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  • People ask me, "Are you an optimist?" I say "I hope so!"
  • The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
  • Humans are, on net balance, builders rather than destroyers.
  • The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
  • A positive attitude might not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
    • Herm Albright
  • Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
  • I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.
  • Jerry boy, why do you have to paint everything so black? Suppose you got hit by a truck. Suppose the stock market crashes. Suppose Mary Pickford divorces Douglas Fairbanks. Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn!
  • The Doctor: Where's your joy in life? Where's your optimism?
    Romana: It opted out.
  • K9: Optimism: belief that everything will work out well. Irrational, bordering on insane.