Quotations on Optimism

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World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: War, Optimism, Americans, World, World war)

Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Belief, Optimism, Doctrine, Ugly)

I have a real sense of optimism that we are revolutionizing the way we do politics in this country.
- Joan Blades
(Keywords: Politics, Optimism, Country, Sense)

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
(Keywords: Inspiration, Hope, Optimism, Enemy, Future, Man, Present, Vitality)

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
(Keywords: Time, People, Optimism, Creation, Generosity, Reflection)

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
(Keywords: Women, Optimism, Battle, Daughters, Feminism, Passion, Worry)

There was just this amazing individuality. It's just a whole different world of optimism and fearlessness, women taking off their bras and dancing around naked, and a political hopefulness and involvement.
- Jill Clayburgh
(Keywords: Women, Optimism, Dancing, Individuality, World)

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
(Keywords: Love, Music, Time, Optimism, America, Being, Style)

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
- Norman Cousins
(Keywords: Time, Optimism, Pessimism, Deals, Facts, Waste)

The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.
- Mitch Daniels
(Keywords: Policy, Failure, Optimism, Ambition, American, Future, Jobs, Now, Prosperity, Risk, Risk-taking, Spirit)

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
(Keywords: Hope, Optimism, Positive, Smile, World)

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
(Keywords: Work, Ideas, Creativity, Optimism, Possibility, Attention, Devotion, Space, Students)

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
(Keywords: Love, Parenting, Optimism, Common sense, Disappointments, Focus)

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
(Keywords: Hope, Optimism, Certainty, Conviction, Sense, Will)

There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
- Stephen Hawking
(Keywords: Nature, Optimism, End, Laws, May, Now)

I always admired Walt's optimism. He seemed to know the direction he was going to. When I was at the studio, I remember he kept driving all of us back down to a more fundamental level all the time.
- John Hench
(Keywords: Time, Optimism, Direction, Driving)

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
- Patricia Ireland
(Keywords: Enthusiasm, Optimism, Pessimism, Cynicism, Energy)

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
- William James
(Keywords: Power, Optimism, Pessimism, Weakness)

Emerson then incarnated the moral optimism, the progress, and the energy of the American spirit.
- Howard Mumford Jones
(Keywords: Progress, Optimism, American, Energy, Spirit)

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller
(Keywords: Faith, Achievement, Hope, Optimism, Confidence, Nothing)

Optimism is the opium of the people.
- Milan Kundera
(Keywords: People, Optimism, Opium)

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
(Keywords: Men, Hope, Optimism, Despair, Desperation, Living, Pretty, Quiet, Solution)

Always the eternal optimist, President Reagan instilled confidence and optimism at a time both were in short supply in our country.
- Jim Ramstad
(Keywords: Time, Optimism, Confidence, Country, President)

The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
- George Santayana
(Keywords: Time, Optimism, Evil, Existence)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Society, Fear, Successful, Optimism, Democracy, March, Tyranny)

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
(Keywords: Health, Optimism, Circumstances, Doctors, May, Will, World)

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
(Keywords: People, Hope, Optimism, Despair)

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
- Twyla Tharp
(Keywords: Experience, Optimism, Cynicism, Old)

That is why, with optimism instead of fear, all those who want to see Puerto Rico's status resolved should seek the truth about each option, including the upside and the downside of each.
- Dick Thornburgh
(Keywords: Truth, Fear, Optimism, Want)

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
(Keywords: Soul, Optimism, Ageing, Sun)

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