Pessimism Quotes

Most popular pessimism quotes

Don't partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.

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Pessimism never won any battle.
One must have the courage of one's pessimism.
No one really knows enough to be a pessimist.
To believe a thing impossible is to make it so.
— French proverb

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I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.
The only "ism" that has justified itself is pessimism.
Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege.

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A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.

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Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.

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A pessimist is a person who has not had enough experience to be a cynic.
All the pessimists in world history together are nothing against reality.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
— Chinese proverb

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A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.

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Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have no time for the pitiful.

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The optimist is the kind of person who believes a housefly is looking for a way out.

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The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
— Chinese proverb

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An optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds. A pessimist fears the same may be true.

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Our motto is still alive and to the point: Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.

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If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.
An optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds.  A pessimist fears the same may be true.

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The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.

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The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns, the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

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The optimist already sees the scar over the wound; the pessimist still sees the wound underneath the scar.

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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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A pessimist looks at his glass and says it is half empty; an optimist looks at it and says it is half full.

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The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

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The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.

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'Twixt optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist, the hole.

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An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

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The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.

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A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

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No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.
Let us never give in to pessimism, to that bitterness that the Devil offers us every day. Do not give in to pessimism and discouragement.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind.

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A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all—he's walking on them.

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Pessimism (or rather what is called such) is, in brief, playing the sure game.  You cannot lose at all; you may gain.  It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed.
Eradicate the optimist
who takes the easy view
that human values will persist
no matter what we do.
Annihilate the pessimist
whose ineffectual cry
is that the goal's already missed
however hard we try.

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Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.  Indeed, I think it must be more agreeable, must have a more real savor, than optimism—from the way in which pessimists abandon themselves to it.