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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Pessimism (35 Quotations)

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Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.
~ James Baldwin

 

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The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.
~ Heywood Broun

 

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Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.
~ Elias Canetti

 

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If you pray for rain, don't be surprised if you're struck by lightning.
~ Damien Cannon

 

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Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.
~ E. M. Cioran

 

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Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.
~ Bill Clinton

 

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It is a quite remarkable fact that the great religions of the most civilized peoples are more deeply fraught with sadness than the simpler beliefs of earlier societies. This certainly does not mean that the current of pessimism is eventually to submerge the other, but it proves that it does not lose ground and that it does not seem destined to disappear.
~ Emile Durkheim

 

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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.
~ Clint Eastwood

 

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Pessimism never won any battle.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

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It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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Man, at least when educated, is a pessimist. He believes it safer not to reflect on his achievements; Jove is known to strike such people down.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

 

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We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

 

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I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.
~ Janeane Garofalo

 

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You've got to take the bitter with the sour.
~ Samuel Goldwyn

 

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Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
~ Thomas Hardy

 

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I've never seen a monument erected for a pessimist.
~ Paul Harvey

 

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A pessimist is one who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
~ Elbert Hubbard

 

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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.
~ Helen Keller

 

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If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it the light of the oncoming train.
~ Robert Lowell

 

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No good deed goes unpunished.
~ Clare Boothe Luce

 

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