If you’re facing a tough time, these 73 optimistic quotes can illuminate your path, reminding you that optimism is a deliberate choice filled with hope, not merely a response to life’s circumstances.
Optimism is not just beneficial but essential, encouraging us to perceive life’s brighter aspects.
These quotes originate from a diverse group of individuals including writers, philosophers and politicians who have tackled various life challenges.
Despite their unique circumstances, they all shared a common conviction – optimism was the key that transformed their life perspective and propelled them towards their goals.
So, let these quotes inspire you to choose optimism, regardless of the adversity you’re facing.
Top 10 Optimistic Quotes
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down. ~ Charlie Chaplin.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. ~ Maya Angelou.
The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism. ~ Brian May.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis.
If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others. ~ Philip K. Dick.
Optimism refuses to believe that the road ends without options. ~ Robert H. Schuller.
Motivation comes from working on things we care about. ~ Sheryl Sandberg.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~ Dale Carnegie.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank.
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr.
Famous Optimistic Quotes
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose. ~ Kahlil Gibran.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. ~ John Wooden.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~ Helen Keller.
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. ~ Lucy Larcom.
Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted. ~ Christine Caine.
Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time. ~ Norman Cousins.
Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of. ~ Markus Zusak.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again. ~ Harvey Mackay.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus.
What is hope but a feeling of optimism, a thought that says things will improve, it won’t always be bleak and there’s a way to rise above the present circumstances. ~ Wayne Dyer.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ~ Walt Disney.
Most Optimistic Quotes
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. ~ Joyce Meyer.
Optimism is the opium of the people. ~ Milan Kundera.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ~ Deepak Chopra.
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.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. ~ Helen Keller.
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. ~ Noam Chomsky.
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. ~ Richie Norton.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. ~ Voltaire.
My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud. ~ Henry Rollins.
Optimism – the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly. ~ Ambrose Pierce.
We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. ~ Vince Lombardi.
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. ~ Nicholas Murray Butler.
Great Optimistic Quotes
Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done. ~ Bo Bennett.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. ~ Martin Luther.
It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. ~ Orison Swett Marden.
It’s the will that’s awakened in the darkness, that brings us to a more permanent light. ~ Doniel Katz.
Choose to be optimistic. It feels better. ~ Dalai Lama.
Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. ~ Belva Davis.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill.
I say looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody. ~ Jenny Han.
To find optimism, look for the good things in life. ~ Catherine Pulsifer.
Best Optimistic Quotes
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism. ~ Oscar Wilde.
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. ~ Lucille Ball.
Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them. ~ William James.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~ Mark Twain.
It’s not that optimism solves all of life’s problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing. ~ Lucy Macdonald.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ~ Confucius.
You have this ability to find beauty in weird places. ~ Kamila Shamsie.
When you’re focused on finding a positive angle to challenges or looking for the bright side to life, you find yourself being more optimistic. ~ Alex Uwajeh.
Inspiring Optimistic Quotes
Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles. ~ Roy T. Bennett.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller.
Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant – the digitalis of failure. ~ Elbert Hubbard.
I try to think about optimism. I try to look at the beautiful things in life. ~ Dolores O’Riordan.
Urgent optimism is the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, combined with the belief that we have a reasonable hope of success. ~ Jane McGonigal.
I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with. ~ Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Every problem has a gift for you in its hands. ~ Richard Bach.
I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will. ~ Antonio Gramsci.
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. ~ Winston Churchill.
Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking. ~ Rick Steves.
Powerful Optimistic Quotes
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead. ~ Robert Brault.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson.
Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. ~ Nelson Mandela.
Optimism is joyful searching; pessimism is a prison of fear and a clutching at illusionary safety. ~ Kathleen A. Brehony.
He who is of a calm and happy nature, will hardly feel the pressure of age. ~ Plato.
The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year. ~ Samuel Johnson
So these were the 73 top quotes about Optimistic.