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Monday, 17 September 2012

Quotes on Optimism


There's a good time coming,boys! A good time coming.
                                                          CHARLES MACKAY, The Good Time Coming

Behold, we know not anything;
    I can but trust that good shall fall
   At last-far-off-at last,to all,
And every winter change to spring.
                                            -TENNYSON, In Memoriam, LIV

All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
                                                  -VOLTAIRE, Candide

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

                                                          -HAVELOCK ELLIS, The Dance of Life

" One who never turned his back but marched breast forward,
   Never doubted clouds world break,
   Never dreamed,though right were worsted,wrong would triumph,
   Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, Sleep to wake ".

                                                                     -R. BROWNING, Asolando, Epilogue.

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

                                                                   -BRANCH CABELL, The Silver Stallion

Two men look out through the same bars;
One sees the mud, and one the stars.

                                                      -F.LANGBRIDGE, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts

Twixt optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll:

The optimist see the doughnut,
The pessimist,  the hole.

                                                         -McL. WILSON,Optimist and Pessimist