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.


The basis of optimism is sheer terror.     

Oscar Wilde

Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant ? the digitalis of failure.     

Elbert Hubbard

Optimism is the foundation of courage.     

Nicholas Murray Butler

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.     

Elbert Hubbard

Optimism: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.     

Ambrose Bierce

My sun sets to rise again.     

Robert Browning

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.     

William Faulkner

Optimism is the content of small men in high places.     

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Miracles happen to those who believe in them.     

Bernhard Berenson

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.     

Mary Lou Retton

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.     

Mahatma Gandhi

If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.     

William Arthur Ward

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.     

Twyla Tharp

Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.     

Alan Cohen

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Optimism helps us persevere. Life isn't easy. But life is always good.     

John Jacobs

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change by merely changing his attitude.     

Oprah Winfrey

Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.     

Norman Vincent Peale

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.     

Benjamin Franklin