Inspirational Quotes - Optimism

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.  Mark Twain

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.  Nelson Mandela

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I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. Winston Churchill

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. Johan Wolfgang Goethe

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Mahatma Gandi

My sun sets to rise again. Robert Browning

Optimism is the foundation of courage. Nicholas Murray Butler

Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne: there are places in this world that aren't made out of stone… there's something inside that they can't get to, that they can't touch, that's yours.

Red: What're you talking about?

Andy Dufresne: Hope.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. James Russell Lowell

Life is a matter of passing the time enjoyably. There may be other things in life, but I've been too busy passing my time enjoyably to think very deeply about them. Peter Cook

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

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

No dream is too extreme. Pinocchio

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. Bob Moawad

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Here's a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note. Don't worry, be happy.

In every life we have some trouble but when you worry you make it double. Don't worry, be happy. Don't worry, be happy now.

Ain't got no place to lay your head, somebody came and took your bed. Don't worry, be happy.

The landlord say your rent is late, he may have to litigate. Don't worry, be happy.

Look at me, I'm happy. Don't worry, be happy.

Here I give you my phone number. When you worry, call me, I make you happy. Don't worry, be happy.

Ain't got no cash, ain't got no style, ain't got no gal to make you smile. Don't worry, be happy.

Cause when you worry your face will frown and that will bring everybody down. Don't worry, be happy.

Don't worry, don't worry, don't do it. Be happy. Put a smile on your face. Don't bring everybody down. Don't worry. It will soon pass, whatever it is. Don't worry, be happy. I'm not worried, I'm happy.

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

There’s no such thing as bad weather - only inappropriate clothing. Billy Connelly

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Maria Robinson

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them. Lucy Mand Montgomery

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. Bob Moawad

An optimist is the human personification of spring.  Susan J. Bissonette

 

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn. Hal Borland

 

Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Nancye V. Sims

Come to the edge, he said. They said, We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew. Gillaume Apollinaire

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do. James Barrie

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. Robert Brault

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy.

Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da...Feelin' Groovy.

Hello lamp-post,
What cha knowin'?
I've come to watch your flowers growin'.
Ain't cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in' doo-doo,
Feelin' groovy.

I've got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all it's petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank

Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people. Zig Ziglar

We turn not older with years but newer every day. Emily Dickenson

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Happiness is not a result - it’s a state of mind and body. Paul McKenna

Happiness is the result of my decision to be happy. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. In other words, happiness is a feeling I tap into, not an outcome of events. I can be happy without changing anything in my life except my relationship to my own thinking. I decide to be happy and commit myself to making happiness my state of mind, rather than relying on a set of circumstances to do it for me. Richard Carlson

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. Helen Keller

A Creed To Live By - Nancye V. Sims

Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.

It is because we are different that each one of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important.

Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart.

Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or the future.

By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give.

Nothing is really over until you stop trying.

Don’t be afraid to admit you are less than perfect.

It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks.

It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.

The quickest way to receive love is to give love.

The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.

And the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don’t dismiss your dreams.

To be without dreams is to be without hope.

To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been

But also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thank you for this post.

Don't Worry, Be Happy...


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Russ...Very nice collection of memorable quotes...I especially liked the short but meaningful quote " No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn."...So true, so apropos for me now...Thank you, my sensitive friend...Go well, Larry


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

really well developed hub thanks


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Very true statements & words of wisdom! beautifully done! Rated ya' up!


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Thank you all for the positive feedback! Nice to see visits from 'old' and also new friends. Very much appreciated. Russ


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

These quotes are awesome, Russ, and the music - well you know how I love these two songs!

Thanks so much for the really inspiring Hub. I need encouragement.

Love and peace

Tony


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Howzit Tony, thanks, sending you heaps of encouragement. Russ


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Nightchu 2 years ago from US in a very warm place : )

Love post brimming with the warm good stuff that keeps me going! Thank you : )

My sun sets to rise again. Robert Browning

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