An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





An optimist is a proponent of the doctrine that black is white.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


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 (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


I was born to be a remarkable woman; it matters little in what way or how.... I shall be famous or I will die.


Marie Bashkirtseff


There is no justification for present existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


Optimism. The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.


Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924, British philosopher)


To be one woman, truly, wholly, is to be all women. Tend one garden and you will birth worlds.


Kate Braverman


My sun sets to rise again.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.


Frances Hodgson Burnett


Optimism is essential to achievement and is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.


Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947, American educationist)


These are not dark days: these are great days -- the greatest days our country has ever lived.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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


Changing Times (American business magazine)


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


Changing Times (American business magazine)


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


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand.... Adventure is a state of mind and spirit. It comes with faith, for with complete faith there is no fear of what faces you in life or death.


Jacqueline Cochran


There never was night that had no morn.


Dinah Mulock Craik


A man who calls bullshit fertilizer.


Frank Dane


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 (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)


Grass grows at last above all graves.


Julia C. R. Dorr (1825-1913, American poet, novelist)


Stars will blossom in the darkness, Violets bloom beneath the snow.


Julia C. R. Dorr (1825-1913, American poet, novelist)


Am I like the optimist who, while falling ten stories from a building, says at each story, "I'm all right so far"?


Gretel Ehrlich


The place where optimism flourishes most is in the lunatic asylum.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


Optimism is the content of small men in high places.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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We couldn't possibly know where it would lead, but we knew it had to be done.


Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)


One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


Except and expect positive things, and that is what you will receive.


Lori Hard


The sun is always shinning. Even though clouds may come along and obscure the sun for a while, the sun is always shining. The sun never stops shining. And even though the earth turns, and the sun appears to go down, it really never stops shining.


Louise L. Hay (American metaphysical teacher, lecturer, author)

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Someday the sun is going to shine down on me in some faraway place.


Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972, American gospel singer)


Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass.


Ron Jaworski (1951-, American football player)


I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.


Barbara Jordon


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


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Optimism is the opium of the people.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.


Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.


Christian D. Larsen


There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best.


Doris Lessing (1919-, British novelist)


I hope I shall have ambition until the day I die.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say  We are going to have a summer shower.


Sir John A. MacDonald (1815-1891, Canadian first Prime Minister)


I have the same goal I've had ever since I was a little girl. I want to rule the world.


Madonna (1958-, American musician, singer, actress,)


A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.


Reginald B. Mansell


An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


The happy ending is our national belief.


Mary McCarthy (1912-1989, American author, critic)


An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.


George Jean Nathan (1882-1958, American critic)


All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.


Julian Of Norwich


The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it.


Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967, American nuclear physicist)


Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than gloomy gray when viewing the world.


Grace Paley (1922-, American short story writer)


I don't know much about being a millionaire, but I'll bet I'd be darling at it.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


To be great one must be positive and gain strength from your opponents.


Don Piatt


I am optimistic and confident in all that I do. I affirm only the best for myself and others. I am the creator of my life and my world. I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence. I fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.


Alice Potter


Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


Colin Powell (1937-, American Secretary of State)


A clever person turns great troubles into little ones, and little ones into none at all.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Every season brings its joy.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


I believe that if you think about disaster you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.


Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973, American aviator, World War I ace)


The one who cares the most wins.... That's how I knew I'd end up with everyone else waving the white flags and not me. That's how I knew I'd be the last person standing when it was all over.... I cared the most.




Nothing's far when one wants to get there.


Queen Marie of Rumania


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


Michel De Saint-Pierre


In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967, American poet)


Optimism is an intellectual choice.


Diana Schneider


Gardening is an exercise in optimism.


Maria Schinz


Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because, whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Oh yet we trust that somehow good will be the final goal of ill!


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


Look to the East, where up the lucid sky; The morning climbs! The day shall yet be fair.


Celia Thaxter


A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 18:19


The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Be an optimist -- at least until they start moving animals in pairs to Cape Canaveral.


Author Unknown


Don't be too optimistic. The light at the end of the tunnel may be another train.


Author Unknown


Success comes in cans, failure in can'ts.


Author Unknown


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


Peter Ustinov (1921-, British actor, writer, director)


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


Earl Weaver


All my life I've been competing and competing to win. I came to realize that in this way, this cancer was the toughest competition I had faced yet. I made up my mind that I was going to lick it all the way. I not only wasn't going to let it kill me, I wasn't even going to let it put me on the shelf.


Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1924-1956, American athlete)


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


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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