Top 175 Optimist Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Optimist Quotes from famous people such as Mark Twain, Eric Fellner, Mat Kearney, Michael Pollan, Ben Fogle, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
Mark Twain
I’m a blind optimist when going into things.
Eric Fellner
I’m painfully a realist but ruthlessly an optimist. I think maybe it’s because of my faith – I’ve always got the hope that there is something out there to make it all worthwhile.
Mat Kearney
I have had the good fortune to see how my articles have directly benefited some farmers and helped build markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development. That makes me a hopeless optimist.
Michael Pollan
Both my wife and I are optimists and we look at the positives in life.
Ben Fogle
By nature, I am not an optimist, though I try to act as if I am.
Howard Gardner
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
I have never met an intelligent optimist. That is not to say I think pessimism makes you intelligent, but I have always felt like an Old Testament Jeremiah or Cassandra from ancient Greece. I want to run down the streets warning people.
Howard Jacobson
I’m an optimist – very glass half-full.
Prue Leith
I’m an optimist by nature.
Jon Kyl
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
Director Jai Krishna is an optimist who has a never-say-die attitude. He has impressed me thoroughly with his faith in the industry. Not many are aware of the fact that this man had to wait for almost 30 years in this industry to direct ‘Vanmam,’ his first film.
Vijay Sethupathi
As for me, I’m an optimist.
Fei-Fei Li
In rising financial markets, the world is forever new. The bull or optimist has no eyes for past or present, but only for the future, where streams of revenue play in his imagination.
James Buchan
I am an optimist and my father was an optimist.
Shabana Azmi
I’m not a pessimist at all, but I’m not an optimist, either.
Nate Lowman
The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
Peter Ustinov
I am very fortunate. I am a glass-half-full eternal optimist type to the point of being a moron. But I would never presume to know how hard it goes for others. How, for some people, just getting though the day is an incredible effort that can hardly be borne.
John Niven
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
Jean de La Fontaine
I’m an optimist.
Danilo Gallinari
I do not propose to solve the Israeli-Palestine conflict. But I do think the world would be a vastly safer place – and maybe a happier one, too – if more of us learned to see beyond our biases, our preferences, and became optimists capable of letting go.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
I’ve gone through terrible periods of depression. But, at the core of my being, there’s a strange, out-of-place optimist. Despite what I’m feeling, I’m always able to get up and do my job. Which means the world to me.
Jenny Lewis
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 have friends who are very pessimistic. They say you can’t possibly be an optimist nowadays. But I think, taking the longer view, you can still be as optimistic as you want.
Edwin Morgan
I’m an eternal optimist. I’ve no regrets. I’ve people who love me. I’ve a wonderful life. I’m grateful for what I have.
Zeenat Aman
I’m the eternal optimist. That’s who I am.
John Dorsey
I think I probably hoped for it a little bit, but I’m not an optimist. I’m a realist… or maybe even a pessimist.
Clay Aiken
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
I am an optimist by nature and I reserve the right to be wrong.
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
I’m always an optimist.
Michael G. Rubin
I’m an optimist.
Ariel Sharon
I've got to confess I'm a pragmatic optimist myself.

I’ve got to confess I’m a pragmatic optimist myself.
Zig Ziglar
I refuse to use terms like ‘optimist’ or ‘pessimist’ and instead prefer ‘realist.’
David Petraeus
Sexism is alive and well! We were saying this forty years ago. I’m an optimist, so I like to think we’ve progressed in some ways – in Australia, we get equal pay.
Jacki Weaver
I may be an optimist.
Rebecca De Mornay
I am a natural optimist, as entrepreneurs tend to be.
Tulsi Tanti
A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are.
Chauncey Depew
Optimists don’t mind if you eavesdrop on them. They welcome it, in fact, because it helps them spread their fiendish gospel.
Florence King
I thought all my life that optimists and pessimists pass away the same way, so why be a pessimist?
Shimon Peres
I would say that Barack Obama has always been a real optimist about what can be accomplished. He believes that government can be used to create systemic, long-term, real change. And the first lady is more of a skeptic.
Jodi Kantor
I think a pessimist is just an optimist who has had their heart repeatedly broken.
Jon Richardson
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… the truly wise person is colorblind.
Albert Schweitzer
I’m absolutely an optimist. It’s the only way to get through life.
Ricky Schroder
I’m an optimist. You can’t be an entrepreneur if you’re not essentially an optimist, so I’m an optimist by nature.
John Sculley
I’m a huge optimist.
Cenk Uygur
Americans like optimists and shun ‘doomsayers.’
Tom Tancredo
As Americans, we have traditionally been the optimists sporting the ‘can-do’ attitude. But when it comes to addressing climate adaptation and resiliency, we seem to be more ‘can’t do’ than ‘can-do.’
Paul Tonko
I’m not a glass-half-full optimist. I’m a glass-overflowing optimist.
Marc Randolph
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
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
I am an optimist.
Piyush Goyal
An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.
George Jean Nathan
I’m a real optimist.
Barbara Sukowa
I find, when you’re an optimist, life has a funny way of looking after you.
Simon Sinek
Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists.
Thomas Friedman
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell
Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.
Lewis Mumford
Optimism is not inherently a superior way of viewing the world. Certainly doctors will say it might be better for one’s physical health to be an optimist. But, morally speaking it may not be appropriate in certain circumstances.
Todd Solondz
I am a huge optimist.
Tahir Raj Bhasin
Well, you know, I’m the forever optimist.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 am not an optimist. I’m a very serious possibilist. It’s a new category where we take emotion apart and we just work analytically with the world.
Hans Rosling
I was an optimist, a great champion of the human spirit

I was an optimist, a great champion of the human spirit. And I lost that for a time. I feel like I’ve regained a bit of that in the last few years but there was a period of my life in which I had a very low opinion of people in general.
Jude Law
They say in the Middle East a pessimist is simply an optimist with experience.
Ehud Barak
An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
Don Marquis
If I didn’t work in television or film, if I didn’t have the right look, I never took it personally. Because there was always the theatre. I’m not a nihilist, I’m an optimist. And that has served me well in this profession.
Kim Cattrall
I’m not an optimist. I’m a realist. And my reality is that we live in a multifaceted, multicultural world. And maybe once we stop labeling ourselves, then maybe everyone else will.
Octavia Spencer
Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.
Robert G. Allen
Ultimately, I’m an optimist.
Tim Sweeney
I’m an optimist about NAFTA merely being updated.
Anand Mahindra
The phenomenal thing that happened to me is that I was able to create two memorable men: one is the ultimate optimist, Rocky, and then you have Rambo, the ultimate pessimist. You’re going to always be remembered for them, no matter what you do.
Sylvester Stallone
I’m an optimist at heart.
Ben Falcone
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
Tom Bodett
Optimists – people who believe in Britain, who believe in democracy – they’re the people I believe who will vote for us to leave and take back control.
Michael Gove
I’m an optimist, and I’ll stay in situations for much longer than I should, just thinking that they’ll work themselves out.
Will Forte
Yet creeds mean very little, Coth answered the dark god, still speaking almost gently. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell
I’ve never been an optimist.
Joan Baez
I’m an optimist.
William Shatner
I’m an un-healable positive optimist.
Andre Rieu
I’m a technological optimist in that I do believe that technology will provide solutions that will allow the world in 2050 to support 9 billion people at an acceptable standard of living. But I’m a political pessimist in that I am concerned about whether the science will be appropriately applied.
Martin Rees