Optimism&Pessimism


his difficulties.” - Harry S. Truman (1884-1972); 33rd A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of President of the United States
“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ” - Theodore Vail (1845-1920); U.S. telephone industrialist
Every test we face in our life makes us bitter or better,
Every problem which comes to us make us or break us
Choice is ours, whether we become victims or turn victorious. - Anonymous
“I haven’t a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.” - Nancy Willard (born 1936); childrens author, poet, and novelist
“...Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. its yours.” - Ayn Rand (1905-1982); writer, philosopher
“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher
“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” - John Updike (1932-2009); American novelist
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino
Every day is special, if you think so.
Every moment is memorable, if you feel so.
Every one is unique, if you see so.
Life is beautiful, if you live so!. - Anonymous
Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. - A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India
“The thing always happens that you believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” - Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959); architect
Your present circumstances dont determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. ~Nido Qubein

The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. ~ Randy Pausch

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” - Augustine of Hippo (354-430);theologian

“If opportunity doesnt knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle (1908-2002); comedian, actor, author

“Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is elan, ésprit de corps, and determination. ” - George C. Marshall (1880-1959); U.S. Army general

“Joy and hope are never separate. I have never met a hopeful person who was depressed or a joyful person who had lost hope...It is important to become aware that at every moment of our life we have the opportunity to choose joy. It is in the choice that our true freedom lies, and that freedom is, in the final analysis, the freedom to love.”- Henri Nouwen (1932-1996);Catholic priest, author

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. ~William Arthur Ward

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ” - Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, producer, director, and writer; best known for his role as Superman

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. -Dale Carnegie

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. ” - John F. Kennedy (1917-1963);35th US President

Dont judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
 ~ Leon J. Sue

“You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis. ” - Henry Ford (1863-1947); founder of Ford Motor Company

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Be strong, go with your heart, and believe in miracles because anything...anything can happen.” - Marlo Javidando

Crisis breeds opportunity. Look for something positive, take your broken wings and learn to fly again. ~ Orrin Checkmate Hudson

Expectations are seeds. Once planted, they manifest into those things we gain from life, or lose. When you become aware of your own expectations, you discover the unspoken limits you have set on yourself. There is a huge difference between those who expect great things and those who dont. - Deepak Chopra, Physician

“Believe that theres light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.” - Kobi Yamada -Author

When you develop your ability to balance your emotions, unexpected problems wont knock you off balance as easily, and youll return more quickly to a positive outlook. ~Peggy McColl

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. ~Jack Canfield, Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But Ive bought a big bat. Im all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” - Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991); Writer, Cartoonist, Animator
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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

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"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny." - Albert Ellis

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"The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score." - Bill Copeland

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"If what youre doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose." - Anonymous
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Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori proverb

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Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didnt make me stronger. ~Lou Holtz

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"The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it." - Anonymous
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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
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"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

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"What the mind can conceive, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

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"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult." - Seneca

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"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." -Albert Einstein.

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"If opportunity doesnt knock, build a door." - Milton Berle
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"The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. Its then about breaking our personal limits and outgrowing ourselves to live our best lives."- Anonymous

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"Dont say you dont have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." - Lifes Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi
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"When you cant change the direction of the wind -- adjust your sails." - H. Jackson Brown
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"Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you dont aim for it all, youll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want." - Richard Koch
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"To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are."- Anonymous
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"Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong."- Anonymous
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"Your time is limited, dont waste it living someone elses life. Dont be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other peoples thinking. Dont let the noise of others opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobspro
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If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.- Lucy Larcom (1824-1893); poet
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It matters if you just dont give up. - Stephen Hawking
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Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. - Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887); clergyman, social reformer
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There is no such thing as cant, only wont. If youre qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you cant blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people. - Jan Ashford
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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. - Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888); Novelist
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The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. ~ Thomas Carlyle

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The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesnt need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.- Abe Tannenbaum (-); architect
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Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilites - always see them, for theyre always there. - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
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Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. - Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924); author, publisher
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde
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The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become. - James Allen,(1864-1912); philosophical writer, poet
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Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory. - Norman Vincent Peale, (1898-1993); author, preacher
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The future belongs to the risk takers, not the security seekers. The more you seek security, the less of it you will have and the more you pursue opportunity, the more security you will achieve. - Brian Tracy
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Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it...Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before. - James Buckham, (-); writer, author
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It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened. - Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586); poet, soldier
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Stop asking if the glass is half full or half empty. Instead ask "Whats in it? How did it get there? What can I do with it? - David Kaufman
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The only factors you may consider bad or negative are those thoughts and words affecting your mind, which tend to weaken you mentally and physically causing you mental depression and misery. - Swami Vivekananda
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"The problems of the world cannot possibily be solved by sceptics and cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never where". - John F. Kennedy
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Shadows fall out of sight when eyes are raised to the sun in optimism.- Anonymous
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He who has faith has... an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well - even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly. - B. C. Forbes(1880-1954); financial journalist; founded Forbes Magazine
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Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never - in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner
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You have to have darkness for the dawn to come. - Harrison Fo
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The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm. - H. W. Arnold
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If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you wont, you most assuredly wont. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. - Denis Waitley
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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman (1820-1913); American escaped slave, abolitionist, humanitarian _______________________________________________________________________

Optimists see stepping stones where pessimists see stumbling blocks. - Anonymous


Whether you think you can or think you cant - you are right. - Henry Ford (1863-1947)
industrialist; pioneer of the assembly-line production method


When Ive heard all I need to make a decision, I dont take a vote. I make a decision. - Ronald Reagan

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


Within each of us is a hidden store of energy.
Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life.
Within each of us is a hidden store of courage.
Courage to give us the strength to face any challenge.
Within each of us is a hidden store of determination.
Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost. - Roger Dawson


Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. - Gail Devers (b.1966); three-time Olympic 100 meter champion

Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
Always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
There is one elementary truth,
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas
And splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
Then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one
That would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision
Raising in ones favor all manner
Of unforeseen incidents and meetings
And material assistance,
Which no man could have dreamt
Would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethes couplets:
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Bold

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