These optimistic quotes are coming from experienced writers who have had first hand experience of the situations that inspired them to write. They believed that being optimistic helped them in times of challenges and gave them the courage to strive for happiness and success. Here are some optimistic quotes to keep you going.

Quotes About Being Optimistic

1. “Don’t let your failures define you—let them teach you.” – Barack Obama

2. “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. “Relax. They’re not going to kill us. They’re going to TRY and kill us. And that is a very different thing..” – Steve Voake

4. “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” – Winston Churchill

5. “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” – Cassandra Clare

6. “Beyond each impenetrable expanse of thundercloud obscurity reigns a boundless canopy of brilliant sapphire blue.” – Cara Fox

7. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

8. “Faithless “I 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

9. “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” – Unknown3

10. “In the hour of adversity, be not without hope; for crystal rain falls from black clouds.” – Nizami

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11. “Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ¬expect the worst.” – Joyce Carol Oates

12. “Pessimism never won any battle.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

13“Everything great was accomplished by fools who dreamed.” – Emily Dana

14. “Negativity is often looked upon [in the USA] as a kind of thought crime. Not since the advent of socialist realism has the world witnessed such pathological upbeatness.” – Terry Eagleton

15. “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress. – Jacob on Lost

16. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

17. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

18. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama XIV

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

20. “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

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21. “Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.” – Voltaire

22. “Those who wish to sing, always find a song.” – Swedish Proverb

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23. “I think I am going to have to supercharge my optimism to arm myself for the battle ahead. Trust me, it is going to be a battle.” – Rebecca Bloom

24. “Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.” – Zig Ziglar

25. “Always something new, always something I didn’t expect, and sometimes it isn’t horrible.” – Robert Jordan

26. “If I can’t joke about imminent death, then I might as well just resign.” – James A. Owen

27. “When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.” – Charles R. Swindoll

28. “To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.” – Albert Schweitzer

29. ”When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

30. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” – Richard Bach

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

32. “We’ll never survive!”

33. “Nonsense. You’re on1ly saying that because no one ever has.” – William Goldman

34. “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” – Oscar Wilde

35. “It isn’t all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.” – Gene Roddenberry

36. “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

37. “I am enjoying my life because things aren’t going the way I planned.”2 – Rohit Pandita

38. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller2

39. “I am so far from being a pessimist…on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life.” – Eugene O’Neill

40. “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” – Antonio Gramsci

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41. “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” – Lucy Larcom

42.“They can because they think they can.” – Virgil

43. “No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.” – David Hume

44. “I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself.” – Arthur C. Clarke

45. “If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?” – Voltaire

46. “Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.” – Rick Steves

47. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

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48. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

49. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” – J.R.R.Tolkien

50. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Optimistic Quotes About Life

51. 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

52. 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

53. 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

54. 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

55. “Building a practice of gratitude is the best way I know to create an optimistic approach to life. Start each day by lying in bed for five minutes and mentally acknowledging what you are grateful for.”  Silken Laumann

56. “When you’re focused on finding a positive angle to challenges or looking for the bright side to life, you find yourself being more optimistic.”  Alex Uwajeh, Taming the Tongue

57. “If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.”  Helen Keller

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

59. “To find optimism, look for the good things in life.”  Catherine Pulsifer

60. “An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.”  Sir Winston Churchill

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61. “Optimism can be more powerful than a battery of artillery or squadron of tanks. It can be contagious and it’s necessary to being a leader.”  General Rick Hillier

62. Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I’m a realist. Margaret Atwood

63. I’m not interested in blind optimism, but I’m very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, ‘This is not enough.’ Colum McCann

64. If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. Oscar Wilde

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65. There’s a lot of optimism in changing scenery, in seeing what’s down the road. Conor Oberst

66. 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

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

68. 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

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

70. I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism. Sylvester Stallone

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71. I don’t think in terms of optimism and pessimism when writing a story. I am telling a story. Doris Lessing

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

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

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

75. “It is necessary to completely retrain our thought processes to reject pessimistic or contrary thoughts.”
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76. “The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.”  Samuel Johnson

77. “Learning to think positively, to be an optimist, is like strengthening a muscle.”  Krista “KK” Weatherspoon, 50 Things To Know

78. “Be more optimistic. Pessimism is a kind of behavior that you learn . Hoping for the best and believing that everything is going to be fine in the end helps to reduce stress.”  David Brown, Habit Stacking

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

80. 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

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

82. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

83. 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 candour. Tom Hanks

84. 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

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

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86. The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it – Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) American nuclear physicist.

87. 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.

88. 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 novelist, essayist and dramatist.

89. These are not dark days: these are great days — the greatest days our country has ever lived – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

90. I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

91. Positive anything is better than negative nothing – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American editor, publisher, and author of the mora

92. Optimism: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly – Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

93. My sun sets to rise again. Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.

94. Success comes in cans, failure in can’ts – Unknown Source

95. Be an optimist — at least until they start moving animals in pairs to Cape Canaveral – Unknown Source

96. Optimism is the content of small men in high places – Unknown Source

97. 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) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

98. 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) Irish-born English satirist.

99. Optimism is the opium of the people – Milan Kundera (1929-?) Czech writer.

100. Oh yet we trust that somehow good will be the final goal of ill – Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) British poet.

101. Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery – Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist.

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102. I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail – William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

103. One could do worse than be a swinger of birches – Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

104. Don’t be too optimistic. The light at the end of the tunnel may be another train – Unknown Source

105. The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come – Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) British actor, writer and director.

106. When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety-three percent working.

107. There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist – Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.