Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.
— Rick Warren
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
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.
— Helen Keller
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
— Ann Landers
Among the humble and great alike, those who achieve success do so not because fate and circumstance are especially kind to them. Often the reverse is true. They succeed because they take whatever has been given to them and go on to make the most of their best.
— Sidney Greenberg
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Optimism enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in the character of the part he plays.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the biggest thing for me was just mentally believing I should win these tournaments.
— Lindsay Davenport
I’ve gotten a long way just on sheer optimism – taking jobs I was unqualified for, never believing I would fail at them because I’m optimistic to the point of being naïve. I was willing to try things I probably should have failed at and could have failed at but didn’t.
— Liz Dolan
You cannot achieve any goal if you have negative thoughts running through your head. You must have positive and, what might seem to others, bold thoughts.
— Gary Player
Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness and prosperity as often as possible.
— John Wooden
Twixt the optimist and the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist the doughnut sees,
The pessimist, the hole.
— McLandburgh Wilson
As a quarterback I have to be an optimist and live my life almost in denial. If I ever took a realistic look at some of the situations I’m faced with as an athlete, I would have to give up. The odds can sometimes be insurmountable. But as a quarterback, rather than looking at what kind of desperate situation I’m in, I try to look at how I will come through and win the game.
— Drew Bledsoe
People who succeed speak well of themselves to themselves.
— Laurie Beth Jones
I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position.
— Serena Williams
If you think you can’t do something, chances are you won’t be able to. Conversely, the power of positive thinking can turn an adverse situation into a prime opportunity for heroism.
— Tiger Woods
I had a vision I could succeed. You have to believe that you can succeed, believe that you can be whatever your heart desires and be willing to work for it.
— Oprah Winfrey
Pop’s positive outlook was crucial to his success, and mine. He taught me that feelings of gloom and doom, hatred or jealousy have no place in a productive life and that you should always strive to improve.
— Alan Simpson
Everyone wants to be around somebody who can bring cheer and humor to any situation, and optimistic people have a way of finding good things around every corner.
— Mary Lou Retton
I never lost the inherent belief that I could win and that I could beat anyone and everyone. It didn’t always translate into wins. What it did do was to always keep me in there.
— Jack Nicklaus
My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
— Michael Jordan
God didn’t put me on this earth to be a loser. I’m a winner.
— Sparky Anderson
Counter your negative thinking with optimistic thinking. This means developing a more optimistic attitude. Focus on the reasons you will succeed. Make a list of the reasons why you will play well.
— Patrick Cohn
The most handicapped person in the world is a negative thinker.
— Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1994, who is deaf
He who does not hope to win has already lost.
— José Olmedo
The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.
— George Shultz
Maintain an attitude of unconditional self-worth, free from self-criticism. You can agree that it is cruel and unnecessary to tell someone else, “You are really stupid – what a klutz – you should give up – you keep making the same mistakes – you’ll never be any good!” If you would never say those things to anyone else, why not pay yourself the same courtesy?
— Dan Millman
Always picture “success” no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
— Norman Vincent Peale
The possibility of losing never enters your mind. At least not in any of the good players I know.
— Ted Schroeder
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
— Joan Rivers
Don’t give up on proper thinking just because it doesn’t work one day.
— Tom Watson
If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
— Eddie Rickenbacker