71 Optimism Quotes (Life Changing)

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Our Top Optimism Quotes

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power Optimism Quotes
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. William James
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough Optimism Quotes
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough. Richard M. DeVos
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. Optimism Quotes
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. Winston Churchill Optimism Quotes
 If I advocate cautious optimism it is not because I do not have faith in the future but because I do not want to encourage blind faith. Optimism Quotes
If I advocate cautious optimism it is not because I do not have faith in the future but because I do not want to encourage blind faith. Aung San Suu Kyi
I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy. Optimism Quotes
I don’t think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy. Patricia Ireland
What I've really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership.
What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership. Bob Iger
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. Peace Pilgrim 
Write it in your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
Write it in your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life Changing Optimism Quotes

Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.
Choose to be optimistic. It feels better. Dalai Lama
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.
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
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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
I think in life, you have a choice. You can either be optimistic or pessimistic, and I go for the optimism.
I think in life, you have a choice. You can either be optimistic or pessimistic, and I go for the optimism. Jon Anderson
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.Nicholas M. Butler 
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Maria Robinson
We can choose to wake up and grumble all day and be bitter and angry and judge others and find satisfaction in others doing bad instead of good. Or we can we wake up with optimism and love and say, ‘Just what is this beautiful day going to bring me?
We can choose to wake up and grumble all day and be bitter and angry and judge others and find satisfaction in others doing bad instead of good. Or we can we wake up with optimism and love and say, ‘Just what is this beautiful day going to bring me? Margaret Trudeau
Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done.
Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done. Bo Bennett
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
May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.
May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Unknown 
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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.
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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 Optimism Quotes
An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again.
An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again. Harvey Mackay  
Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses... on your powers, instead of your problems.
Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems. Paul J. Meyer
Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.
Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.
Rodolfo Costa
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.
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. Bernard Beckett
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.
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.
Bernard Beckett
My optimism has helped me through some hard times. If you try to send out good things, good things come back to you.
My optimism has helped me through some hard times. If you try to send out good things, good things come back to you. Jan Brett

What is Optimism?

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer  
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. Nelson Mandela Optimism Quotes
Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time. Norman Cousins
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. Mary Lou Retton
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. Nicholas M. Butler
I am an optimist… I choose to be. There is a lot of darkness in our world, there is a lot of pain and you can choose to see that or you can choose to see the joy. If you try to respond positively to the world, you will spend your time better.
I am an optimist… I choose to be. There is a lot of darkness in our world, there is a lot of pain and you can choose to see that or you can choose to see the joy. If you try to respond positively to the world, you will spend your time better. Tom Hiddleston
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill
It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.
It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. Orison Swett Marden
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. Noam Chomsky
What is hope but a feeling of optimism, a thought that says things will improve, it won’t always be bleak, there’s a way to rise above the present circumstances. Hope is an internal awareness that you do not have to suffer forever and that somehow, somewhere there is a remedy for despair that you will come upon if you can only maintain this expectancy in your heart.
What is hope but a feeling of optimism, a thought that says things will improve, it won’t always be bleak, there’s a way to rise above the present circumstances. Hope is an internal awareness that you do not have to suffer forever and that somehow, somewhere there is a remedy for despair that you will come upon if you can only maintain this expectancy in your heart. Wayne Dyer

Summary: How to be More Optimistic

Do you have a tendency to look on the bright side, even when times are tough? Do you think the worst and dwell on the negative, or do you give a situation a chance to prove you wrong?

Most of us are either optimists or pessimists when it comes to our outlook on life. And specialists say that your upbringing greatly determines which group you belong in.

Pessimism is one of the personality traits that’s highly heritable, but also modifiable by specific exercises,” said Martin Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Hope Circuit.”

Positivity has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including reduced stress and increased resilience in the face of adversity. Those who are anxious or depressed can benefit from adopting an optimistic mindset.

Here are some techniques for boosting your optimism.

Think about your best self: If you could see your ideal future self’s life 10 years from now, what would it be like? Can you imagine how it would make you feel? Now take six to eight minutes out of your week, over the next month or two, and write about it. Each session should be dedicated to being your “best possible self” in a certain area of your life, such as your family, profession, relationships, or health.

While it may seem unrealistic to imagine a future where everything goes perfectly, dozens of studies have shown that doing so might increase optimism.

Accept that disappointment is inevitable: Do you constantly expect the worst? It could be because you want to protect yourself from disappointment. But by attempting to shield yourself from life’s ups and downs, you’re also missing out on something else: positive anticipation of events.

It takes some practice to make this kind of self-argument a habit. It doesn’t happen right away, but it’s not hard or time-consuming either. Most people can learn how to do it in a few days.

Argue with yourself: So your coworker received the promotion you wanted. And you keep having thoughts like, “I’m not good at my job.” I’ll never climb the corporate ladder. I might as well give up now.

When you get into a negative loop, the trick is to first notice the negative voice and then argue with it as if it were an outside person whose job it is to make you unhappy.

How would you talk to your worst enemy? You may say something like, “I’m not bad at my job and my coworker has been here for three years longer than I have,” to show them they’re wrong. or There will be a promotion for me in the future.

Look at the big picture: If you want to increase your optimism based on information, you can try intentionally balance out your gloomy forecast with hopeful ones.

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