Quotes: The Pollyanna

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best..."
—"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," Monty Python's Life of Brian

Things that bother you never bother me
I feel happy and fine! AHA!
Living in the sunlight,
Loving in the moonlight
Having a wonderful time!
Haven't got a lot,
I don't need a lot
Coffee's only a dime
Living in the sunlight,
Loving in the moonlight,
Having a wonderful time!
Tiny Tim, "Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight"

Some people might get some pleasure out of hate
Me, I've enough already on my plate
The Jam, "Going Underground"

Never met a man I didn't like
Never shook a hand I didn't like
Royal Prince of Wales or working Joe
Though I know life's one long rocky hike
Never met a man I didn't like
Barry Manilow, "Never Met a Man That I Didn't Like"

I like ev'rybody
That's my kind of fun
And tho' I strike ev'rybody
As chump Number one
No robber can rob
This good natural slob
Of his private sky of blue
I like everybody, and extra spec'lly
I like you
The Most Happy Fella, "I Like Everybody"

You may say I'm a fool
Feelin' the way that I do
You can call me Pollyanna
Say I'm crazy as a loon
I believe in silver linings
And that's why I believe in you

So it goes like it goes
Like the river flows
And time keeps rolling right on, oh
And maybe what's good gets a little bit better
And maybe what's bad gets gone
Dusty Springfield, "It Goes Like It Goes"

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Anne Frank

Kafuka Fuura: The world is filled with hope! Like I said, nobody would ever try to die on such a beautiful day.
Nozomu Itoshiki: There's one right here, next to you.
Kafuka: Nobody at all!

He remembered in Glinda's story that he had always been slow to see the negative, and it was comforting.
Narration of Zal thinking about himself, Chasing the Dragon

Sometimes life puts you in difficult circumstances you didn't choose, but being happy or unhappy is a choice you make, and I've choosen to make the best of things that I can.

What an impressive ability to overwrite his memory of losing his power and being forced to take the least wanted job in the Netherworld. This is another one of his formidable powers. He can convert any suffering he's been through into something positive.

I hope the sun is shining tomorrow... That would be reason enough to smile.
Valerie, while being defeated in battle, Pokémon X and Y

Real Life

Gotta have a little sadness once in a while so you know when the good times come... I'm waiting on the good times now.
Bob Ross shortly after his wife passed away

No, this isn’t a recent picture of Richard Simmons, but I like to imagine this is how he answered the door for the police officers who came by to check up on him to prove he was A-OK. “Dispatch, this is Officer Brown. I have received visual confirmation that Richard Simmons is still a vivacious elf. Over.”

Zooey Deschanel, the gingerbread lady cookie who was brought to life by a good witch who felt like the world needed more twee in it, has given birth and surprisingly she didn’t give birth to a crotchet Santa Claus doll that winks when you pull its right arm down...That is so like Zooey Deschanel. While everybody ends their marriage, she starts a new one. Getting divorced is so fucking mainstream right now. When all the famous hos get married in a few months, remind yourself that Zooey did it way before everybody else.

Fending off the most odious of bad Sundance vibes, Keanu Reeves spoke graciously about being pitched non-non-nonstop at the totally magnificent shindig...Mr. Reeves receives one pitch every five minutes at Sundance, half of which are for heinous Wes Craven pictures. Reeves himself, forever a stellar dude, spoke resplendently to Page Six about the non-non-unsolicited pitches:

"It's one of the great things about a film festival."

Once again Reeves calls to mind that most harmonious phrase: Be excellent to each other.