Is the glass half full or half empty? This classic question is often used to determine an individuals positive or negative mindset. Of course, the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders have some level of unshakeable optimism about the future.

However, inherent workplace challenges can drain the spirit. Customer complaints, low sales, or a difficult boss can leave you stressed and downtrodden.

But you can inject positivity into your work day. Here are some quotes that can help you push through tough times and offer hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Optimism Quotes

Positive people are more engaging employees.

Let’s begin with some simple yet powerful quotes about optimism.

  • Take a breather today. Watch the sun come up. Take a walk.
  • Do one thing every day that brings you joy.
  • Two words: you’re great! You really are!
  • You can do it! It’s all in your mind.
  • This is a challenging time period. This is when you get stronger.
  • Tomorrow is another day. The sun will come out again.
  • To tell you honestly, there’s nothing you can’t do.
  • Always remember: it is hard to kill the human spirit.
  • Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re absolutely right.
  • Failures are not true failures. They are the stepping stones to success.
  • Don’t say you failed. Rather, say that you learned something.
  • Don’t be afraid about failing because failing is okay.
  • Always be positive. You’ll never know what you’re going to get the next day.
  • It’s not about what happened to you. It’s about what are you going to do about it.
  • Always live your life with passion and purpose.
  • Remember, it’s the optimist that wins. Always!
  • Believe in yourself. Be the best of who you are.
  • “The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” ― James Branch Cabell
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”― Oscar Wilde

Optimism Quotes for Work

Work can be challenging. Here are some quotes that help you push ahead.

  • Unleash the drive in you so you’ll be the best at work.
  • All your dreams and aspiration can be accomplished if you put your mind to them.
  • Quitters never win. So stay positive—in time, you’ll be a winner.
  • Do your best at the present. Don’t suffer the past or try to exist in the future.
  • You’re the CEO of your life. It’s all up to you how to run your personal business called life.
  • Negative thoughts can hinder your efficiency and productivity.

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  • If the boss says nothing to you, it usually means you’re doing just fine.
  • Relax! Efficiency and excellence happen when you’re relaxed.
  • Be positive and passionate at your work, and you’ll never work one day of your life.
  • All great things in life require great work.
  • Do you know that the harder or smarter you work, the luckier you get?
  • No matter how difficult the problem is, there’s always a solution.
  • Think of problems as opportunities for you to learn and shine.
  • “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” ― Cassandra Clare
  • “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” ― Roy Bennett

Optimism Quotes for Students

Students have a lot to look forward to. These exciting quotes encourage students to study hard and set their sights for a bright future.

  • Your teachers can only do so much. The real work is up to you.
  • Make your teachers your inspiration so that you’d become the best version of yourself.
  • Learn and learn more. Enriching your knowledge is one of life’s best investments.
  • Today is the best time for you to get ready for the future.
  • Learning never ends. You might as well get used to it while you’re a student.
  • College was the best time in my life. I learned a lot, got wild, had fun with friends, and tasted real life.
  • Do good as a student. It’s your prep-up period for real life.
  • Be happy you’re still a student. You get a chance to study the real world.
  • Good, responsible, and intelligent students are the future of the world.
  • Be grateful. Not everyone has a chance to study at a university.
  • A failing grade is not the end. You can always work back your way to the top.
  • When something bad happens to you, try to see the good that may come out of it.
  • There’s no such thing as failure. There are only lessons.
  • “Don’t let your failures define you—let them teach you.” Barack Obama
  • “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy Bennett

Quotes about Optimism and Hope


Another day. Another set of opportunities.

Positive thoughts can bring happiness, satisfaction, and even hope when storm clouds appear on the horizon.

  • As long as you draw breath in your nostrils, you can accomplish what you dream.
  • Come to think of it, only quitters lose.
  • Optimism is the road to being a winner.
  • People may say you can’t do it. Well, this is your chance to prove them wrong.
  • Success doesn’t come in a golden bowl. It comes with grit, determination, and a positive attitude.
  • Positivity is contagious. Always hang out with positive people.
  • Always remember that the universe is working so you could get what you want.

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  • Focus all your energy on positivity.
  • Successful people can because they believe they can.
  • Problems and challenges make you strong, creative, and analytical.
  • Always dwell on the beauty of life.
  • Make optimism a way of life. You’d be surprised at how capable you are.
  • Bury negativity. There’s too much negativity in the world today.
  • “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr
  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein

Optimistic Quotes for Hard Times

  • Problems will always come. By default, you are built to overcome those problems.
  • The person who says he can do it will be able to do it amidst all odds.
  • Great men displayed grit during hard times. That’s why they’re great.
  • Twenty-four hours in a day with 8 spent sleeping. You have 16 hours each day to accomplish your goals!
  • Have faith in yourself. You will only fail if you let yourself do so.
  • To be successful is a decision. To fail is also a decision.
  • Hard times make strong men. Easy times make weak men.
  • After the rain comes sunshine. That’s the same with life.
  • No matter what happens during these hard times, always remember that you did your best.
  • Hard times don’t last. Courage, brave, and positivity do.
  • Be thankful for hard times. They make you strong, and they don’t last forever.
  • If you notice, most successful people crawled through hard times.
  • Hard times are important in your journey to success.
  • “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”― Roy Bennett

Optimistic Quotes about the Future

The future is bright if you stay positive and hopeful.

  • Can’t stop thinking about it? Then work on it.
  • Never compare yourself with others. You have your own journey.
  • Make yourself so busy you don’t have time for negativity.
  • Failures don’t define you. What defines you is how you stand after you fail.
  • The future is clear and bright if you have a plan.
  • Planning for your goals is a journey half done.’

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  • Do what you have to do. 20 years from now, you’d regret you didn’t do it before.
  • The future is not bleak. It’s full of hope, brightness, and positivity.
  • The future is what you make out of it. Make it a good one.
  • Be with people who will help catapult your dreams.
  • Strive for authenticity and development, not for perfection.
  • When the world is quiet, your voice becomes powerful and poignant.
  • Don’t worry if you start small. Remember, a mighty tree grew from a seed.
  • “The future is completely open, and we are writing it a moment to moment.” – Pema Chodron
  • “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.” – Nelson Mandela

Optimistic Slogans

Smile while you work.

Use these slogans to make your business establishment a haven for positivity.

  • Optimism helps you through hard times.
  • Giving you a 10 out of 10.
  • Positive mind conditioning.
  • We make you believe in yourself!
  • The positive place.
  • Has God ever not provided for you?
  • Write down 5 things you’re thankful for today.
  • Inspiring you to your full potential.
  • How far you can go is limitless.
  • The world is not going back to the Stone Age. We will continue to progress.
  • You have infinite potential.
  • What is a life challenge you conquered?
  • Harness your power.
  • These are challenging times. But there’s plenty of opportunity too.
  • Dreams come true here.
  • We strengthen your heart and mind.
  • You have the power.
  • Be the hero to yourself and the world.
  • You’re a problem solver! You can crush any challenge.

How can positive thinking benefit you?

Do you know that being an optimist gives you a lot of tangible benefits? Here are a few of them.

  • Research has shown that having positive thoughts boosts the immune system. Negative thoughts, on the other hand, can weaken the immune response over time.
  • Positive thinking has a beneficial impact on your well-being as well as your mental and physical health. It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, slows down aging, and lengthen lifespans. You might even feel better too.
  • People who have a positive outlook in life are calmer, more pleasing, and more sociable than pessimists.
  • You can cope with stress better. You’re more likely to remain calm and focused.
  • In the workplace, positive thoughts can increase productivity, efficiency, job satisfaction and even help you get promoted.

Some things I’ve done in the past to improve my personal mindset is to think positive thoughts before I go to bed. I think this approach helps me get better sleep and get a more restful night sleep. I also pray before I go to sleep and think about all the things I have to be thankful for. I have a job, my family is healthy, and I’m making strides to reach my goals. These are all examples of things that make me believe the future is bright.

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