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  • 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 man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
    * Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • These are not dark days: these are great days--the greatest days our country has ever lived.
    * Sir Winston Churchill

  • I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.
    * Antonio Gramsci

  • 'Tis always morning somewhere in the world.
    * Richard Henry Horne

  • Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
    * James Russell Lowell

  • Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
    * Edgar Allan Poe

  • In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
    * Carl Sandburg

  • One day everything will be well, that is our hope.
    Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.
    * Voltaire

  • The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
    * Oscar Wilde

  • These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
    * Virginia Woolf