Hope, faith, idealism, optimism

Hope, faith, idealism, optimism

The optimist sees the donut. But the pessimist sees the hole.
— McLandburgh Wilson, American writer (b. 1915)

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
— Henry Ford, industrialst (1863-1947)

The pessimist sees danger in every opportunity; the optimist sees opportunity in every danger.
— Winston Churchill, British prime minister (1874-1965)

A good conscience is a continual Christmas
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and author (1900-1944), from The Little Prince

Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are.
— Mack McGinnis

If we could be heroes, if just for one day.
— David Bowie (David Robert Jones), English pop music performer (b. 1947)

Educate the heart. Let us have good men.
— Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805-1873)

No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
— Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-American anarchist writer, lecturer and activist (1869-1940)

You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave.
— Billie Holiday (Eleanor Fagan), American singer (1915-1959)

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
— Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)

We drive into the future using only our rear view mirror.
— (Herbert) Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator and media philosopher (1911-1980)

With our thoughts we make the world.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)

Security is a false god; begin making sacrifices to it and you are lost.
— Paul Bowles, American novelist (1910-1999)

Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.
— John Stuart Mill, 19th-century English philosopher and economist

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
— John Stuart Mill, 19th-century English philosopher and economist

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
— Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American classical pianist (1887-1982)

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.
— Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American mystic and author (1925-2000)

Don’t worry. Be happy.
— Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (1894-1969), quote popularized in a song by Bobby McFerrin, 20th-century American songwriter and performer

Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours…. never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness…. Your success and happiness lie in you…. The great enduring realities are love and service…. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third president (1743-1826), in letter to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811

People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nichomachean Ethics

I believe… that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third president (1743-1826), in a letter to John Adams, 1816

Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
— Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910), from Anna Karenina

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.
— Woody Allen, American humorist and filmmaker (b. 1935)

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.
— Lord Byron, English poet (1788-1824)

Those who seek happiness, miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.
— Holbrook Jackson

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
— Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910)

A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much happiness.
— Bernard de Fontanelle, French author (1657-1757)

An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it.
— Emily Post, American etiquette authority and author (1873-1960)

Optimism is the father that leads to achievement.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968), from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.
— Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist writer (1905-1980)

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
— Martin Luther, German priest and scholar whose questioning of certain church practices led to the Protestant Reformation (1483-1546)

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
— Albert Einstein, Swiss mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on the way.
— Carl Sandburg, American poet and writer (1878-1967)

Great hopes make great men.
— Thomas Fuller, English divine and author (1608-1661)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty in their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, American stateswoman, First Lady (1884-1962)

Idealism increases in direct proportion to ones distance from the problem.
— John Galsworthy, English novelist (1867-1933)

Ah, but a mans reach should exceed his grasp, Or whats a heaven for?
— Robert Browning, English poet (1812-1889)

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.
— Herbert Hoover, American public servant, U.S. president (1874-1964)

Those who believe they can do something are probably right — and so are those who believe they cant.
— Unknown

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)

A leader is a dealer in hope.
— Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor (1769-1821)

If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith and we have hope, and we can work.
— Jacques Cousteau, 20th-century French explorer, inventor, environmental activist and author

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
— Carl Schurz, German-American politician (1829-1906)

There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
— John Ruskin, British critic and author (1819-1900)

Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.
— Horace Walpole, English author and man of letters (1717-1797)

Light tomorrow with today.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861)

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.
— Boiste

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
— George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), English novelist (1819-1880)

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
— Anne Frank, German-born diarist and Holocaust victim (1929-1945)

True goodness springs from a man’s own heart. All men are born good.
— Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.)

The death of dogma is the birth of reality.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian philosopher and geographer (1724-1804)

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are — not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within — that you begin to take control.
— Oprah Winfrey, American talk-show host and actor (b. 1954)

Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.
— William Penn, American colonial leader (1644-1718)

Doubt breeds doubt.
— Franz Grillparzer, Austrian dramatist and poet (1791-1872)

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German statesman, poet, novelist, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.
— Dr. Robert Jarvik, 20th-century American heart surgeon

If you don’t appreciate it, you don’t deserve it.
— Terry Josephson, 20th/21st-century motivational author

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

It’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing — that’s the Lord’s test.
— Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (1911-1972)

God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
— Publilius Syrus

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
— Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (1265-1321)

To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough; a police force is needed as well.
— Albert Camus, French existentialist novelist (1913-1960)

I do not serve what you worship; nor do you serve what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine.
— The Koran

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
— Jonathan Swift, English satirist (1667-1745)

A knave’s religion is always the rottenest thing about him.
— John Ruskin, British critic and author (1819-1900)

Envy someone an’ it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.
— Thomas Moore, Irish poet, satirist, composer and musician (1779-1852), from Loves of the Angels: Third Angels Story

Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862), from Walden

A taste for simplicity cannot last for long.
— Eugene Delacroix, French painter (1798-1863)

Love never fails, character never quits, and dreams do come true.
— Pete Maravich, basketball player

Perfection has one grave defect; it is apt to be dull.
— Somerset Maugham, English author (1874-1965)

The kingdom of God is within you.
— Jesus (from the Bible, Luke 17:21)

Joy shared is twice the joy. Sorrow shared is half the sorrow.
— Swedish Proverb

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.
— Frank Crane, minister, speaker, columnist (1861-1928)

A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.
— Greek proverb

I learn by going where I have to go.
— Theodore Roethke, poet (1908-1963)

The last, if not the greatest, of the human freedoms: to choose their own attitude in any given circumstance.
— Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-born American psychologist and writer (1903-1990)

Failure is the mother of success.
— Chinese proverb

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

A live dog is better than a dead lion.
— Irish proverb

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
— Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (1910-1997)

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If people speak or act with evil thoughts, pain follows them. If people speak or act with pure thoughts, happiness follows them, like a shadow that never leaves them.
— Siddhartha Gautama, spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563 – 483 BCE)