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Optimism is normal, but some fortunate people are more optimistic than the rest of us. If you are genetically endowed with an optimistic bias, you hardly need to be told that you are a lucky person - you already feel fortunate.
I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with.
I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.
No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
William Ralph Inge
Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.
I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
What we can borrow from Ronald Reagan... is that great sense of optimism. He led by building on the strengths of America, not running America down.
We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities.
Fred G. Gosman
I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread.
Robert Anton Wilson
I learned a good deal about economics, and about America, from the author of the Reagan tax reforms - the great Jack Kemp. What gave Jack that incredible enthusiasm was his belief in the possibilities of free people, in the power of free enterprise and strong communities to overcome poverty and despair. We need that same optimism right now.
These days I wonder more and more why people are pessimistic when American history actually supports optimism.
Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.
I don't think in terms of optimism and pessimism when writing a story. I am telling a story.
I'm not interested in blind optimism, but I'm very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, 'This is not enough.'
Optimism is the opium of the people.
I suspect that many of the great cultural shifts that prepare the way for political change are largely aesthetic. A Buick radiator grille is as much a political statement as a Rolls Royce radiator grille, one enshrining a machine aesthetic driven by a populist optimism, the other enshrining a hierarchical and exclusive social order.
J. G. Ballard
Well, optimism's a good thing. It - makes people go out and - you know, start businesses and spend and do whatever is necessary to get the economy going.
When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's government fell in May 1940, the nation turned to Churchill. At last, his unique qualities were brought to bear on a supreme challenge, and with his unshakable optimism, his heroic vision, and above all, his splendid speeches, Churchill roused the spirit of the British people.
Having a child at 55... that's optimism.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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