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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Helen Keller
    Helen Keller
    American writer 1880-1968
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    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
  • Alan Cohen
    Alan Cohen
    American businessman 1954-
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    Optimism may sometimes be delusional, but pessimism is always delusional.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Optimism: The doctrine that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. ... It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    American elder statesman and four-star general 1937-
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    Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
  • William James
    William James
    American philosopher 1842-1910
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    Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
  • Robert Hewison
    Robert Hewison
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    Post-modernism is modernism with the optimism taken out.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
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