79 Optimism Quotes To Improve Your Mood (With Images)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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!
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The world belongs to optimists. Pessimists are only spectators. Francois Guizot

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Better health follows movement. Better life follows optimism. Maxime Lagacé

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Optimism is courage, if it’s not naive. Jordan Peterson

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Choose optimism. It feels better. Rhonda Byrne

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Optimists are wealthier, healthier, and happier. Sahil Lavingia


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When pessimistic, things rarely go as bad as you think. But when optimistic, things rarely go as well as you think too. Mark Manson

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I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right. Albert Einstein

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Optimism isn’t believing nothing bad will happen. It’s about believing in your ability to handle it when it does. Mel Robbins

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Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. Kevin Kelly

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Civilization isn’t built by pessimists. Naval Ravikant


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Optimists achieve things. Paul Graham

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Pessimists sound smart. Optimists make money. Nat Friedman

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The realist sees reality as concrete. The optimist sees reality as clay. Robert Brault

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Optimism is a bet on humanity. Pessimism is a bet against. Jack Butcher

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Cynicism sounds smart short term, but optimism ultimately wins. Chris Dixon (Source)



More Quotes About Optimism

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Optimism wins. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

Optimism and persistence can outlast your most enthusiastic haters. Anthony Pompliano

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 (edlatimore.com)

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

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Optimism might not make you successful but pessimism will ensure you’re not. Shane Parrish

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)

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

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What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. Anne Frank

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

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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)

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Pessimists make a mess. Optimists make a difference. Jack Butcher

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

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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)

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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

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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

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

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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

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The pessimist sees fire. The optimist sees light. The wise sees life. Maxime Lagacé

Key Takeaways

  • 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 can become overconfident
    • You take more risks
  • The benefits of being an optimist?
    • You’ll be wealthier
    • You’ll be healthier
    • You’ll be happier 😊

Further Readings

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.

Now, if you did enjoy the quotes, please share them with one of your pessimist friends today!

Are you an optimist? What’s your favorite optimism quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

July 15, 2022

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