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1. the doctrine of the ultimate triumph of good over evil
2. the philosophical doctrine that this is the best of all possible worlds


See also Hope.
Bontemps, Roger
personification of cheery contentment. [Fr. Lit.: “Roger Bontemps” in Walsh Modern, 66]
beset by inconceivable misfortunes, hero indifferently shrugs them off. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
Micawber, Mr.
sanguine gentleman, constantly “waiting for something to turn up.” [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield
Pangloss, Dr.
Candide’s incurably optimistic tutor. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
always finds something to be glad about. [Am. Lit.: Pollyanna; Am. Cinema: Pollyanna in Disney Films, 170–172]


What a programmer is full of after fixing the last bug and just before actually discovering the *next* last bug. Fred Brooks's book "The Mythical Man-Month" contains the following paragraph that describes this extremely well.

All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy god-mothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: "This time it will surely run," or "I just found the last bug.".

See also Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology.
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Unsurprisingly, the first three places were taken by recent Optimist National Champions, who were still small enough to fit into the boats and remember how to sail them.
All four classes produced clear winners with 16 year old Zakariya al Wahabi, two times former national Optimist champion, domA[degrees] inating the Laser 4.
All four classes produced clear winners with 16-year old Zakariya Suleiman al-Wahabi, two times former national Optimist champion dominating the Laser 4.
And thanks to the SUCCESS Foundation, the Mount Hebron Dreamkeepers Optimist Club in Lesslie, South Carolina, has positively impacted the lives of more than 200 area youths with the SUCCESS for Teens personal-development curriculum and its key book, SUCCESS for Teens: Real Teens Talk about Using the Slight Edge.
Optimists are also less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or smoke.
Durant noted that officers were investigating issues at the Paris Optimist Skateboard Park, with drug charge laid and suspects identified in connection with acts of vandalism at the park.
Participants were asked to report on the level of stress they perceived in their day-to-day lives, and self-identify along a continuum as optimists or pessimists.
com)-- Before trying to conquer any of your New Year's resolutions, becoming an optimist should be your first and most important new choice for 2013, says Dr.
EIGHTEEN youngsters took to the water for an Optimist training weekend at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club.
According to the research, optimists also are more flexible in the way they handle difficult situations.
He added that these uncertain situations naturally favour optimists because they will perform better.
Optimists are generally more efficient in their job searches.

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