Optimism Quotes

We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

“He may have deserved it, but that is not the point. If I had calmly and deliberately decided to whip him because I thought it a just punishment for him I would not feel over it as I do. But the truth is, Mrs. Allan, that I just flew into a temper and whipped him because of…

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

Saturday, March 20th, 2010


The woman I love is not free, or thinks she isn’t. [Glances instinctively at LORD WINDERMERE while he speaks.]

A married woman, then! Well, there’s nothing in the world…

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Optimism that does not count the cost is like a house built on sand

Saturday, March 13th, 2010
house on sand

It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference. It is not enough to say that the twentieth…

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No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
peaceful field

Could we choose our environment, and were desire in human undertakings synonymous with endowment, all men would, I suppose, be optimists. Certainly most of us regard happiness as the proper end of all earthly enterprise. The will to…

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The desire and will to work is optimism itself

Sunday, December 13th, 2009
work hands

…my optimism is grounded in two worlds, myself and what is about me. I demand that the world be good, and lo, it obeys. I proclaim the world good, and facts range themselves to prove my proclamation overwhelmingly true. To what good I open the doors of my being, and jealously shut them against what is bad. Such is the force of this beautiful and willful conviction, it carries itself in the face of all opposition.

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