Optimism and Hope

"Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future."

Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel "Hope, Despair, and Memory"

Rating: 9.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Hope is a good thing — maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies."

Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You can either have an hour of hope or an hour of despair."

Rating: 7.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear."

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I base my calculations on the expectation that luck will be against me."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

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

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"An optimist is the human personification of spring."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If plan A fails, there are still 25 letters of the alphabet."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."

Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Some see the glass as half-empty, some see the glass as half-full. I see the glass as too big."

Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Sometimes it keeps us alive hope, sometimes habit, and sometimes fear. In the first case this is life, in the other vegetation, in the third hell."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Hope is our life anesthesia."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Clear sky is bigger than the largest rain clouds."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Despair is the shortest road to disaster."

Rating: 9.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desparate."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Optimist (n) - A person who spends the last dollar to buy a new wallet."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Pessimist: One who complains about the noise when opporuntiy knocks."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An optimist can always see the bright side of the other guy's problems."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Even optimists have a 100% mortality rate."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A laugh is a smile with a soundtrack."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

Vaclav Havel
Vaclav Havel "Disturbing the Peace"

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"An optimist invented an airplane, a pessimist invented a parachute."

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Optimism is the content of small men in high places."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous."

Elias Canetti
Elias Canetti "The Secret Heart Of The Clock"

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope."

Epictetus "Dissertations"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

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

Voltaire "Candide"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope."

Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright "The Living City"

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A desert is a place without expectation."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will."

Antonio Gramsci
Antonio Gramsci "Gramsci: Letters from Prison"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings."

James Baldwin
James Baldwin "A Dialogue"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Uncertainty is the refuge of hope."

Amiel-Henri-Frederic "Journal Intime"

Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey."

Ouida (Marie Louise De La Ramée)
Ouida (Marie Louise De La Ramée) "Wisdom, Wit and Pathos"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Do What You Will"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"It's such an act of optimism to get through a day and enjoy it and laugh and do all that without thinking about death. What spirit human beings have!"

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)