Optimism & Pessimism Archives

Have you noticed that everyone is an expert on the negative?
It's the positive that separates the knee jerks from true doers.
Bill Purdin

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad,
but chant the beauty of the good. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great trick in life is to always see the good. Can you see that? -- Bill Purdin

An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves. -- Bill Vaughan

Take away the miseries and you take away some folks' reason for living. -- Toni Cade Bambara

We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic. -- Susan Jeffers

Every time we say, "Let there be!" in any form, something happens.
-- Stella Terrill Mann

If it doesn't work out in the end, it's not the end. -- Bill Purdin
There are as many solutions as there are human beings. -- George Tooker

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. -- Dr. Seuss
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. -- Victor Hugo
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -- Anne Frank
There'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.
-- Nat Burton

An optimist is the human personification of spring. -- Susan J. Bissonette
I have always felt that the moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. -- Monica Baldwin
If you are not full of faithful optimism for the day to come, then you must have decided to ignor the most obvious evidence in all of history and science: things are getting better. -- Bill Purdin

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. -- Norman Vincent Peale
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. -- Ovid
Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love. -- Francois de Fen
People who make excuses cause all of the world's woes, or make them worse.
-- Bill Purdin

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it
-- Anonymous

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. -- Henry Ford

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
-- Helen Keller

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
-- Kahlil Gibran

Those who wish to sing always find a song. -- Swedish proverb

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. -- Henry Ward Beecher

Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
-- James Thurber

In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus

Draw in the breath of life, and as you breathe, smile. -- Anonymous

However long the night, the dawn will break. -- African Proverb

Worry gives a small thing a big shadow. -- Swedish Proverb

Worry is like a rocking chair, it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. -- Unknown

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