Motivational Quotes from Eternal Optimists

Meet six people who look on the bright side of life, and find inspiration in their unique, motivational quotes.

Illustrations by Kagan McLeod from Reader's Digest Magazine
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    Motivational Quote from the Journalist

    "Find the joy. When you feel it, let it wash over you... take a moment to appreciate it. Be grateful for the people in your life, for waking up feeling good and pain free, and for the stretch of road ahead that's so full of possibilities. When you encounter bumps, keep going and don't look back."
    —Katie Couric, 55, broadcaster and author

    Motivational Quote from the Politician

    "Hope and faith. You have to have hope and faith... Long ways to go. Grateful to survive. I's frustrating. Mentally hard. Hard work. I'm trying. Trying so hard to get better. Regain what I've lost... I will get stronger. I will return."
    —Gabrielle Giffords, 42, former congresswoman from Arizona and author of, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

    Motivational Quote from the Principal

    "This city is not the 'diamond in the rough'; it is the actual diamond."
    —School principal Kenyetta Wilbourn, 36, carried an aluminum bat through the hallways of Detroit's Denby High when she started there in 2009. Now, while the neighborhood is still troubled, Wilbourn has transformed Denby into a clean, calm center of learning.

    Motivational Quote from the Sports Fan

    "No one knows more about optimism than a Cubs fan. After waiting 104 years, it's our optimism, and not the winning, that binds us together. We really do believe the next year will be the year."
    —Grant DePorter, 48, a Chicago restaurateur and leading Cubs fan, is sticking by the team, which last won the World Series in 1908

    Motivational Quote from the CEO

    "My view is that the core of Yahoo is incredibly valuable and a great platform to build on."
    —Marissa Mayer, 37, is the sixth CEO of the struggling Internet giant Yahoo in the past five years

    Motivational Quote from the Minister

    "If I didn't have spiritual faith, I would be a pessimist. But I'm an optimist. I've read the last page in the Bible. It's going to turn out all right."
    —Billy Graham, 94, Christian spiritual advisor

    Your Comments

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q1IUm4z21c Phaerisee

      Hurt people hurt people

      So if you are in a position where it is difficult or impossible to forgive in a traditional way, work toward helping hurt people  — this is especially good because Charity helps with Purity and Humility :)