For the sorrowing every day is evil, for the joyous heart it is festival always.
—Proverbs 15:15 TJB
If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.
—John Heywood (1497–1580), English playwright and poet
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, and critic
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British orator, author, and prime minister during World War II
Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910), American humorist, writer, and lecturer
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
—Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), American author known for her children’s books, especially the classic Little Women
A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all—he’s walking on them.
—Leonard L. Levinson (1904–1974), American producer, writer, and director
Deep, solemn optimism, it seems to me, should spring from this firm belief in the presence of God in the individual; not a remote, unapproachable governor of the universe, but a God who is very near every one of us, who is present not only in earth, sea and sky, but also in every pure and noble impulse of our hearts.
—Helen Keller (1880–1968), American author and educator who was blind and deaf
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948), the preeminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
—Henri Matisse (1869–1954), French artist and sculptor
Happiness is what we make it. Some people are unbelievably cheerful in the midst of difficulty or obstacles; others bemoan the slightest inconvenience. Those who look for the upside of any trouble are the ones who come out ahead in quality of life, and the radiance of their positive attitude sheds light on the paths of others.
—Chloe West (b. 1947), American writer