As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began
worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work
very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
Thomas A. Edison
If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.
An optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds. A pessimist fears the same may be true.
Ants never quit. If they're going somewhere and you stop them or block their path, they'll
look for another way. Up, down, all around. How long will they keep looking? Till they find
another way. See, that's good philosophy.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the
red stoplight. The truly wise person is color-blind.
Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star
does not change his mind.
Leonardo da Vinci
There's always a way. Where there's a will there is a way. You have to believe.
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.
All that was great in the past was
ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed. Only to
emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.
Never despair. But if you do, work on in despair.
Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.
I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into
space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an
optimist. We will reach out to the stars.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Whatever we focus on is bound to expand. Where we see the negative, we call forth more
negative. And where we see the positive, we call forth more positive. Having loved and lost, I
now love more passionately. Having won and lost, I now win more soberly. Having tasted the
bitter, I now savor the sweet.
Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
William Arthur Ward
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And
when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Malcolm S. Forbes
The optimist already sees the scar over the wound;
the pessimist still sees the wound underneath the scar.
My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these.
Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have
When you determine what you want, you have made the most important decision in your life.
You have to know what you want in order to attain it.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
To have reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle. A
belief of some kind. A bumper sticker, if you will.
Each of us has within us a life force, a spirit, a principle, an essence, an unfulfilled potential,
that gives no rest, no peace until it is realized.
Peter Nivio Zarlenga
I will say this about being an optimist - even when things don't turn out well, you are certain
they will get better.