„A society can be Pareto optimal and still perfectly disgusting.“

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„Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.“

—  Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Source: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

„The price-tax conditions necessary to sustain the Pareto optimality of a competitive market solution under the assumed convexity conditions are tantamount to standard Pigovian rules, with neither taxes imposed upon, nor compensation paid to, the victims of externalities.“

—  William J. Baumol American economist 1922 - 2017

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„I still believe there are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.“

—  Stephen Hawking, book A Brief History of Time

Ch. 11
A Brief History of Time (1988)
Context: As I shall describe, the prospects for finding such a theory seem to be much better now because we know so much more about the universe. But we must beware of overconfidence - we have had false dawns before! At the beginning of this century, for example, it was thought that everything could be explained in terms of the properties of continuous matter, such as elasticity and heat conduction. The discovery of atomic structure and the uncertainty principle put an emphatic end to that. Then again, in 1928, physicist and Nobel Prize winner Max Born told a group of visitors to Gottingen University, "Physics, as we know it, will be over in six months." His confidence was based on the recent discovery by Dirac of the equation that governed the electron. It was thought that a similar equation would govern the proton, which was the only other particle known at the time, and that would be the end of theoretical physics. However, the discovery of the neutron and of nuclear forces knocked that one on the head too. Having said this, I still believe there are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.

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„Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.“

—  Helen Keller, book Optimism

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Variant: Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement

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„Ultimately, optimism is the exercise of faith. It is believing that what is invisible, what seems impossible, or what seems to be too daunting, can actually be.“

—  Don Soderquist 1934 - 2016

Don Soderquist “ Live Learn Lead to Make a Difference https://books.google.com/books?id=s0q7mZf9oDkC&lpg=pg=PP1&dq=Don%20Soderquist&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false, Thomas Nelson, April 2006 p. 49.
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„Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.“

—  Lucille Ball American actress and businesswoman 1911 - 1989

Variant: It doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optismism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself

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„Optimism is true moral courage.“

—  Ernest Shackleton Anglo-Irish polar explorer 1874 - 1922

Quoted in South with Shackleton (1949) by L. D. A. Hussey; also in The National Geographic Magazine (1998), Vol. 194, p. 90 https://books.google.com/books?id=RflKAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Optimism+is+true+moral+courage%22&dq=%22Optimism+is+true+moral+courage%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uPISVYCTK8_loAT_kYDIBw&ved=0CNABEOgBMCA

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„People say that you should not micro-optimize. But if what you love is micro-optimization… that's what you should do.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969

2010s, Audience Q&A following interview panel at Aalto University Center, 2012

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„Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.“

—  Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937

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„Find optimism in the inevitable.“

—  Rem Koolhaas Dutch architect (b.1944) 1944

From the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/03/arts/design/03kool.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=Rem+Koolhaas&st=nyt&oref=slogin article on Koolhaas and Dubai appearing March 3rd, 2008. Available here:

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