"Literature is my Utopia."
"College isn't the place to go for ideas."
"Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas."
"The highest result of education is tolerance."
"No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it."
"It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good."
"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
"Happiness is the final and perfect fruit of obedience to the laws of life."
"A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships."
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light."
"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."
"The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.".
"The Bible gives me a deep, comforting sense that "things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal."
"No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."
"Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same."
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings."
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
"I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world."
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
"I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
"It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference."
"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal."
"To know the history of philosophy is to know that the highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists. The growth of philosophy is the story of man's spiritual life."
"Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee . . ."
"Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged."
"Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living."
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
"We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses...The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction."
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and every one, and make that Best a part of my life."
Compiled by Thomas George