Here are 79 of the best optimism quotes I could find. What’s the goal? To remind you that the world is created by optimists, not pessimists. I hope you’re one of them too. You’ll discover quotes by Elon Musk, Mark Twain, Einstein, and more. Enjoy!
The world belongs to optimists. Pessimists are only spectators. Francois Guizot
Better health follows movement. Better life follows optimism. Maxime Lagacé
Optimism is courage, if it’s not naive. Jordan Peterson
Choose optimism. It feels better. Rhonda Byrne
Optimists are wealthier, healthier, and happier. Sahil Lavingia
When pessimistic, things rarely go as bad as you think. But when optimistic, things rarely go as well as you think too. Mark Manson
I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right. Albert Einstein
Optimism isn’t believing nothing bad will happen. It’s about believing in your ability to handle it when it does. Mel Robbins
Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. Kevin Kelly
Civilization isn’t built by pessimists. Naval Ravikant
Optimists achieve things. Paul Graham
Pessimists sound smart. Optimists make money. Nat Friedman
The realist sees reality as concrete. The optimist sees reality as clay. Robert Brault
Optimism is a bet on humanity. Pessimism is a bet against. Jack Butcher
Cynicism sounds smart short term, but optimism ultimately wins. Chris Dixon (Source)
Optimism wins. Anthony Pompliano (Source)
Optimism and persistence can outlast your most enthusiastic haters. Anthony Pompliano
Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems. Kevin Kelly
I’m optimistic because I only worry about what I can control. You’re pessimistic because you’re worried about everything you can’t. Ed Latimore
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. You don’t have to do it all today. Just lay a brick. That’s how you build an empire. James Clear (Source)
As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. E.B. White
Optimism and pessimism do not exist in the world — they exist only in your interpretations. James Pierce
Part 1. Optimism is not only a false but also a pernicious doctrine, for it presents life as a desirable state and man’s happiness as its aim and object. Arthur Schopenhauer
Part 2. Starting from this, everyone then believes he has the most legitimate claim to happiness and enjoyment. If, as usually happens, these do not fall to his lot, he believes that he suffers an injustice, in fact that he misses the whole point of his existence. Arthur Schopenhauer
Don’t associate with people who have a low view of humanity; it’ll give you a low view of yourself. Robert Anton Wilson
Resentment and cynicism suffocate the human spirit. Choose optimism, and fight for the best possible future you can imagine. Lex Fridman (Source)
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Bet on yourself. Joe Pompliano
Celebrate when your friends win. Anthony Pompliano
Optimism is not a lack of knowledge, but a source of courage. Pete Buttigieg
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. Anne Frank Click to tweet
Avoid emotional extremes and find a way to feel optimism and doubt at the same time — a difficult sensation to describe. Robert Greene
Cynicism is easy. Mimicry is easy. Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed. Naval Ravikant (Source)
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist see opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill
Pessimism is the short road to belonging, optimism is the long road to independence. Jack Butcher
Optimism almost always prevails over pessimism. Anthony Pompliano
Always be excited about the possibilities. Never be entitled to them. James Clear (Source)
An optimist was a person who thinks things could be done. No pessimist ever did anything for the world. David McCullough
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. José Ortega y Gasset
Think like an optimist. Prepare like a pessimist. Shane Parrish (Source)
You get paid linearly for analyzing and solving problems and non-linearly for spotting and seizing opportunities. Shane Parrish
Optimism, pessimism, f*ck that; we’re going to make it happen. Elon Musk
Everyone desires warmth and hope. When you paint a bright future for people, they feel the warmth. And they feel the optimism that comes from the “light” you provide. A prime function of every leader is to keep hope alive. John C Maxwell (Source)
Pessimists make a mess. Optimists make a difference. Jack Butcher Click to tweet
People will go farther than they thought they could when someone else thinks they can. John C Maxwell
It made sense to be pessimistic in the past. But modern society is far safer, with limited downside and unlimited upside. Adapting for modern society means overriding your natural pessimism. Naval Ravikant
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
It takes no courage to be an optimist, but it takes a great deal of courage to have hope. You need to believe you can make a difference no matter who you are, where you are, and with whatever you have. You must have hope and believe in yourself. John C Maxwell (Source)
Pessimism is swimming downstream. Optimism is swimming upstream. Jack Butcher
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjust the sails. John C Maxwell
Be the type of person that leaves everyone you interact with feeling energetic and optimistic. Anthony Pompliano (Source)
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind. Albert Schweitzer
Just because the world feels upside down right now, doesn’t mean you have to. Mel Robbins
Instead of worrying about everything that could go wrong, focus on everything that could go right. Gabby Bernstein
None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have faith. Paulo Coelho
The only way to defeat pessimism is with optimism. Simon Sinek (Source)
The primary ingredient for progress is optimism. The unwavering belief that something can be better is what drives the human race forward. Simon Sinek
Optimism is not letting the present and the past decide your future. Maxime Lagacé
Take the risk of optimism. Simon Sinek
Optimism is sought by the fearful. James Pierce
Optimist: person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness. Mark Twain
The primary ingredient for progress is optimism. The unwavering belief that something can be better is what drives the human race forward. Simon Sinek (Source)
A happy person is not a person with a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs
You have the freedom to choose to be optimistic or pessimistic. Rhonda Byrne
Optimists thrive but pessimists survive. Naval Ravikant
Cynicism destroys. Optimism creates. Lex Fridman (Source)
Pessimists and optimists will both die. But they will have lived totally different lives. Paulo Coelho
With despair, true optimism begins: the optimism of the man who expects nothing, who knows he has no rights and nothing coming to him, who rejoices in counting on himself alone and in acting alone for the good of all. Jean-Paul Sartre
Pessimism is the short road to belonging, optimism is the long road to independence. Jack Butcher
Innovation requires optimism. James Clear
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget but a pessimist forgets to laugh. Tom Bodett
I’m an optimist, but an optimist who brings a raincoat. Harold Wilson
Optimism is the ability to focus on where we’re going, not where we’re coming from. Simon Sinek
In optimism there is magic. In pessimism there is nothing. Abraham Hicks
Optimist: day dreamer more elegantly spelled. Mark Twain
Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair. Erich Fromm
We would drastically benefit from educating our children to be independent thinkers, with critical thinking and problem solving skills, who aspire to build a more prosperous future for humanity. Optimism and education always win. Anthony Pompliano (Source)
Optimism… A kind of heart stimulant — the digitalis of failure. Elbert Hubbard
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. Jack Layton
Optimism is free. Jack Butcher
The pessimist sees fire. The optimist sees light. The wise sees life. Maxime Lagacé
- Optimism is the art of remembering our vision despite the challenges.
- The improved life is on the side of optimism, not pessimism.
- There are more pessimists because it’s easier than being an optimist. Be the latter. Be courageous!
- How to be unhappy? Be negative.
- The pitfalls of being an optimist?
- You don’t see reality objectively
- You take more risks
- You can become overconfident
- The benefits of being an optimist?
- You’ll be wealthier
- You’ll be healthier
- You’ll be happier
Call to action: Read What Is Optimism? (Benefits, Potential pitfalls, etc.) (verywellmind.com)
I hope you enjoyed these beautiful optimism quotes.
And don’t forget that pessimists may be right from time to time, but the world moves forward because of optimists.
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