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OPTIMISM
[ Also see Cheerfulness Pessimism ]

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
      - James Branch Cabell

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
      - Paul Fussell

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
      - Kahlil Gibran

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.
      - Antonio Gramsci

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
      - William James

Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than gloomy gray when viewing the world.
      - Grace Paley

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

Optimistic lies have such immense therapeutic value that a doctor who cannot tell them convincingly has mistaken his profession.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance (preface)

The basis for optimism is sheer terror.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

I'm an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat.
      - Harold Wilson


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