What Is an Optimist?

Optimists are seldom surprised by trouble.
Optimists look for partial solutions even if an entire solution can’t be found.
Optimists believe they have control over their future.
Optimists allow for regular renewal.
Optimists interrupt their negative trains of thought.
Optimists heighten their powers of appreciation.
Optimists use imagination to rehearse success.
Optimists are cheerful even when they can’t be happy.
Optimists think they have an almost unlimited capacity for stretching.
Optimists build lots of love into their lives.
Optimists accept what cannot be changed.

Optimists and Pessimists

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

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. ~Gil Stern

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised. ~George F. Will, The Leveling Wind

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. ~Daniel L. Reardon

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. ~James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926

If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, "Well, this isn't too bad. I don't have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed," but most of us would say something more along the lines of "Aaaaah! My arm! My arm!" ~Lemony Snicket

Always borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn't expect to be paid back. ~Author Unknown

Things work out best for the people who make the best out of the way things work out. ~Art Linkletter

Promise yourself…

To be so strong
that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best,
to work only for the best
and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times
and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry,
too noble for anger,
too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself
and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud word,
but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side,
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

From "The Optimist Creed," first published by Christian Larson
in 1912 and adopted (in a shortened version) by Optimist International in 1922.

 

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