Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.
Hope is the Word which God has written on the brow of every man.
Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.
They’ve been stepping on my toes for years. It’s just a reason to get new boots.
Life’s true gift is the capacity to enjoy enjoyment.
If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?
I am an optimist… I choose to be. There is a lot of darkness in our world, there is a lot of pain and you can choose to see that or you can choose to see the joy. If you try to respond positively to the world, you will spend your time better.
Just us fancy wise-men trying to take on the world.
Fritz had to stop himself from interrupting when Karl spoke about the difficulty of working. Stories are just as hard as clocks to put together, and they can go wrong just as easily–as we shall soon see with Fritz’s own story in a page or two. Still, Fritz was an optimist, and Karl was a...
With the right Mindset…effective thinking is automatic.
Don’t bring me the stars from the sky,I’m planting sunshine in my backyard.
Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.
When I am passing through hell, I have to remind myself of the last time I happened to be on that road. How quickly it was over, without any ingenuity on my part. After all, hell is a one-way street. The only direction forward is the way out.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to...
All you can do is involve yourself totally in your own life, your own moment, Lonzi said. And when we feel pessimism crouching on our shoulders like a stinking vulture, he said, we banish it, we smother it with optimism. We want, and our want kills doom.
Every day we make the whole world new… Or else grow old.
Happiness isn’t expensive, it just costs your will…
I am no ecological Pollyana. I have borne, and will continue to bear, feelings of wholehearted melancholy over the ecological state of the earth. How could I not? How could anyone not? But I am unwilling to become a hand-wringing nihilist, as some environmental ‘realists’ seem to believe is the more mature posture. Instead, I...
When I look at the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes!
But there’s a whole world waiting, still, and there are good things in it.