Optimism Quotes To Make Your Day

By Stephanie Kirby|Updated February 1, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC


There tend to be two groups of people in the world. Those that are optimistic and those that are pessimistic. Those that see the glass half full and those that see it half empty. According to dictionary.com, the definition of optimism is "a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome. The belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world."

The good news is, you can determine which group you want to be in. Some people believe that people are either optimistic or pessimistic, but, the choice is yours. Anyone can put optimism to play in their life by choosing to focus on the good instead of the bad in the world. Here are some optimism quotes to help make your day.

Optimism In Tough Times

Life can be hard at times. Choosing optimism can help make those hard times a little better. If you are struggling in life, choose to focus on the good. Bad times will pass and living in negativity will not help you change your circumstances or your attitude.

If you are struggling, making an appointment with a BetterHelp licensed therapist can help you gain perspective on your situation. And, the following quotes can remind you that this too shall pass.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." - Victor Hugo

"You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events." - Joel Osteen

"An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery." - Walter Winchell

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough." - Richard DeVos

"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

"In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning." - Carl Sandburg

"Forget about what you might have lost but instead focus on what you have room to gain." - Lindsey Rietzsch


"Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive." - Leah LaBelle

"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them." - Jack Canfield

"No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things." -Demi Lovato

"There is only on optimist. He has been here since man has been on this earth, and that is man himself. If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry us through all these things, we wouldn't be here. We have survived it on our optimism." -Edward Steichen

Choosing Optimism Quotes

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely." - Roy T. Bennett

"Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create." - Roy T. Bennett

"When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective." - Harvey Mackay

"I'm an incurable optimist, and I'm a great believer in never looking back. Life is too short, and new challenges are exciting." - Cherie Blair

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." - Winston Churchill

"I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after." - Cat Stevens

"Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people." - Tena Dease

"In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact." - Les Brown

"I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism." -Sylvester Stallone

Reasons To Be Optimistic

"Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success." - Shiv Khera

"Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out." - Jenn Proske

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." - Lyndon B. Johnson

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." - Helen Keller

"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one." - Hans Selye

"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success." -Joyce Brothers

"When you think positive, good things happen." - Matt Kemp

"I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we're all teachers - if we're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door." - Maria Gibbs


"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results." -Wade Boggs

"If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges." - Pat Riley

"When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple." - Paulo Coelho

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough." - Richard DeVos

Pessimism Vs. Optimism Quotes

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true." - James Branch Cabell

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses." -Alphonse Karr

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill

"Don't ever become a pessimist… a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events." - Robert A Heinlein

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." - Harry Truman

"The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh." - Tom Bodett

"It might interest you to know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist. The word 'pessimist' was not in our vocabulary at that time. It's a modern 'invention' which I believe we should 'dis-invent.' - Zig Ziglar

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." - Bill Vaughan

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." - Willie Nelson

"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind." - Joyce Meyer

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will." - Zig Ziglar

Put It Into Play In Your Life

Changing your way of thinking is a choice, but it isn't an easy one. Thinking patterns develop over time and take strength to change. When you can't simply choose optimism, reaching out to a professional therapist is a good way to get started on the path to changing your thinking. At BetterHelp, you can message your therapist 24/7, get responses within 24 hours, and even schedule phone and video sessions, no matter where you're located.

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