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- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell (1937 - )
- The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
- Havelock Ellis (1859 - 1939)
- The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
- James Branch Cabell (1879 - 1958), The Silver Stallion, 1926
- The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
- I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
- Paul Fussell
- The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
- Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004)
- Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.
- Robert G. Allen
- For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet, London, November 9, 1954
- An optimist is the human personification of spring.
- Susan J. Bissonette