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1. "Lately, a study has suggested that depressed people have a more accurate view of reality, though this accuracy is not worth a bean because it is depressing, and depressed people live shorter lives. Optimists and believers are happier and healthier in their unreal worlds."
Author: Anna Funder
2. "But the economic meltdown should have undone, once and for all, the idea of poverty as a personal shortcoming or dysfunctional state of mind. The lines at unemployment offices and churches offering free food includes strivers as well as slackers, habitual optimists as well as the chronically depressed. When and if the economy recovers we can never allow ourselves to forget how widespread our vulnerability is, how easy it is to spiral down toward destitution."
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
3. "Pessimistic" is a word for "realistic" that optimists use to make themselves feel better (about their unrealisticness)."
Author: Claire
4. "The library refused many downloads, of course, but I succeeded with two Optimists translated from the Late English, Orwell and Huxley;"
Author: David Mitchell
5. "A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists."
Author: Don Marquis
6. "Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?"
Author: Emil Cioran
7. "All programmers are optimists"
Author: Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
8. "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
9. "Stick with the optimists. It's going to be tough enough even if they're right."
Author: James Reston
10. "Shivers heaved out a sigh. "Just trying to make tomorrow that bit better than today is all. I'm one of those … you've got a word for it, don't you?""Idiots?"He looked sideways at her. "It was a different one I had in mind.""Optimists.""That's the one. I'm an optimist.""How's it working out for you?""Not great, but I keep hoping.""That's optimists. You bastards never learn."
Author: Joe Abercrombie
11. "In the 1970s, after the Damansky Island clashes, a joke began circulating: 'Optimists study English; pessimists study Chinese; and realists learn to use a Kalashnikov."
Author: John Vaillant
12. "Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
Author: Lewis Mumford
13. "Optimists move through life with a happy exterior. What happens on the inside shows up on the outside."
Author: Marilyn Suttle
14. "Optimists think badly, but live well."
Author: Marty Rubin
15. "The future remains an extension of the past. Cosmetic change makes times different, but people stay the same. We love, hate, dress more, dress less, kill, procreate, build and destroy. We often forget then get reminded of feelings we had forgotten; pessimists prefer the past experiences; optimists prefer the new ones. Whatever you feel about it, remember it will never last, so make the best out of it."
Author: Nael Gharzeddine
16. "Optimists, by contrast, look for specific, limited, short-term explanations for bad events, and as a result, in the face of a setback, they're more likely to pick themselves up and try again."
Author: Paul Tough
17. "Like all shopkeepers, they are deep-down optimists. They have to be, because every morning they unlock the doors to their stores, turn on the lights, prepare for the day, and wait for people to walk in and hand them money."
Author: Robert Spector
18. "Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present."
Author: Rudy Giuliani
19. "Optimists are people that can look back at tragedy and write a novel that makes every person a winner."
Author: Shannon L. Alder
20. "Most people are optimists, although they may claim they are not. People who call themselves realists are often the biggest optimists of all."
Author: Stephen King
21. "Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists."
Author: Thomas Friedman
22. "Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists."
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
23. "For optimists, human life never needs justification, no matter how much hurt piles up, because they can always tell themselves that things will get better. For pessimists, there is no amount of happiness—should such a thing as happiness even obtain for human beings except as a misconception—that can compensate us for life's hurt. As a worst-case example, a pessimist might refer to the hurt caused by some natural or human-made cataclysm. To adduce a hedonic counterpart to the horrors that attach to such cataclysms would require a degree of ingenuity from an optimist, but it could be done. And the reason it could be done, the reason for the eternal stalemate between optimists and pessimists, is that no possible formula can be established to measure proportions and types of hurt and happiness in the world. If such a formula could be established, then either pessimists or optimists would have to give in to their adversaries."
Author: Thomas Ligotti
24. "Optimists are those who go after Moby dick in a row boat with a bucket of tarter sauce."
Author: Zig Ziglar

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The thing that reinforces my belief about that is having worked the last four years with the Safe Kids Campaign on a national basis. I am so amazed at what these little kids do in keeping their parents alerted to what they are there for."
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