Quotes: optimism

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  • Richard M. DeVos
    Richard M. DeVos
    American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp. 1926-
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    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.
  • Milan Kundera
    Milan Kundera
    Tsjech writer and criticus 1929-
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    Optimism is the opium of the people.
  • Paula Nelson
    Paula Nelson
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    Americans want action for their money. They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work. Gold-hoarding goes against the American grain; it fits in better with European pessimism than with America's traditional optimism.
  • Stephen Vizinczey
    Stephen Vizinczey
    Hongarian writer and criticus 1933-
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    As both capitalist and communist states - not to mention the technological world - have evolved under the illusion that men purposefully built them, ideological optimism seeps into every niche of our lives. It is made worse by mass culture which feeds our
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    But supposing one tries to live by Pantheistic philosophy? Does it lead to a complacent Hegelian optimism?
    Source: The Pilgrims Regress (1933) Pilgrims Regress 132-133
  • Vaclav Havel
    Vaclav Havel
    Czech statesman, writer and former dissident 1936-2011
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    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.
  • Bernard Beckett
    Bernard Beckett
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    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.
  • Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks
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    I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    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.
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    American theatre critic 1894-1984
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    In the 1920s dramatists attacked their subjects as if the inequities could be resolved. Some of the traditional optimism of America lurked behind most of the early plays. But not now. There is no conviction now that the problem will be solved.
  • B. C. Forbes
    B. C. Forbes
    American Publisher 1880-1954
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    Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed dignity to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulnesss of spirit is the twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up!
  • Abdul Kalam
    Abdul Kalam
    Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam better known as A 1931-2015
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    My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
  • Albert Meltzer
    Albert Meltzer
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    Optimism is inevitably the last hope of the defeated.
  • Alan Cohen
    Alan Cohen
    American businessman 1954-
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    Optimism may sometimes be delusional, but pessimism is always delusional.
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    American elder statesman and four-star general 1937-
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    Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
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