Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaimīn [رحمه الله] said:
“It is only right that a person be optimistic, feeling happy about the good he sees [in things]; and he should not look at the life lying ahead of him in this world as dark and dismal so that he becomes weary [of life] and loses hope.”
[Sharḥ Riyaḍ Al-Ṣāliḥīn, (4/115-116) | Translated by Mika’il Ibn Mahboob Ariff]
I speak of a tragic optimism, that is, an optimism in the face of tragedy and in view of the human potential which at its best always allows for: (1) turning suffering into a human achievement and accomplishment; (2) deriving from guilt the opportunity to change oneself for the better; and (3) deriving from life’s transitoriness an incentive to take responsible action.
-Viktor Emil Frankl-