"Well," said Cynthia, dredging up a pinch of optimism from a miserable situation, "whoever mis-marked our trail back in the mine at least thought we'd crawl out of the earth and make it this far.
There'll be lots of vehicles, he added with more optimism than he felt.
Katie watched, her optimism fading.
God, the world, the soul, free will, immortality, optimism; What then is God?
Between optimism and pessimism is the theory of "meliorism," according to which the world on the whole makes progress in goodness.
Pessimism is naturally connected with materialist, optimism with idealist, views of life.
He also rejected the optimism of Leibnitz and Hegel, and placed the most irrational of wills at the base of the worst possible of worlds (see further Schopenhauer).
The truth of Nature is force; the truth of will is rational desire; the truth of life is neither the optimism of Leibnitz and Hegel, nor the pessimism of Schopenhauer and Hartmann, but the moderatism of Aristotle.
On music, hunting, expensive feasts and theatrical performances money was squandered, while, with unexampled optimism the pope was blind to the deadly earnestness of the times.
To most minds, however, which cherish such aspirations the gentler optimism of men like Emerson was more congenial.
Those writers did not share, could not be expected to share, the exuberant optimism of the early Buddhists.
The latter work is more perfunctory in execution and written for a wider public than his first history, but the narrative is dramatic and vivid, the portraiture is sympathetic, and the historical events are interpreted by the light of the rationalistic optimism of the later 18th century.
In point of fact, Schiller's genius lacks that universality which characterizes Goethe's; as a dramatist, a philosopher, an historian, and a lyric poet, he was the exponent of ideas which belong rather to the Europe of the period before the French Revolution than to our time; we look to his high principles of moral conduct, his noble idealism and optimism, rather as the ideal of an age that has passed away than as the expression of the more material ambitions of the modern world.
If you happen to live in the United States, as I do, optimism should be coursing through your very veins.
And yet, against all reason, starting in the 1970s our collective optimism faltered.
Such bold achievements are driven by the optimism that is the natural state of humanity, and among the most powerful forces on the planet.
Blind optimism is not, to be sure.
I hope that at this point, you share my optimism about the end of hunger.
Optimism, on the other hand, says, "There is a way."
Optimism says, "Let's get to work."
Optimism is empowering, uplifting, inspiring.
Optimism faces the world, hoping for the best.
Optimism, simply put, will save us all.
I love all writers whose minds, like Lowell's, bubble up in the sunshine of optimism--fountains of joy and good will, with occasionally a splash of anger and here and there a healing spray of sympathy and pity.