245+ Optimistic Quotes

Optimism is an important part of life and can help us stay strong and focused, even during difficult and challenging times. We can look these powerful optimistic quotes to give us hope and courage to move forward. Whether you’re looking for an uplifting message of encouragement, or a meaningful reminder to stay positive and have faith in yourself, these motivational optimistic quotes have something for everyone. Read on for some of the most inspiring quotes about optimism and the power of staying positive!

If you’re in need of a pick-me-up and looking for some positivity, then look no further than these optimistic quotes. Whether you’re feeling down or life has been a bit of a struggle lately, these inspiring words will help you to stay motivated and remind you that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. So, get ready to be filled with hope and joy as you explore some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking optimistic quotes around!

Best Optimistic Quotes

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning. S. C. Lourie

Always let your conscience be your guide. Jiminy Cricket

The purpose that you wish to find in life, like a cure you seek, is not going to fall from the sky. …I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned. Michael J. Fox

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. Buckminster Fuller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller

Good things happen in your life when you surround yourself with positive people. Roy T. Benett

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

Optimism the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly. Ambrose Pierce

What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership. Bob Iger

Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. Gertrude B. Elion

Comedy is acting out optimism. Robin Williams

Self-belief, optimism, and hard work, these things don’t guarantee to get any of us to the top, but they at least give us a fighting chance. Jason Ayres

Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It’s up to you to choose which you will be. Harvey Mackay

Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. Nelson Mandela

To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the ‘what is next’, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here. Mark Twain

Surround yourself with positive people. Rod Rohrich

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A good laugh is sunshine in the house. William Makepeace Thackeray

Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen. Deep Roy

Base your relationships on the right values. Dick Gephardt

The longest way must have its close the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. Harriet Beecher Stowe

A positive attitude causes a chain of reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. Wade Boggs

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

An optimist is a braver cynic. Colum McCann

I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself. Arthur C. Clarke

Today is a good day to try. Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

True hopefulness and optimism is what leads one to dare. It is also what lifts one back up to dare again after a failed attempt. Bibi Bourelly

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

Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. Pat Riley

We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie

The most wasted of days is one without laughter. E. E. Cummings

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life has no remote….get up and change it yourself! Mark A. Cooper

Optimism is joyful searching; pessimism is a prison of fear and a clutching at illusionary safety. Kathleen A. Brehony

I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is Yes. Leonard Bernstein

Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists. Thomas L. Friedman

The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it. Peter Pan J.M. Barrie

When you fail, that is when you get closer to success. Stephen Richards

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. Dalai Lama XIV

Bear up until you see you’re gaining. Robert Louis Stevenson

For every dark night there’s a brighter day. Tupac Shakur

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Famous Optimistic Quotes

Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment. Mahatma Gandhi

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud. Henry Rollins

A positive atmosphere nurtures a positive attitude, which is required to take positive action. Richard M. Devos

Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams. Brad Sugars

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr

Each day provides its own gifts. Marcus Aurelius

The less you respond to negative people, the more positive your life will become. Paulo Coelho

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

It is the possibility that keeps me going, and though you may call me a dreamer or a fool or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible. Nicholas Sparks

If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels. Tennessee Williams

Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. Tena Desae

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. Joyce Brothers

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. Nicholas Murray Butler

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. J. Robert Oppenheimer

I try to think about optimism. I try to look at the beautiful things in life. Dolores O’Riordan

Those who can raise their thoughts to heaven will always have clear days, because the sun always shines above the clouds. Leo Tolstoy

We have to collectively work together to improve the world. Samuel Strauch

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. Brian Tracy

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The man who is a pessimist before  knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little. Mark Twain

Make your life matter and have fun doing it. Aaron Hurst

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted. Christine Caine

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are. Rumi

For myself I am an optimist it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. Winston Churchill

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Norman Cousins

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. Voltaire

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

I think in life, you have a choice. You can either be optimistic or pessimistic, and I go for the optimism. Jon Anderson

The optimism of a revolutionary always gives rise to a sense of wonder. Roger Zelazny

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. Nicholas M. Butler

Life is tough, and things don’t always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives. Suga

Cultivate an optimistic mind use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible. Rodolfo Costa

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. Theodore Roosevelt

Optimism,” said Cacambo, “What is that?” “Alas!” replied Candide, “It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst. Voltaire

In the hour of adversity, be not without hope; for crystal rain falls from black clouds. Nizami

My optimism for life carried through my work. John Dyer

Life doesn’t get much better than this. Stanford Wong

Optimism is the opium of the people. Milan Kundera

I think I am going to have to supercharge my optimism to arm myself for the battle ahead. Rebecca Bloom

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Isaac Rubin

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. Bruce Lee

A new planting is like having another child, requiring patience and sacrifice and a resounding optimism for the future. David Mas Masumoto

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothingever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the onset. Charles Dickens

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. Helen Keller

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West

there’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst. Stephen King

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

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Powerful Optimistic Quotes

To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the ‘what is next’, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here. Mark Twain

What we think, we become. Buddha

The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity; the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem. William Arthur Ward

When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple. Paulo Coelho

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. Marcus Aurelius

Most people are nice when you finally see them. Harper Lee

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo

Even if I don’t reach all my goals, I’ve gone higher than I would have if I hadn’t set any. Danielle Fotopoulis

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it. George Bernard Shaw

The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision. William Arthur Ward

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Oprah Winfrey

You do not find the happy life. You make it. Thomas S. Monson

It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. Orison Swett Marden

To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks. Bill Gates

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. Mary Lou Retton

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. Shiv Khera

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

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. Arundhati Roy

Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine. Anthony J. D’Angelo

When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic. Charles R. Swindoll

Tough times never last but tough people do. Robert Schuller

Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not your liking, change your liking. Rick Steves

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

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It never rains but it pours. Lucy Maud Montgomery

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. Dalai Lama

You cannot change reality, but you can control the manner in which you look at things. Your attitude is under your own control. Weed out the negative and focus on the positive! Helen Steiner Rice

Life is all a green old English garden and time an endless summer afternoon. Henry James

I’m not much but I’m all I have. Philip K Dick

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory. Dr. Seuss

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual. Virginia Woolf

We may not have hit the peak yet, but we are on the journey up. Brian Nhira

I’ve missed more than  shots in my career I’ve lost almost  games.  times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha

Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event. Brian Tracy

Τhere’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst. Stephen King

Think and wonder. Wonder and think. Dr. Suess

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. Albert Schweitzer

I see the glass half full and thank God for what I have. Ana Monnar

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S. Truman

Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive. Lea Labelle

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Tony Robbins

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to grow externally. Hannah Bronfman

Be more optimistic. Pessimism is a kind of behavior that you learn . Hoping for the best and believing that everything is going to be fine in the end helps to reduce stress. David Brown

Sometimes, when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place. Mark Alan Williams

Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking. Rick Steves

I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mind set gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great. Russell Wilson

This is it folks. Life. This ain’t a rehearsal. Give it you’re best shot! Freequill

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Inspirational Optimistic Quotes

I say looking on the bright side of life never killed anybody. Jenny Han

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs

Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose. G.K. Nelson


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

Do what is true to your soul. Malini Saba

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

Don’t complain but compliment. Don’t compete but empower. Debasish Mridha

It never hurts to see the good in someone, they often act the better because of it. Nelson Mandela

If you see the world and yourself through a lens smudged by negativity, then you’ll find much misery. If you look outwards and inwards through lens brightened by positivity you’ll find much to be happy and appreciative about. Henrik Edberg

I want to reach my potential, impact my world, and leave a legacy. Seth Buechley

We have two choices. We can be pessimistic, give up, and help ensure that the worst will happen. Or we can be optimistic, grasp the opportunities that surely exist, and maybe help make the world a better place. Not much of a choice. Noam Chomsky

If you can stay positive in a negative situation, you win. Anonymous

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

I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson

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

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr

While you’re going through this process of trying to find the satisfaction in your work, pretend you feel satisfied. Tell yourself you had a good day. Walk through the corridors with a smile rather than a scowl. Your positive energy will radiate. If you act like you’re having fun, you’ll find you are having fun. Jean Chatzky

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

Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I’m a realist. Margaret Atwood

Optimism inspires, energizes, and brings out our best. It points the mind toward possibilities and helps us think creatively past problems. Price Pritchett

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde

Say something positive, and you’ll see something positive. Jim Thompson

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 W. 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

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take them closer to the fulfilment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. Jack Canfield

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. Louis D. Brandeis

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl

Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. Margaret Atwood

One very important factor for sustaining hope is to have an optimistic attitude. Optimism doesn’t mean that you are blind to the reality of the situation. It means that you remain motivated to seek a solution to whatever problems arise. Optimism involves looking at a situation not only in relation to problems that arise, but also seeking out some benefit—looking at it in terms of its potential positive outcome. Dalai Lama XIV

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism. Twyla Tharpe

When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while. Lucy Maud Montgomery

Optimism is the foundation of courage. Nicholas M. Butler

Have a smile for breakfast, you’ll be shitting joy by lunch. Joe Abercrombie

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

For myself I am an optimist it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. Winston S. Churchill

The joy of life is becoming a person you are proud of. Bill Orender

I think it’d be a whole lot better if you focus on what we do well than what we’re unable to do. Isn’t that what you call fair? Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look. Jodi Picoul

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. Carl Sandburg

An optimist is a man who has never had much experience. Don Marquis

The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable. Margery Allingham

They can because they think they can. Virgil

The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it. JM Barrie (Peter Pan)

One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion. Voltaire

All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

It doesn’t matter what cards you’re dealt. It’s what you do with those cards. Never complain. Just keep pushing forward. Find a positive in anything and just fight for it Baker Mayfield

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. Maya Angelou

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible. Albert Einstein

Jump in with both feet and be brave. Sujit Choudhry

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Motivational Optimistic Quotes

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others. Rosa Parks

The world doesn’t always give you what you want, but it often gives you what you need. Naval Ravikant

Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen. Deep Roy

The main benefit of optimism is resilience in the face of setback. Daniel Kahneman

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius

Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.Hafez

Change happens, when we replace fear with hope. Sukant Ratnakar

Feeling lost, crazy and desperate belongs to a good life as much as optimism, certainty and reason. Alain de Botton

The most wasted of days is one without laughter. E.E. Cummings

A No.  pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. Joyce Meyer

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

If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others. Philip K. Dick

You have this ability to find beauty in weird places. Kamila Shamsie

If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles. Widad Akrawi

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Anne Frank

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I like to see the glass as half full, hopefully of Jack Daniels. Darynda Jones

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute. George Bernard Shaw

Be yourself and people will like you. Jeff Kinney

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. William James

Things are always better in the morning.Harper Lee

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Ziglar

The real test is not whether you avoid failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama

Salvation lies within. Warden Samuel Norton

The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism. Brian May

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. Winston Churchill

Staying positive does not mean everything will turn out okay. Rather, it means you will be okay no matter how things turn out. Unknown

Sometimes pessimism or optimism gets popular, and it’s contagious. Edward C. Prescott

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. H.Jackson Brown Jr

If your dreams are to hard to achieve, just achieve. Benny Bellamacina

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of superior personality. Brian Tracy

In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Everything will fall into place, just be patient. Unknown

You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down. Charlie Chaplin

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

Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world. Roy T. Bennett

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

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

He seems to see good in every one. No one would take him for a clergyman. E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

These positive joy quotes will uplift you and prepare you for what lies ahead.