16 Optimistic quotes that will make you smile

It’s easy to focus on the negative things when things get tough, but sometimes what we need is a big dose of optimism.

Here are 16 quotes from books that are so beautifully optimistic that they will make you smile.

1. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

2. “Be brave, be curious, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.”
Stephen Hawking, Brief Answers to the Big Questions

3. “Life is too short to be anything but happy. So kiss slowly. Love deeply. Forgive quickly. Take chances and never have regrets. Forget the past but remember what it taught you.”
Abhishek Shukla, KISS Life “Life is what you make it”

4. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

5. “It’s funny how life works out sometimes. It’s funny how a terrible day can turn good, how hope can arise in the least expected of places.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

6. “In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant “now,” even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

7. “One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

8. “There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing — light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”
Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

9. “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 despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

10. “A smile puts you on the right track. A smile makes the world a beautiful place. When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

11. “Things are always better in the morning.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

12. “I was blind and heart broken and didn’t want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, ‘I have wonderful news!’ And I was like, ‘I don’t really want to hear wonderful news right now,’ and Gus said, ‘This is wonderful news you want to hear,’ and I asked him, ‘Fine, what is it?’ and he said, ‘You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!’”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

13. “He’ll have that scar forever.”
“Couldn’t you do something about it, Dumbledore?”
“Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

14. “Well, you can go on looking forward,” said Gandalf. “There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

15. “We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”

William Goldman, The Princess Bride

16. “It is the possibility that keeps me going, and though you may call me a dreamer or a fool or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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