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Origin of optimism
Examples from the Web for optimism
Whatever the future holds for Africa, optimism certainly abounds.
The optimism across the hemisphere was obvious, but many challenges remain.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers|Catalina Lobo-Guererro|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And one has to fight against that and create some haven for optimism.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miraculously, Malala survived, and her courage, wisdom, and optimism have continued to transfix and inspire the world.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the president also stressed the importance of hope and optimism.
As she turned her head all Peter's optimism fled, for Jane's eyes were red with weeping.The Jack-Knife Man|Ellis Parker Butler
The fingers of the blind spelled out its optimism and its selections at Hawthorne in Braille.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
Empty capacity is a contradiction in the opinion of Leibnitz, only inasmuch as it is opposed to optimism.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)|Jaime Luciano Balmes
Now no man has ever been known so to find life without some immediate cause, other than that of his environment, for his optimism.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini
Happiness is the voice of optimism, of faith, of simple, steadfast love.The Majesty of Calmness|William George Jordan
Word Origin for optimism
1759 (in translations of Voltaire), from French optimisme (1737), from Modern Latin optimum, used by Gottfried Leibniz (in "Théodicée," 1710) to mean "the greatest good," from Latin optimus "the best" (see optimum). The doctrine holds that the actual world is the "best of all possible worlds," in which the creator accomplishes the most good at the cost of the least evil.
En termes de l'art, il l'appelle la raison du meilleur ou plus savamment encore, et Theologiquement autant que Géométriquement, le systême de l'Optimum, ou l'Optimisme. [Mémoires de Trévoux, Feb. 1737]
Launched out of philosophical jargon and into currency by Voltaire's satire on it in "Candide." General sense of "belief that good ultimately will prevail in the world" first attested 1841 in Emerson; meaning "tendency to take a hopeful view of things" first recorded 1819 in Shelley.