An optimist and a pessimist were defined by a speaker at a meeting as follows: "An optimist is a man who sees a light that is not there, and a pessimist is the fool who tries to blow it out."
"Twixt optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll;
The optimist sees the donut
The pessimist the hole."—McWilson
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.—Anon.
Extreme optimists and extreme pessimists are usually wrong but the former have more fun being that way.—T. O. White, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette
Face the sun and all the shadows will fall behind you.
A pessimist complains because rose bushes have thorns. An optimist rejoices because thorn bushes have roses.
The Golden Age Club, an organization for persons over 60, has its phone number listed under "Youth Center."—Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, (UPI)
I rather like this definition by Grace Downs, who runs an air hostess school: "An optimist is a guy who figures when his shoes wear out he'll be back on his feet."
You cannot be optimistic with misty optics about spiritual things: you must have your vision clear and spiritual.
(Matt. 6. 22; 2 Pet. 1. 8, 9)
Optimism is Worry on a spree.—Judge.
An optimist is a man who doesn't care what happens just so is doesn't happen to him.
An optimist is the fellow who doesn't know what's coming to him.—J.J. O'Connell.
An optimist is a woman who thinks that everything is for the best, and that she is the best.—Judge.
A political optimist is a fellow who can make sweet, pink lemonade out of the bitter yellow fruit which his opponents hand him.
Mayor William S. Jordan, at a Democratic banquet in Jacksonville, said of optimism:
"Let us cultivate optimism and hopefulness. There is nothing like it. The optimistic man can see a bright side to everything—everything.
"A missionary in a slum once laid his hand on a man's shoulder and said:
"'Friend, do you hear the solemn ticking of that clock? Tick-tack; tick-tack. And oh, friend, do you know what day it inexorably and relentlessly brings nearer?"
"'Yes-pay day,' the other, an honest, optimistic workingman, replied."
A Scotsman who has a keen appreciation of the strong characteristics of his countrymen delights in the story of a druggist known both for his thrift and his philosophy.
Once he was aroused from a deep sleep by the ringing of his night bell. He went down to his little shop and sold a dose of rather nauseous medicine to a distressed customer.
"What profit do you make out of that?" grumbled his wife.
"A ha'penny," was the cheerful answer.
"And for that bit of money you'll lie awake maybe an hour," she said impatiently.
"Never grumble o'er that, woman," was his placid answer. "The dose will keep him awake all night. We must thank heaven we ha' the profit and none o' the pain o' this transaction."
A German shoemaker left the gas turned on in his shop one night and upon arriving in the morning struck a match to light it.
There was a terrific explosion, and the shoemaker was blown out through the door almost to the middle of the street.
A passer-by rushed to his assistance, and, after helping him to rise, inquired if he was injured.
The little German gazed at his place of business, which was now burning quite briskly, and said:
"No, I ain't hurt. But I got out shust in time, eh?"
My own hope is, a sun will pierce
The thickest cloud earth ever stretched;
That, after Last, returns the First,
Tho' a wide compass round be fetched;
That what began best, can't prove worst,
Nor what God blessed once, prove accursed.—Browning.
The day laborer was of a cheerful disposition that naturally inclined to seek out the good in every situation. He was a genuine optimist. Thus, after tramping the three miles from home to begin the day's work on the ditch, he discovered that he had been careless, and explained to a fellow laborer:
"I've gone and done it now! I left my lunch at home."
Then, suddenly he beamed happily, as he added:
"And it's a good thing I did, for the matter of that, because I left my teeth at home, too."
The optimist fell from the top story of a skyscraper. As he passed the fourth story, he was overheard muttering:
"So far, so good!"