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Political Leaders on Optimism

“There is no country on earth that prospers without optimism”

President Donald Trump

"We are advancing with unbridled optimism and lifting our citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed very, very high."

in State of the Union Address February 2020

President Bill Clinton

“I am the ultimate optimist: I always see the glass as half full”

Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of Slovakia

"I'm a very optimistic person"

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK

 "I have always been deeply optimistic about the potential of technology to make the world a better place. If we get this right, future generations will look back on climate change as a problem that we solved by determined global action and the prowess of technology."

Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, Government of Australia

"Optimism is the indispensable element to success. It may not guarantee success as hard work and planning also have to be involved.  But the absence of it will almost always prevent success"

Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Australia

"I’m optimistic because I spend time with many passionate, intelligent and resilient young Australians in our regions who want to make a difference in their own communities." 

See https://australianleadership.blogspot.com/2019/03/darren-chester-if-anyone-asks-what-time.html

Senator David Van, Australian Senate

"I am optimistic because I see how resilient the Australian people are. We live in a tough environment that throws extreme challenges at our people & they always rise to the challenge, help each out & move on. Australians are a remarkable people."

Craig Ondarchie MLC, Victorian Parliament

"Optimism is brave. I think optimism is the opportunity to shape reality. I think optimists probably have more disappointment than other people, but they get the opportunity to create opportunity. They get the opportunity to create happiness."

More from Craig Ondarchie

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

  • "At the best of times and the worst of times I'm always optimistic."
  • "I think Australians can be optimistic . I'm certainly optimistic, it's my natural disposition. But it's important for Australians to be optimistic"

President Tsai Ing-wen, Republic of China on Taiwan

"We will face the future with optimism and overcome challenges with determination."

James Marape, Prime Minister, Papua New Guinea

“You have to be optimistic in life to achieve success. You can’t be successful without optimism.”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his "Decálogo para salir del coronavirus y enfrentar la nueva realidad"

"Let us act with optimism. A good mood helps us better face adversities."

"Actuemos con optimismo. El buen estado de ánimo ayuda a enfrentar mejor las adversidades."

CoronaVirus Through the Lens of an Optimist


Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

"It's always best to keep an optimistic outlook. Because pessimism doesn't get you anywhere"

Joe Biden, former American Vice President

“There is overwhelming reason to be optimistic.”

The Honourable Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Australia

"Serving the people living in the regions is what keeps me #optimistic, even in the toughest of days. These people have put their trust in me to fight & deliver for our local communities, and I will always speak up for them loudly"


Ridwan Kamil,  Governor of West Java

"Optimism is the reason to live, the reason to get up in the morning. Optimism is looking forward to a bright future, a better future for all."

Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor, City of Toledo, Ohio

“I’m not sure if I have the “Character of the Happy Warrior” that William Wordsworth wrote about so many years ago. I just know it’s easier to lead people when you do so with a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye.”

Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Opposition, Australia

"I’m optimistic about the future. Provided we get the policy settings right."

on "Jobs and the Future of Work" October 2019

Bill Shorten, former leader of the opposition, Australia

"I'm optimistic about our nation's future because this country has so much going for us: a continent to call our own, next to the fastest-growing economies in the world, and the resources to be an energy superpower."

April 2019 Hansard


IndonesianPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo

“A leader should convey ‪optimism and encourage his or her people, even though there are many difficult challenges.”

“There is no country on earth that prospers without optimism”


President Barack Obama

“We have to reject the notion that we’re suddenly gripped by forces that we cannot control. We’ve got to embrace the longer and more optimistic view of history and the part that we play in it.  If you are skeptical of such optimism, I will say something that may sound controversial. I used to say this to my staff in the White House, young interns who would come in, any group of young people that I met with, and that is that by just about every measure, America is better, and the world is better, than it was 50 years ago, 30 years ago, or even 10 years ago.”

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister

“I’m a fully paid up believer in the power of optimism in politics.”

Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia

"we should be optimistic and outward-looking, confident in the knowledge that our people are our greatest competitive advantage"

Jan 2019

Governor JB Pritzker, Illinois

I know I have a reputation for being a bit of an irrepressible optimist - something somewhat unusual among those who have held this job recently - but I believe that the cynics had their years in power and that the people of Illinois suffered because of them.

 Being a cynic is easy. 
 
Cynicism, after all, demands only that you believe in the worst and do nothing to stop it from happening.
 
It's optimism that's hard. Because optimism demands hope, and patience, and faith...and most importantly, action.

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Sue Doherty, Mayor of the City of South Perth

"Faith is the foundation for my optimism"

Cr Samantha McIntosh, Mayor  of Ballarat

"Optimism gifts us the potential to make nothing something and something wonderful."

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