Optimism and Hope

"I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love."

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other."

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Hope is patience with the lamp lit."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A pessimist is someone who looks at the land of milk and honey and sees only calories and cholesterol."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The best bridge between hope and despair is often a good night's sleep."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death."

Pearl Buck
Pearl Buck "To My Daughters, With Love"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Optimism is the opium of the people."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier."

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Pessimism: A valuable protection against quackery."

John Ralston Saul
John Ralston Saul "The Doubter's Companion"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Hope is generally a wrong guide, though it is good company along the way."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Optimist is the one who looks at bullshit and sees fertilizer."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The glass is not half-empty, it's just twice as big as it needs to be."

Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The pessimist complains about the direction of the wind, the optimist expects the direction to change, but the leader simply adjusts the sails!"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A pessimist is one who burns bridges before the enemy gets to them."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The meaning of life is to go back to sleep and hope that tomorrow will be a better day."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."

James Branch Cabell
James Branch Cabell "Silver Stallion"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "An Unsocial Socialist"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"While there is life, there is hope."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Great hopes make great man."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are."

Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 9)

"We promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

Jesus Christ Matthew 7:7
Jesus Christ Matthew 7:7

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Optimists are badly informed pessimists."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I am prepared for the worst, but hope the best."

Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli "The Wondrous Tale of Alroy"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Pessimist's definition of an Optimist: Someone who knows today is so bad, tomorrow has just got to be better."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope."

George Eliot
George Eliot "Middlemarch"

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"To know the history of philosophy is to know that the highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Optimist, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white."

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Borrow money from pessimists - they won't expect it back."

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist invents the parachute."

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"He who has never hoped can never despair."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Caesar and Cleopatra"

Rating: 8.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"For myself, I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life. If it be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)