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The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Tags: Basis, Terror  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

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

Tags: Beautiful, Ugly  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

Having a child at 55... that's optimism.

Tags: Child  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

Tags: Lunatic, Place  ✍ Author: Havelock Ellis

Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.

Tags: Failure, Heart  ✍ Author: Elbert Hubbard

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.

Tags: Christian, System  ✍ Author: William Ralph Inge

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.

Tags: Energy, Lead  ✍ Author: Patricia Ireland

The dreams of the 1960s began to disappear in the 1970s. The economy collapsed, and so did the optimism of the Metabolists.

Tags: Dreams, Economy  ✍ Author: Toyo Ito

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

Tags: Power, Weakness  ✍ Author: William James

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

Tags: Age, Less  ✍ Author: Abdul Kalam

Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.

Tags: Children, Wish  ✍ Author: Meshell Ndegeocello

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Tags: Business, Force  ✍ Author: Colin Powell

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

Tags: Heavy, Loud  ✍ Author: Henry Rollins

The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.

Tags: Evil, Time  ✍ Author: George Santayana

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.

Tags: Experience, Old  ✍ Author: Twyla Tharp

And for all my rampant technological optimism, sometimes I think I'd be more comfortable if I were regarding these transcendental events from one thousand years remove... instead of twenty.

Tags: Events, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Vernor Vinge

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

Tags: Madness, Miserable  ✍ Author: Voltaire

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.

Tags: Soul, Sun  ✍ Author: Virginia Woolf

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them?

Tags: Between, Stupidity  ✍ Author: Francis Parker Yockey

The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.

Tags: Healthy, Mind  ✍ Author: Margery Allingham

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.

Tags: Hard, War  ✍ Author: Stephen Ambrose

What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.

Tags: Effect, Often  ✍ Author: Raymond Aron

Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.

Tags: Pessimism, Used  ✍ Author: Arnold Bennett

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.

Tags: Dead, Thought  ✍ Author: Andre Braugher

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.

Tags: Creative, Time  ✍ Author: Earle Brown
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Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

Tags: Courage, True  ✍ Author: Nicholas M. Butler

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

Tags: Courage, Foundation  ✍ Author: Nicholas M. Butler

Optimism is the key.

Tags: Key  ✍ Author: Will Champion

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

Tags: Time, Wait  ✍ Author: Norman Cousins

I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism.

Tags: Sense, Word  ✍ Author: Herbert Croly

I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back. But I wouldn't trade that optimism for anything, because the other option is no fun.

Tags: Fun, Last  ✍ Author: Michael Diamond

My optimism for life carried through my work.

Tags: Life, Work  ✍ Author: Andrea Dworkin

Blending hard-bitten realism with long-view optimism, Obama said that every 20 or 30 years brings a new cycle of pessimism in America.

Tags: America, Said  ✍ Author: Alain-Fournier

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.

Tags: Depressing  ✍ Author: Paul Fussell

Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.

Tags: Pessimism, Spirit  ✍ Author: Antonio Gramsci

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

Tags: Love, Loyalty  ✍ Author: John Grogan

I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.

Tags: Lack, Understand  ✍ Author: Tom Hanks

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.

Tags: Remember, Time  ✍ Author: John Hench

History can bring luck: this is what we can call optimism.

Tags: History, Luck  ✍ Author: Stephane Hessel

Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out.

Tags: Modernism, Taken  ✍ Author: Robert Hewison

Regardless of who wins, an election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches.

Tags: Election, Time  ✍ Author: Gary Johnson

I'm cheerfully optimistic about life. Optimism is very important!

Tags: Life, Optimistic  ✍ Author: Terry Jones

What I am against is false optimism: the notion either that things have to go well, or else that they tend to, or else that the default condition of historical trajectories is characteristically beneficial in the long-run.

Tags: Against, Else  ✍ Author: Tony Judt

Optimism can be relearnt.

 ✍ Author: Marian Keyes

For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you.

Tags: Sunrise, Whatever  ✍ Author: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Optimism is the opium of the people.

Tags: Opium  ✍ Author: Milan Kundera

If I advocate cautious optimism it is not because I do not have faith in the future but because I do not want to encourage blind faith.

Tags: Faith, Future  ✍ Author: Thomas Kyd

There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism. But I do not rule out optimism.

Tags: Greater, Rule  ✍ Author: Jim Leach

I don't think in terms of optimism and pessimism when writing a story. I am telling a story.

Tags: Story, Writing  ✍ Author: Doris Lessing

The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.

Tags: Creation, Emotion  ✍ Author: Brian May

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.'

Tags: Darkness, Enough  ✍ Author: Colum McCann

Optimism is inevitably the last hope of the defeated.

Tags: Hope, Last  ✍ Author: Albert Meltzer

A lot of people over time have had this kind of pattern in their relationship with Bill Clinton. You first meet him and you're overwhelmed by his talent. He's so energetic and articulate and full of ideas and he calls himself a congenital optimist and that optimism is contagious.

Tags: Him, Time  ✍ Author: Dee Dee Myers

For sure, the 'Obamania' that's fast taking hold reflects an incredible thirst for change in global politics and, dare I say, a wave of optimism that things can be different.

Tags: Change, Politics  ✍ Author: Lucy Powell

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

Tags: Beauty, Life  ✍ Author: Leni Riefenstahl

I am not a pessimist; to perceive evil where it exists is, in my opinion, a form of optimism.

Tags: Evil, Opinion  ✍ Author: Roberto Rossellini

On Australia Day 2010, as we enter this second decade of the 21st century, Australians can be optimistic about our future, but we cannot afford to mistake optimism for complacency.

Tags: Cannot, Future  ✍ Author: Kevin Rudd

Germany has always stood for an E.U. of the 27 countries. But in light of Britain's continued resistance to further integration steps, as we saw with the fiscal pact, there are limits to my optimism in this regard. It's quite possible that we will have to create the new institutions for the euro zone first.

Tags: Light, Possible  ✍ Author: Wolfgang Schauble

As long as I'm needed. I'll be ready to serve. I look forward with optimism. We need the Jews here. Move to Israel! Move to Israel!

Tags: Forward, Here  ✍ Author: Ariel Sharon

I would hope more people would have optimism about where the Latino has come. How we have emerged, and that there will be more women, women of color especially Latinas who will get involved.

Tags: Hope, Women  ✍ Author: Hilda Solis

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.

Tags: Health, May  ✍ Author: Todd Solondz

I ceased using words like optimism and pessimism a long time ago.

Tags: Time, Words  ✍ Author: Wole Soyinka

There is only one optimist. He has been here since man has been on this earth, and that is man himself. If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry us through all these things, we wouldn't be here. We have survived it on our optimism.

Tags: Earth, Here  ✍ Author: Edward Steichen

There is no fun in psychiatry. If you try to get fun out of it, you pay a considerable price for your unjustifiable optimism.

Tags: Fun, Try  ✍ Author: Harry Stack Sullivan

Only the really young are fearless, have the optimism, the romanticism to take unimaginable risks.

Tags: Fearless, Young  ✍ Author: Olivia Wilde

Comedy is acting out optimism.

Tags: Acting, Comedy  ✍ Author: Robin Williams

I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread.

Tags: Dread, Forward  ✍ Author: Robert Anton Wilson
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