Quotes for
the Journey:


Flowers grow out
of darker moments.

Corita Kent


I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.        -Nelson Mandela


The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a person to hold his or her head high, to claim the future for him or herself and not to abandon it to the enemy.       -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have become my own version of an optimist.  If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door--or I'll make a door.  Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.       -Rabindranath Tagore

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.       -Brian Tracy

Optimism is a happiness magnet.  If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.       -Mary Lou Retton
Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how to handle the worst.  Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.       -Zurich Axiom

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.       -Khalil Gibran
I am optimistic and confident in all that I do.  I affirm only the best for myself and others.  I am the creator of my life and my world.  I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence.  I fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.        -Alice Potter
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.       -Lucille Ball
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.       -Lloyd Alexander
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something in them.  Look at the sunny side of everything.  Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.  Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your won.  Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.  Give everyone a smile.  Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.  Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.       -Christian D. Larsen
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this world, the optimists have it, not because they are always right, but because they are positive.  Even when they are wrong they are positive, and that is the way of achievement, correction, improvement, and success.  Educated, eye-open optimism pays.        -David Landes
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of difficulties.        -Harry S. Truman
People have been wonderful to me in the good times and the bad, and I've come to believe that you do indeed reap what you sow.  For those who constantly gripe about life, I turn and walk away.  For those who speak negatively about people behind their backs, I move on.        -Bob Losure
There is an optimism which nobly anticipates the eventual triumph of great moral lows, and there is an optimism which cheerfully tolerates unworthiness.        -Agnes Repplier
I am an optimist.  It does not seem too much use being anything else.        -Winston Churchill
An optimist is the human personification of spring.        -Susan J. Bissonette

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Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life.  Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity.     -Philip Butler, (Vietnam War POW)
What choices are you making in your perception of the events around you?  We choose how we view our times.  There is a pinch of pessimism in our culture now.  Counter it with small acts of optimism.
   Pick up a piece of litter that isn't yours.  Show some extra grace on the freeway.  Give to your food bank.  Smile at a child who is in your way.  Help someone you know.  Help someone you don't know.
   The accumulation of small, optimistic acts produces quality in our culture and in your life.  Our culture resonates in tense times to individual acts of grace.  What's your choice?     -Jennifer James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
There is an optimism which nobly anticipates the eventual triumph of great moral lows, and there is an optimism which cheerfully tolerates unworthiness.     -Agnes Repplier
Everybody avoids the company of those who are always grumbling, who are full of "ifs" and "buts," and "I told you so's."  We like the people who always look toward the sun, whether it shines or not.  It is the cheerful, hopeful people we go to for sympathy and assistance; not the carping, gloomy critics,--who always think it is going to rain, and that we are going to have a terribly hot summer, or a fearful thunder-storm, or who are forever complaining of hard times and their hard lot.  It is the bright, cheerful, hopeful, contented people who makes their ways, who are respected and admired.
Gloom and depression not only take much out of life, but detract greatly from the chances of winning success.  It is the bright and cheerful spirit that wins the final triumph.     -Orison Swett Marden
To the question of whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.    -Albert Schweitzer
True optimism has no connection whatever with overindulgent judgments of any kind.  It consists of conceiving and willing the ideal, as this is inspired by profound and self-consistent affirmation of life and of the world.    -Albert Schweitzer, Civilization and Ethics



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