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72 Best Optimism Quotes for Hard Times (HOPE)

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Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candor.”

Tom Hanks
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
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
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. - Helen Keller
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. - Colin Powell
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. – Colin Powell
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
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

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. - Voltaire
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. – Voltaire
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 is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry S. Truman
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. - Peace Pilgrim
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. – Peace Pilgrim
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. - Mary Lou Retton
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. – Mary Lou Retton

17 Optimism Quotes About Life that Inspire Success

“Optimism is normal, but some fortunate people are more optimistic than the rest of us. If you are genetically endowed with an optimistic bias, you hardly need to be told that you are a lucky person – you already feel fortunate.”

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

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

Nelson Mandela
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. - Nicholas M. Butler
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. – Nicholas M. Butler
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. - William James
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. – William James

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

Laozi
I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism. - Sylvester Stallone
I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism. – Sylvester Stallone
The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism. - Brian May
The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism. – Brian May

“An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again.”

Harvey Mackay
It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. - Orison Swett Marden
It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. – Orison Swett Marden
The most fearless hearts, the audacious dreamers, have always maintained a sense of optimism that often flies in the face of the available evidence. - Martin O'Malley
The most fearless hearts, the audacious dreamers, have always maintained a sense of optimism that often flies in the face of the available evidence. – Martin O’Malley
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure. - Elbert Hubbard
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant – the digitalis of failure. – Elbert Hubbard
Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done. - Robert Foster Bennett
Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done. – Robert Foster Bennett
Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. - Robert H. Schuller
Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. – Robert H. Schuller
Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. - Brian Tracy
Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. – Brian Tracy
Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you're positive, good things happen. - Deep Roy
Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen. – Deep Roy

16 Enlightening Optimism Quotes That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

“We can choose to wake up and grumble all day and be bitter and angry and judge others and find satisfaction in others doing bad instead of good. Or we can we wake up with optimism and love and say, ‘Just what is this beautiful day going to bring me?'”

Margaret Trudeau
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. – Jack Layton
My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud. - Henry Rollins
My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud. – Henry Rollins

“So many people grew up with challenges, as I did. There weren’t always happy things happening to me or around me. But when you look at the core of goodness within yourself – at the optimism and hope – you realize it comes from the environment you grew up in.”

Sonia Sotomayor
I hope the millions of people I've touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude. - Michael Jordan
I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude. – Michael Jordan

“A good attitude is really important. And a sense of optimism, someone who has ideas and isn’t afraid to pitch them no matter what level she is. Someone who is proactive. Someone with efficiency and common sense. They don’t always go hand-in-hand, common sense and, well, everything else.”

Eva Chen
Movement has been one of the few constants in my life, and I always feel a great sense of optimism when I set off to a new place. - Conor Oberst
Movement has been one of the few constants in my life, and I always feel a great sense of optimism when I set off to a new place. – Conor Oberst
I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with. - Sonia Sotomayor
I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with. – Sonia Sotomayor

“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
Choose to be optimistic. It feels better. - Dalai Lama
Choose to be optimistic. It feels better. – Dalai Lama
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
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
Positive thinking is the notion that if you think good thoughts, things will work out well. Optimism is the feeling of thinking things will be well and be hopeful. - Martin Seligman
Positive thinking is the notion that if you think good thoughts, things will work out well. Optimism is the feeling of thinking things will be well and be hopeful. – Martin Seligman
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
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
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. - Dalai Lama
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. – Dalai Lama
There is abundant reason to believe that optimism - big, little, and in between - is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling. - Christopher Peterson
There is abundant reason to believe that optimism – big, little, and in between – is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling. – Christopher Peterson
Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. - Roy T. Bennett
Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. – Roy T. Bennett

5 Optimism Quotes On The Future

“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 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.”

Norman Vincent Peale
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 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

“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

“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.”

Bernard Beckett

“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

6 Optimism Quotes on Leadership and Governance

“Half a century ago, Ronald Reagan, the man whose relentless optimism inspired me to enter politics, famously said that he didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the party left him. I can certainly relate. I didn’t leave the Republican Party; it left me.”

Charlie Crist
Optimism comes less easily today, not because democracy is less vigorous, but because democracy's enemies have refined their instruments of repression. - Ronald Reagan
Optimism comes less easily today, not because democracy is less vigorous, but because democracy’s enemies have refined their instruments of repression. – Ronald Reagan
Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches. - Gary Johnson
Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches. – Gary Johnson

“I felt from the start that America was not likely to relinquish lightly positions established at the cost of such sacrifices, and I pressed the view that a high degree of preparation and willingness to make sacrifices would be necessary on our side, but everybody here always persists in facile optimism until the very worst actually happens.”

Isoroku Yamamoto
What I've really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership. - Bob Iger
What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership. – Bob Iger
Optimism can be more powerful than a battery of artillery or squadron of tanks. It can be contagious and it’s necessary to be a leader. – Gen. Rick Hillier
Optimism can be more powerful than a battery of artillery or squadron of tanks. It can be contagious and it’s necessary to be a leader. – Gen. Rick Hillier

2 Optimism Quotes About Dogs

“When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.”

W. Bruce Cameron
Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs - loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love - can be elusive to humans. - John Grogan
Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love – can be elusive to humans. – John Grogan

2 Optimism Quotes on History

“There are two things in Indian history – one is the incredible optimism and potential of the place, and the other is the betrayal of that potential – for example, corruption. Those two strands intertwine through the whole of Indian history, and maybe not just Indian history.”

Salman Rushdie
History can bring luck this is what we can call optimism. - Stephane Hessel
History can bring luck: this is what we can call optimism. – Stephane Hessel

14 Wise Optimism Quotes To Think About

“Qualities you need to get through medical school and residency: Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. A willingness to forgo sleep. A penchant for sadomasochism. Ability to weather crises of faith and self-confidence. Accept exhaustion as fact of life. Addiction to caffeine a definite plus. Unfailing optimism that the end is in sight.”

Khaled Hosseini
My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Optimism is the opium of the people. - Milan Kundera
Optimism is the opium of the people. – Milan Kundera

Good things are associated with blue, like clear days, more than singing the blues. Just the word ‘blue’ in the singular is full of optimism and positive connotation to most people.

David Carson
The basis of optimism is sheer terror. - Oscar Wilde
The basis of optimism is sheer terror. – Oscar Wilde

“I’m continually inspired by nature, and the rainbow is one of nature’s greatest optical phenomenon. The sighting of a rainbow never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces. They signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain.”

Matthew Williamson
For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you. - Krzysztof Kieslowski
For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise – whatever appeals to you. – Krzysztof Kieslowski
Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly. - Ambrose Bierce
Optimism – the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly. – Ambrose Bierce
The realist sees reality as concrete. The optimist sees reality as clay. - Robert Breault
The realist sees reality as concrete. The optimist sees reality as clay. – Robert Breault
There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature. - Stephen Hawking
There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature. – Stephen Hawking
Comedy is acting out optimism. - Robin Williams
Comedy is acting out optimism. – Robin Williams
If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them - Francis Parker Yockey
If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them? – Francis Parker Yockey
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum. - Havelock Ellis
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum. – Havelock Ellis
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

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