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Definition expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
  • I'm optimistic that I'll get into a good college.
optimistic = expecting the best
  • 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 drives after drinking too much.
  • optimistic = full of expectation of the best
  • 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
  • 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
  • optimism = tendency to expect and see the best in all things
  • These optimistic speeches, which no one believed, helped to pass the time.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • optimistic = upbeat (expecting the best)
  • At the time, I already had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but I was optimistic.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
  • I don't want to hear your optimism about this land of possibility when I see no proof!
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • optimism = expectation of good outcomes
  • But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • optimism = expectation that things would go well
  • Nilda wasn't optimistic about his plan.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • optimistic = expecting good results
  • 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
  • optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
  • They instilled in their children and grandchildren that same love of country and a spirit of optimism.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • optimism = a tendency to expect and see the best in all things
  • "I," says Prat, "am an optimist."
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • optimist = someone who expects the best; or who focuses on the good part of things
  • Or I could leave it as an optimist and hope for the best.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • optimist = someone who expects the best
  • Voltaire's men and women point his case against optimism by starting high and falling low.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • optimism = a tendency to expect and see the best in all things
  • I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don't think there is anything such as complete happiness.
    Rosa Parks
  • The soul refuses limits, and always affirms an Optimism, never a Pessimism.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • According to the form of belief desired, it is called vanity, optimism, or religion.
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • The baronet in his optimism had often laughed at the black gloves of this dismal attendant; but no one was likely to laugh at him just now.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Innocence Of Father Brown

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