Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Category: Optimism and Pessimism.

The repository contains 20 quotes in the category “Optimism and Pessimism.”

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 — 1882

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill
1874 — 1965

Pessimist: a person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

George Bernard Shaw
1856 — 1950

No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning.

George Carlin
1937 — 2008

The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.

Mark Twain
1835 — 1910

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

Oscar Wilde
1854 — 1900

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Oscar Wilde
1854 — 1900

Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.

Thomas Edison
1847 — 1931

The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe that the best is yet to come.

Sir Peter Ustinov
1921 — 2004

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

H. L. Mencken
1880 — 1956

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Alexander Pope
1688 — 1744

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

Francis Bacon
1561 — 1626

If you think it’s going to rain, it will.

Clint Eastwood
1930 —     

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

William Arthur Ward
1921 — 1997

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Steven Wright
1955 —     

When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Steven Wright
1955 —     

Go into situations expecting nothing and you always come out getting something better than you had ever expected.


It’s better to be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.


When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.

Joseph Joubert
1754 — 1824

The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.

James Branch Cabell
1879 — 1958