Dreamers are almost always optimists. A pessimist—someone who sees only negative possibilities—believes that nothing good is likely to happen. But dreamers believe that nothing is too good to be true. They live with excitement, because their dreams help generate it. My mother was a dreamer: She saw romance and poetry in everything. I remember one foggy night on a Hudson River ferryboat when she spent half an hour trying to make me see and feel the thrill and mystery of great ships passing one another in the darkness, lights glowing dimly, whistles bellowing hoarsely. And I guess she succeeded, because after all these years I remember it still.
~ Norman Vincent Peale, Power of the Plus Factor