optimism

A Quote by Antoine R. Ivins on belief, difficulty, effort, faith, future, god, nature, needs, optimism, order, pessimism, purpose, time, and work

This is a time when we need faith, faith of a very definite and positive nature, the faith that will lead us to optimism. I believe that pessimism grows out of a lack of faith, and that if we have the right type of faith, we will be optimistic about the future. It may be true that the immediate future may have difficulties for us, but I feel that out of it all will grow a realization of the purposes of God. And it should be our purpose to develop and maintain in our hearts, if we can, faith in God and in the ultimate consummation of his purposes - a faith that will unite us in a solid, coherent group. We must, of course, in order to do that, develop faith in each other. Without that faith we are not likely to go far in promoting the work of the Lord. If we could properly unite our efforts, all of our temporal difficulties could be overcome, I am sure. If and when we overcome, it will be only because we unite in our purpose through faith in each other.

Antoine R. Ivins (1881 - 1967)

Source: Conference Report, October 1950, p. 53.

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on optimism

RAILROAD, n. The chief of many mechanical devices enabling us to get away from where we are to where we are no better off. The railroad is held in highest favor by the optimist, for it permits him to make the transit with great expedition.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on force, hope, optimism, pessimism, and philosophy

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 (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on belief, good, optimism, and ugliness

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 (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on god, optimism, and pessimism

OPTIMIST, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. A pessimist applied to God for relief.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on history, observation, optimism, pessimism, philosophy, and world

I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: AutobiographicaI note written for a French translation of his poems

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