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I’m optimistic that I’ll get into a good college.
  expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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  • I’m optimistic that I’ll get into a good college.
  • She keeps telling me her chances of dying in a car accident are 1 in 112, but I keep telling her that’s too optimistic if she drinks while intoxicated.
  • Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
    Colin Powell
  • The sunshine was delicious, and a gentle optimism seemed to steal over him.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Vanished Messenger

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  • He admired her courage, her optimism, her impudent defiance of fate...
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Her cheerfulness and optimism, even in times of sickness, was the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • At the time, I already had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but I was optimistic.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Voltaire’s men and women point his case against optimism by starting high and falling low.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • "I," says Prat, "am an optimist."
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • They instilled in their children and grandchildren that same love of country and a spirit of optimism.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe

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  • I wish that everyone could see the world from my perspective; I believe that more people would be optimistic about our future.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Or I could leave it as an optimist and hope for the best.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • These optimistic speeches, which no one believed, helped to pass the time.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Nilda wasn’t optimistic about his plan.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • It’s pretty optimistic thinking on my part.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • I did not yet understand how foolish, how optimistic, how, yes, just like Nick I was for thinking this.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • For now I would just be optimistic that someone was responding.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I imagine using red for your passion and pale blue for your kindness; forest green to reflect the depth of your empathy and bright yellow for your unflagging optimism.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Kriss is almost too optimistic.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • The expression on his face was one of disbelief, almost as if he was optimistic.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "That’s optimistic," said Isabelle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The brain is a fragile instrument and we may not know for a few weeks what specific regions have been affected, but young people are so very resilient and right now her neurologists are quite optimistic.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • But my father is an optimistic man and never deterred by practicalities.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Even Olive, eternally optimistic Olive, shook her head at that.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I could sign up for a class at the gun range, the optimistic part of me would think.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Fellow prisoners, offended, sniffed that I must he feeling "some kind of way," as I was not my usual optimistic self.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I was optimistic about what our evidence might accomplish in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Travis didn’t know whom to believe, but he chose to live his days on the side of the optimists.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I was very thoughtful for the balance of the day, and there were moments when I wondered if my hopes of gaining the confidence of the wolves might not be overly optimistic.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I thanked her for her very optimistic wishes for my health, and said I would let her know when I was ready.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Thank you for the optimism.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • This was disappointing, as some small, optimistic part of me had still hoped we might make it there.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Nevertheless, with our goal in sight, my usual optimism was returning.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Daisy admired Polina’s optimism.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Reynie decided not to look at Constance; his optimism had been spoiled enough.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Still, he was an eternal optimist, so he kept the great cage of the fifth level always in readiness.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Phoebe whispered, "I am not too optimistic about the possibilities of this meal."
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • I don’t want to hear your optimism about this land of possibility when I see no proof!"
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • She was astonished by their optimism and their joy in living, despite everything they had been through.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • It was not the same as being the respected craftsman he had been before the war, but he did the best he could and continued to feel optimistic.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I don’t share her optimism.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • She was beautiful, smart, funny, and optimistic, and at first, I had a lot of trouble believing she wanted to have anything to do with me.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Even after the Brills moved in and their cluttery decorations choked the airy rooms, he remained serenely optimistic.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He has an optimistic certainty that she’s a good person at her core.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He also was optimistic that I would be able to compensate well with one arm in the future.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Still, Oscar maintained a sense of optimism.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Bernie was an optimist who needed proof that his philosophy of joy and the resurrection of the spirit was not the delusion of a grinning Pollyanna.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Along with personal messages were rumors about the world outside, each more wildly optimistic than the last.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Thank you, Chuckles," Liam cut in, "for that rousing burst of optimism."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • People in our position move rapidly from depression to optimism and back down again.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
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Associated words [difficulty]:   optimistic [1] , pessimistic [2] , optimal [5] , suboptimal [9]
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