Optimism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old optimism quotes, optimism sayings, and optimism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.     

Helen Keller

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.     

Richard M. DeVos

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.     

Nicholas M. Butler

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


Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.     

Colin Powell

It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.     

Jacob On Lost

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.     

Dalai Lama XIV

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.     

Oscar Wilde

It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.     

Gene Roddenberry

There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.     


To find optimism, look for the good things in life.     

Catherine Pulsifer

Optimism can be more powerful than a battery of artillery or squadron of tanks. It can be contagious and it's necessary to being a leader.     

General Rick Hillier

The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.     

Samuel Johnson

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.     

Lucille Ball

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.     

Vince Lombardi

Optimism is joyful searching; pessimism is a prison of fear and a clutching at illusionary safety.     

Kathleen A. Brehony

Optimism refuses to believe that the road ends without options.     

Robert H. Schuller

It's not that optimism solves all of life's problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing.     

Lucy Macdonald

Optimism. It's not just a mind-set, it is behavior.     

Larry Elder

The predominant quality of successful people is optimism.... Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.     

Brian Tracy

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible     

Audrey Hepburn

The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.     

Hilary Mantel

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.     

CS Lewis

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.     

Victor Hugo

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.     

Jimmy Dean

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.     

Maria Robinson

Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done.     

Bo Bennett

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.     

Louisa May Alcott

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.     

Colleen Wilcox

It can be said of optimism that while sometimes mistaken, it is never sadly mistaken.     

Robert Brault