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Because most artists are 'sensitive' in every sense of the word, if you don't take charge, negative emotion can ruin you. (Gaye Adams)

I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist. (Henry Brooks Adams)

Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist. (Robert G. Allen)

You can't expect to prevent negative feelings altogether. And you can't expect to experience positive feelings all the time. The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones. (Greg Anderson)

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. (Lucille Ball)

Negatives abound more than positives – and it is difficult not to get affected by it. (Lida van Bers)

Improve with each breath. Every negative vibration returns 10 fold. (Yogi Bhajan)

pessimism, n. A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile. (Ambrose Bierce)

optimist, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. A pessimist applied to God for relief. (Ambrose Bierce)

optimism, n. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious. (Ambrose Bierce)

-title of book, 1976...
The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank. (Erma Bombeck)

-on the Impressionists...
It was optimistic painting. And it was pleasant and charming, this world of light and atmosphere. (Richard J. Boyle)

After 5,000 years of recorded human history, you wonder, 'What part of 2,000,000 sunrises doesn't a pessimist understand?' (Robert Brault)

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. (Robert Brault)

I have always had a passion for the beautiful. If the man in me is often a pessimist, the artist, on the contrary, is pre-eminently an optimist. (Jules Breton)

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

The nice thing about being an empty-headed pessimist is that that your glass is only half air. (Benson Bruno)

The pessimist is the man who believes things couldn't be worse, to which the optimist replies, 'Oh yes they could'. (Vladimir Bukovsky)

Throughout that whole [difficult] time I painted frantically. Painting made me feel as if everything was okay and life was fine. (Bobbie Burgers)

You have the freedom to choose to be optimistic or pessimistic. You can peel off your old attitude like a suit of clothes, and put on a brand spanking new attitude every single day. It's as simple as that. (Rhonda Byrne)

-The Silver Stallion, 1926
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. (James Branch Cabell)

Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous. (Elias Canetti)

Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be. (George Carlin)

There are no optimistic or pessimistic personalities. There are only single, individual choices for optimistic or pessimistic thoughts. (Steve Chandler)

The current perception I get from the evening news is that the world is dominated by human failure, crime, catastrophe, corruption, and tragedy. We are all tuning in to see how the human mind is evolving, but the media keeps hammering home the opposite, that the human mind is mired in darkness and folly. (Deepak Chopra)

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. (Winston Churchill)

Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure. (Bill Clinton)

I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin. (Leonard Cohen)

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door. (Robert Collier)

To be successful, we have to be positive and pro-active. If you don't like what is happening to you, do something about it. (Nancy Smith Couick)

Our brain is continuously being shaped - we can take more responsibility for our own brain by cultivating positive influences. (Richard J. Davidson)

We have to dig deep and plumb our inner resources to keep positive and productive. This may mean finding new friends who aren't depressed, anxious artists. (Paul deMarrais)

Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive. (Bettie Eadie)

Oh happy pessimists! What a joy it is to them to be able to prove again and again that there is no joy. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. (George Eliot)

Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative. (T. S. Eliot)

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Something I've realized lately, to my shock, is that I am an optimist, in that I think humans are almost infinitely capable of self-change and self-modification, and that we really can build the future that we want if we're smart about it. (Brian Eno)

A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better. (Jean de La Fontaine)

Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism... Resist growing up! (B. C. Forbes)

If there were more love and optimism in the world, maybe artists wouldn't be so rare. (Nina Allen Freeman)

They come and say to me, 'Your optimism has brushed off on me. I didn't know we had an option. I feel so much better.' They say, 'Your optimism.' And I am not optimistic or pessimistic. I feel that optimism and pessimism are very unbalanced. (Buckminster Fuller)

I find nothing more depressing than optimism. (Paul Fussell)

The way of a creative mind is always positive, it always asserts; it does not know the doubts which are so characteristic of the scientific mind. (Naum Gabo)

Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviours. Keep your behaviours positive, because your behaviours become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Optimism and pessimism come together in an attitude known as mindfulness. It borrows the best from each attitude. (Laurie Garver)

My optimism and confidence come not from feeling I'm luckier than other mortals, and they sure don't come from visualizing victory. They're the result of a lifetime spent visualizing defeat and figuring out how to prevent it. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist. (Paul Harvey)

Make a party over your negative thoughts, assuring them that they are the safest, the most cautious, company you have ever kept. At first they will swallow your flattery, but then suddenly, stricken with shame, and knowing themselves for the impostors they are, out and off they will go. (Henry S. Haskins)

Worse news follows bad news follows pessimism. (Anthony Mars Jenkins)

One of the major biases in risky decision making is optimism. Optimism is a source of high-risk thinking. (Daniel Kahneman)

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. (Helen Keller)

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. (Helen Keller)

Positive wish: 'The sun will come out tomorrow.' Negative reality: 'Yeah, and it will flash brand-new daylight on the same old mess unless something is done to clean it up.' (Bob Knight)

There's too much negativity in the world. Staying positive is a better investment. (Mark Kostabi)

Optimism is the opium of the people. (Milan Kundera)

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. (Jack Layton)

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. (Sam Lefkowitz)

Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. (Harvey Mackay)

Chronic negative thinking and the emotions it invokes is, like many destructive behaviors, a form of addiction... it may not be very pleasant, but it's familiar. (Lauren Mackler)

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power. (Shirley MacLaine)

Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. (Nelson Mandela)

Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action. (Steve Maraboli)

Optimism is self-delusion. (Francis McCrossan)

I'm a confirmed negaholic. I don't just see a glass that's half full and call it half-empty; I see a glass that's completely full and worry that someone's going to tip it over. (Peter McWilliams)

Nothing is more harmful to a positive creative attitude than fears, uncertainties, and doubts... (Michael Michalko)

Step into today with positive intent and don't look back. (Minna)

One way to keep positive is to get involved on some level with other visual artists. (Alfred Muma)

I'm a pessimist about probabilities; I'm an optimist about possibilities. (Lewis Mumford)

In my last year of school, I was voted Class Optimist and Class Pessimist. Looking back, I realize I was only half right. (Jack Nicholson)

If you're a pessimist who really thinks through in detail what might go wrong, that's a strategy that's likely to work very well for you. (Julie Norem)

Optimism and pessimism are very complex attitudes that worm and wriggle this way and that as the occasion demands. Thank goodness they do, or our ignorance would overwhelm us. (Charles Nunnelly)

I am so far from being a pessimist...on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life. (Eugene O'Neill)

Actors have to stay optimistic. The moment we start thinking otherwise, we're dead. (Peter O'Toole)

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. (Robert Oppenheimer)

That nagging doubt slips in at times... but each year I become a better painter and each year I have more fun doing it. (Penny Otwell)

Find the best in everybody. (Randy Pausch)

Dwelling on negative thoughts is like fertilizing weeds. (Norman Vincent Peale)

As creators it is imperative to keep your own council, and choose friends who can be uplifting in general, not only about art. Choosing to be positive may not pay the bills directly, but it does free up energy so you can create things that do. (Haven Pfeil)

The most positive men are the most credulous. (Alexander Pope)

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. (Colin Powell)

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. (Joan Rivers)

When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic. (Carl Rogers)

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer. (Will Rogers)

We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and the weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value. (Jim Rohn)

We may seem insignificantly small, but we exist. So I remain optimistic. (James Rosenquist)

In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning. (Carl Sandburg)

The phrase 'I can't' is the most powerful force of negation in the human psyche. (Paul R. Scheele)

Optimism is an intellectual choice. (Diana Schneider)

Well, you know, I'm the forever optimist. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Optimism is a tool with a certain clear set of benefits: it fights depression, it promotes achievement and produces better health. (Martin Seligman)

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. (Dr. Seuss)

I have a microphone on one ankle and an ankle bracelet on the other, so I'm well balanced today. (Martha Stewart)

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism. (Twyla Tharp)

Optimism is the only quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. (Brian Tracy)

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. (Harry S. Truman)

The courage to work with ourselves comes as basic trust in ourselves, as a sort of fundamental optimism. (Chogyam Trungpa)

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. (Mark Twain)

The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. (Mark Twain)

Be optimistic: It's the best droop therapy. (Frank Tyger)

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty. (Samuel Ullman)

If you think you'll lose, you're lost / For out in the world we find / Success begins with a fellow's will; / It's all in the state of mind! (Author unknown)

Assume an attitude of positive expectancy! (Author unknown)

A pessimist is an optimist with experience. (Author unknown)

Always borrow money from a pessimist. They don't expect to be paid back. (Author unknown)

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. (Author unknown)

Men's thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity... You need not. You can crash through... wherever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. (Voltaire)

Virtually nothing on earth can stop a person with a positive attitude who has his goal clearly in sight. (Denis Waitley)

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. (William Arthur Ward)

Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible. (William Arthur Ward)

If remaining positive takes more work, it's worth the effort. Life is too short and none of us knows how long we have on this earth. (Janet Warrick)

The basis of optimism is sheer terror. (Oscar Wilde)

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. (Oscar Wilde)

Write the bad things that are done to you in the sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. (Arabian wisdom)

Just think of any negativity that comes to you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Be up-beat, not beat-up. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

I always expect the worst from this evil and wicked world and am often pleasantly surprised when the worst does not come to pass, but never or rarely surprised or upset when it does. (Semir Zeki)

Surround yourself with optimistic people. (Zig Ziglar)

An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him. (Zig Ziglar)