Optimism—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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This 55 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Optimism. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Optimism, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Early in life I decided that I would not be overcome by events. My philosophy has been that regardless of the circumstances, I shall not be vanquished, but will try to be happy. Life is not easy for any of us. But it is a continual challenge and it is up to us to be cheerful—and to be strong, so that those who depend on us may draw strength from our example.
If you can’t be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.
Two men looked through prison bars—
One saw mud; the other, stars.
Many years ago, a large American shoe manufacturer sent two sales reps out to different parts of the Australian outback to see if they could drum up some business among the aborigines. Some time later, the company received telegrams from both agents. The first one said, ‘No business here...natives don’t wear shoes.’ The second one said, ‘Great opportunity here...natives don’t wear shoes!’
--John M. Capozzi
If you focus on all that is awful, you will miss all that is wonderful.
Far away, there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they may lead.
—Louisa May Alcott
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.
On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%…and that’s pretty good.
It might interest you to know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist. The word ‘pessimist’ was not in our vocabulary at that time. It’s a modern ‘invention’ which I believe we should ‘dis-invent.’
Breathe. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.
There is very little difference in people. But that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
--W. Clement Stone
An optimist is the human personification of Spring.
I’m an optimist, but I’m an optimist who takes his raincoat.
We can cry because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
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