little, Coth answered the dark god,
still speaking almost gently.
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds;
and the pessimist fears this is true.
- James Branch Cabell

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

An optimist is one who makes the best
of what he gets the worst of.
- Anonymous

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.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
- Rabindranath Tagore

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
- Irv Kupcinet

Perhaps believing in good design is like believing in God,
it makes you an optimist.
- Terence

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
- Don Marquis

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your
eyes when you awake in the morning.
- Carl Sandburg

Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.
- Robert G. Allen

An optimist is a fellow who believes what's going to be will be postponed.
- Kin Hubbard

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence,
but an optimist because of will.
- Antonio Gramsci

In choosing a partner, always pick the optimist.
- Tony Lema

A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad.
An optimist is one who hopes they are.
- Chauncey Depew

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.
- Will Rogers

An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is
looking for a way to get out.
- George Jean Nathan

I think I probably hoped for it a little bit,
but I'm not an optimist.
I'm a realist...
or maybe even a pessimist.
- Clay Aiken

I'm very much an optimist.
I don't think I could do my work if I didn't believe
there was some kind of hope for humanity.
- Sandra Bernhard

An extreme optimist is a man who believes that humanity
will probably survive even if it doesn't take his advice.
- John McCarthy

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

The point of living and of being an optimist is to
be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
- Peter Ustinov

I'm sort of a pessimist about tomorrow and an optimist
about the day after tomorrow.
- Eric Sevareid

In my last year of school, I was voted Class Optimist and Class Pessimist.
Looking back, I realize I was only half right.
- Jack Nicholson

Don't ever become a pessimist...
a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist,
but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.
- Robert A. Heinlein

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities
and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
- Harry S. Truman

A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately
acquainted with an optimist.
- Elbert Hubbard

I'm an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat.
- Harold Wilson

An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space
at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.
- Jules Renard

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds.
The pessimist fears it is true.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

I may be an optimist.
- Rebecca De Mornay

An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve.
- Ring Lardner

I became an optimist when I discovered that I wasn't
going to win any more games by being anything else.
- Earl Weaver

I think you have an obligation to be an optimist.
Because if you're not, nothing will change.
- Ron Silver

An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.
- Walter Winchell

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
- Bill Vaughan

Being an optimist after you've got everything you want doesn't count.
- Kin Hubbard

A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse;
so much the better.
- Jean de La Fontaine

I guess I'm a hopeful optimist, because to be a pessimist is to be suicidal.
- Peter Benchley

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

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

An optimist may see a light where there is none,
but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
- Rene Descartes

I have to be an optimist and say that it might get better.
- Roger Moore

I am an optimist because I want to change things for
the better and I know that blood has to be spilled
and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.
- Henry Rollins

I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant.
After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must
know how sad a place the world can be.
It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.
- Peter Ustinov

I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail.
I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you
wait to the end of the story,
you get to see the good people live happily ever after.
- Cat Stevens

You can do anything you think you can.
This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods,
for through it you can solve every human problem.
It should make of you an incurable optimist.
It is the open door.
- Robert Collier

With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things.
People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.'
I never said I was an optimist.
I have hope because what's the alternative to hope?
Despair? If you have despair,
you might as well put your head in the oven.
- Studs Terkel

I have had the good fortune to see how my articles
have directly benefited some farmers and helped build
markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development.
That makes me a hopeless optimist.
- Michael Pollan

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

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

He and Reagan were not at all alike,
because Reagan is an optimist and Dick Nixon wasn't.
Yet in some ways they were alike.
Neither really liked to talk on the telephone,
for instance.
And, in a lot of respects, both of them were very much loners.
- Lyn Nofziger

I am a cynical optimist.
Big opening weekends are like cotton candy.
The films you will remember over time are the films
that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way.
- Robert Redford

Which is, I'm an optimist that two people can be together
to work out their conflicts.
And that commitment, I think, might be what love is,
because they both grow from their relationship.
- Garry Shandling

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll


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