An optimist is someone who tells you to cheer up when things are going his way.

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser–in case you thought that optimism is dead.

The optimist is the fellow who takes the cold-water thrown on his propostion, heats it with enthusiasm, makes steam and pushes ahead.

As you ramble on through life, brother

Whatever be your goal

Keep your eye upon the donut

And not upon the hole.

Opportunity is in the eye (mind) of the beholder. A particular situation viewed by one person is an obstacle; to another an opportunity.


A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he will feel worse when he feels better.

Your cannot weather a storm by storming at the weather.

The pessimist listens to the patter of little defeats.

The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist invents the parachute.

Pessimism has no future.

It is possible to be so positive that you can be positively wrong. — E.Stanley Jones

A pessimist sees the tunnel; an optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel; but a realist sees the tunnel, the light art the end of the tunnel, and the next tunnel.

Results come in proportion to enthusiasm invested. — David J. Schwartz

I’m only a cockeyed optimist. I am stuck like a dope with a thing called hope and I cant get it out of my head.

— Richard Rogers

No wise person will consider himself well dressed unless his mind is wearing a Positive Idea as a shield against the negative forces that will strike him before his workday begins. — Robert Schuller

Hope for the best and make the best of what you get.

Some murmur if their sky is clear and wholly bright to view,

If one small speck of dark appear in that great heaven of blue.

And some, with thankful love are filled If but one streak of light,

One ray of God’s good mercy, gild the darkness of their night. — R.C. Trench

Results come in proportion to enthusiasm invested. — David J. Schwartz

Be environment conscious. Just as body diet makes the body, mind diet makes the mind. — David J. Schwartz

Don’t let small thinking people hold you back. Jealous people want to see you stumble. Don’t give them the satisfaction. — David J. Schwartz

Develop a defense against people who want to convince you that you can’t do it. Accept negative advice only as a challenge.

— David J. Schwartz

The number one obstacle to high level success is the feeling that major accomplishment is beyond reach. — David J. Schwartz

Tests for a successful idea:

1) Is it practical and will it fill a vital human need?

2) Can it be done beautifully?

3) Can it be done differently enough so that it will stand out from all others?

4) Can it receive the stamp of excellence and be a little better than anything else that is being offered? — Robert Schuller

All we have to fear is fear itself. — Franklin D. Roosevelt