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"Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous." - Elias Canetti

"People don't like to follow pessimists." - Bob Iger

"And our pessimists think this has taken too long. Our pessimists believe that too many Americans have died. Our pessimists believe that we have lost the war." - John Linder

"We're all born pessimists. It takes effort to be optimistic." - Rush Limbaugh

"The world belongs to optimists; the pessimists are only spectators." - Francois Guizot

"Pessimists calculate the odds. Optimists believe they can overcome them." - Ted Koppel

"Pessimists beat their heads against walls, while optimists open doors." - Wes Fesler

"Realism is for pessimists. An optimist creates his own reality." - David Harley

"Pessimists are born, true, but they also can be made." - David Rakoff

"I like pessimists. They're always the ones who bring life jackets for the boat." - Lisa Kleypas

"The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists." - Benjamin Graham

"Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have to time for the pitiful." - Sean O Faolain

"Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be." - Harvey Mackay

"I like pessimists. They"re always the ones who bring life jackets for the boat." - Lisa Kleypas

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute." - George Bernard Shaw

"Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have no time for the pitiful." - Sean O Faolain

"Men are always optimists when they look inwards, and pessimists when they look round them." - Ouida

"Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives!" - Shimon Peres

"Optimists think that this is the best of all possible worlds; pessimists fear they are right." - J Robert Oppenheimer

"Pessimists see a problem behind every opportunity. Optimists see an opportunity behind every problem." - Denis Waitley

"You cannot have people in your organization who are pessimists. They take you to mediocrity." - Carlos Slim

"To the optimist, pessimists are neurotic; to the pessimist, optimists are deluded." - David Levy

"Whatever pretended pessimists in search of notoriety may say, most people are naturally kind, at heart." - James Branch Cabell

"Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have to time for the pitiful." - Sean Ofaolain

"My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists." - Edmond Rostand

"My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists." - Jean Rostand

"Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past." - Lewis Mumford

"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

"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 A Baldwin

"Humorists are always pessimists. They're reactionaries: because they see that every golden cloud has a black lining." - Christina Stead

"Pessimists fear becoming the dupes of Hope. Optimists enjoy Hope's company, and consider being duped no great matter." - Mason Cooley

"How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right?" - Robert Mallet

"I don't know if the optimists or the pessimists are right. But, the optimists are going to get something done." - Craig Venter

"...in general, the traditionalists are backward-looking, conservative; pessimists about the future and optimists about the past." - Lewis Mumford

"Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist." - Shimon Peres

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute." - Gladys Bronwyn Stern

"How happy are the pessimists! What joy is theirs when they have proved there is no joy." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists." - Thomas Friedman

"Nuclear war is inevitable, says the pessimists; Nuclear war is impossible, says the optimists; Nuclear war is inevitable unless we make it impossible, says the realists." - Sydney J Harris

"One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism, which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." - Pope Francis

"Oh happy pessimists! What a joy it is to them to be able to prove again and again that there is no joy." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"Optimists focus on the place they are going. Pessimists focus on the obstacles along the route. To become an optimist simply look ahead." - Simon Sinek

"The contrasts and contradictions that can permanently live peacefully side by side in a skull make all the systems of political optimists and pessimists illusory." - Albert Einstein

"Christians should not be optimists; we know too much about sin. We should also not be pessimists, for we know the living God." - Timothy Keller

"The bottom line on attitude is that a good one helps to increase your possibilities. Pessimists usually get what they expect. So do optimists." - John C Maxwell

"...the incontestable truth is that America has been built up by optimists, not by pessimists, but by men possessing courage, confidence in the nation's destiny, by men willing to adventure, to shoulder risks terrifying to the timid." - B C Forbes

"The soul must have its chosen sewers to carry away its ordure. This function is performed by persons, relationships, professions, the fatherland, the world, or finally, for the really arrogant - I mean our modern pessimists - by the Good God himself." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The play-it-safe pessimists of the world never accomplish much of anything, because they don't look clearly and objectively at situations, they don't recognize or believe in their own abilities to overcome even the smallest amount of risk." - Benjamin Hoff

"Pessimists see problems as stemming from stable and universal causes, thus making them less susceptible to corrective action. Optimists, in contrast, view problems as temporary and resulting from specific factors that will either change or be changed." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Pessimists are second rate people. They do not believe in life. ... All they want to do is drag you down and appease their own feelings of mediocrity and fear." - Uell Stanley Andersen

"I will be the first to admit that I am a pessimist by nature. It is, after all, the wisest way to be. We pessimists have everything to gain, whereas optimists have a fifty-fifty chance of being disappointed." - Tamar Myers

"The market is a pendulum that forever swings between unsustainable optimism (which makes stocks too expensive) and unjustified pessimism (which makes them too cheap). The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists." - Benjamin Graham

"I once devised a test question which I put to many people to discover whether they were pessimists. The question was: If you had the power to destroy the world, would you do so?" - Bertrand Russell

"If empathy channels our optimism, we will see the empathy and the diseases and the poor school. We will answer with our innovations and we will surprise the pessimists." - Bill Gates

"If the tenth of the population that is gay became visible tomorrow, the panic of the majority of people would inspire repressive legislation of a sort that would shock even the pessimists among us." - Jane Rule

"Pessimism doesn't grow your business or even maintain the status quo. The pessimists on your staff make the job harder for everyone around them. They make difficulties out of opportunities." - Harvey Mackay

"People who are optimistic see a failure as due to something that can be changed so that they can succeed next time around, while pessimists take the blame for the failure, ascribing it to some characteristic they are helpless to change." - Daniel Goleman

"This is the crux of the moral pessimists: if they really wanted to promote their neighbor's redemption, then they would have to resolve themselves to spoiling existence for him, and thus to being his misfortune; out of pity, they would have to-become evil!" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"we find that the optimists have an undeniable advantage over the pessimists. Many studies show that they do better on exams, in their chosen profession, and in their relationships, live longer and in better health, enjoy a better chance of surviving postoperative shock, and are less prone to depression and suicide." - Matthieu Ricard

"Pessimists, we're told, look at a glass containing 50% air and 50% water and see it as half empty. Optimists, in contrast, see it as half full. Engineers, of course, understand the glass is twice as big as it needs to be." - Bob Lewis

"I think I'm a realist. Which people who don't like me consider to be pessimism. It isn't pessimism at all. If I was a pessimist I wouldn't get up, I wouldn't shave, I wouldn't watch Batman at 7:30 a.m. Pessimists just don't do that sort of thing." - Steven Morrissey

"For optimists, human life never needs justification, no matter how much hurt piles up, because they can always tell themselves that things will get better. For pessimists, there is no amount of happiness-should such a thing as happiness even obtain for human beings except as a misconception-that can compensate us for life's hurt." - Thomas Ligotti

"Things of the spirit are what count: brotherhood - in a day when there is too much hatred at home and abroad; cheerfulness - in a day when the pessimists have the floor and cynics are popular; service - in a day when millions are interested in getting or grasping, rather than giving" - E. Urner Goodman

"For optimists, human life never needs justification, no matter how much hurt piles up, because they can always tell themselves that things will get better. For pessimists, there is no amount of happiness-should such a thing as happiness even obtain for human beings except as a misconception-that can compensate us for life's hurt." - Thomas Ligotti

"Pessimism is easy. We all can do it. We don't need to read books on how to be pessimists. We don't need guidance on how to think negatively. But we do need guidance on how to think positively. People that write books on how to do that are multimillionaires." - Rush Limbaugh

"I am constantly challenged by pessimists who insist that military solutions are the only way to go. This was true in the 1980s, and it is true today. You should know that I do not consider myself a pacifist; there are times, in my view, when military action may be necessary." - Oscar Arias

"You may hear people say that submarines have done away with the battleship, and that aircraft have annulled the mastery of the sea. That is what our pessimists say. But do you imagine that the clumsy submarine or the fragile aeroplane is really the last word of science?" - John Buchan

"As a bull market turns into a bear market, the new pros turn into optimists, hoping and praying the bear market will become a bull and save them. But as the market remains bearish, the optimists become pessimists, quit the profession, and return to their day jobs. This is when the real professional investors re-enter the market." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Whereas in the past optimism had been regarded as rather shallow - because 'oh well, it's just your temperament, you happen to be just a cheerful sort of person' - what I wanted to do was to establish that in fact it is the pessimists who are allowing all kinds of errors to creep into their work." - Colin Wilson

"Most dreams die a slow death. They're conceived in a moment of passion, with the prospect of endless possibility, but often languish and are not pursued with the same heartfelt intensity as when first born. Slowly, subtly, a dream becomes elusive and ephemeral. People who've lost their own dreams become pessimists and cynics. They feel like the time and devotion spent on chasing their dreams were wasted. The emotional scars last forever." - Dean Karnazes

"The positive outlook that optimists project does not come from ignoring or denying problems. Optimists simply assume that problems are temporary and can be solved, so optimists naturally want more information about problems because then they can get to work and do something. Pessimists are more likely to believe that there is nothing they can do anyway, so what's the point of even thinking about it?" - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe that bad events will last a long time, will undermine everything they do, and are their own fault. The optimists, who are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about misfortune in the opposite way. They tend to believe that defeat is just a temporary setback or a challenge, that its causes are just confined to this one case." - Martin Seligman

"I find daily life not always joyous, but always interesting. I have some sad days and nights, but none that are dull. As I advance deeper into the vale of years, I live with constantly increasing gusto and excitement. I am sure it all means something; in the last analysis, I am an optimist because I believe in God. Those who have no faith are quite naturally pessimists and I do not blame them." - William Lyon Phelps

"Turbulence is a condition that we all experience during a flight when the plane is bouncing around by competing air currents. By analogy, the economy may bounce around a lot because of competing currents of public moods and investments. One week everyone might be optimistic and then suddenly something happens to turn everyone into pessimists. Investment dries up and investors become risk averse. A sudden piece of good news then turns around the public mood." - Philip Kotler

"Every generation thinks things are happening that have never happened before. Every generation of people thinks we're in the last days. Every generation's filled with pessimists. But when you have the Millennials generation, a majority of which have never had a job - you might even be able to put the period there: "Have never had a job, period" - or never had a job in a healthy economy." - Rush Limbaugh

"I am always an optimist. The pessimists are the liars who refuse to admit what is happening. And I'll give you three things we could do this instant to help Mexico: legalize drugs, renegotiate NAFTA so that it pays a living wage, protects unions and protects the environment and stop Plan Merida which gives $500 million a year to the Mexican army, the largest single criminal organization in Mexico." - Charles Bowden

"Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river." - Will Durant

"Optimism is the parent of despair, while pessimism allows the mind to accustom itself to the inevitable disappointments of human existence by degrees, just as some drugs induce a state of tolerance. Pessimists, moreover, have the better sense of humour, for they have a livelier apprehension of pretension and absurdity. In a meritocracy, furthermore, those who fail must either indulge in elaborate mental contortions to disguise reality from themselves or sink into a deep melancholy." - Anthony Daniels

"Coming out, all the way out, is offered more and more as the political solution to our oppression. The argument goes that, if people could see just how many of us there are, some in very important places, the negative stereotype would vanish overnight. ...It is far more realistic to suppose that, if the tenth of the population that is gay became visible tomorrow, the panic of the majority of people would inspire repressive legislation of a sort that would shock even the pessimists among us." - Jane Rule

"In South Africa, they dig for diamonds. Tons of earth are moved to find a little pebble not as large as a little fingernail. The miners are looking for the diamonds, not the dirt. They are willing to lift all the dirt in order to find the jewels. In daily life, people forget this principle and become pessimists because there is more dirt than diamonds. When trouble comes, do' be frightened by the negatives. Look for the positives and dig them out. They are so valuable it doesn't matter if you have to handle tons of dirt." - Robert Ringer

"Unless, of course, there's no such thing as chance;...in which case, we should either-optimistically-get up and cheer, because if everything is planned in advance, then we all have a meaning and are spared the terror of knowing ourselves to be random, without a why; or else, of course, we might-as pessimists-give up right here and now, understanding the futility of thought decision action, since nothing we think makes any difference anyway, things will be as they will. Where, then, is optimism? In fate or in chaos?" - Salman Rushdie

"In South Africa, they dig for diamonds. Tons of earth are moved to find a little pebble not as large as a little fingernail. The miners are looking for the diamonds, not the dirt. They are willing to lift all the dirt in order to find the jewels. In daily life, people forget this principle and become pessimists because there is more dirt than diamonds. When trouble comes, don't be frightened by the negatives. Look for the positives and dig them out. They are so valuable it doesn't matter if you have to handle tons of dirt." - Robert Ringer

"Loneliness has little to do with what we do or where we do it, whether we're married or unmarried, optimists or pessimists, heterosexual or homosexual. Loneliness has to do with the sudden clefts we experience in every human relation, the gaps that open up with such stomach-turning unexpectedness. In a brief moment, I and my brother or sister have moved away into different worlds, and there is no language we can share.... It is in the middle of intimacy that the reality of loneliness most dramatically appears." - Rowan Williams

"Optimism is a tonic. Pessimism is poison. Admittedly, every businessman must be realistic. He must gather facts, analyze them candidly and strive to draw logical conclusions, whether favorable or unfavorable. He must not engage in self-delusion. He must not view everything through rose-colored glasses. Granting this, the incontestable truth is that America has been built up by optimists, not by pessimists, but by men possessing courage, confidence in the nation's destiny, by men willing to adventure to shoulder risks terrifying to the timid." - B C Forbes

"Pessimists are just as illogical as optimists; insomuch as both envisage the aims of mankind as unified, and as having a direct relationship (either of frustration or of fulfilment) to the inevitable flow of terrestrial motivation and events. That is-both schools retain in a vestigial way the primitive concept of a conscious teleology-of a cosmos which gives a damn one way or the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitos, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy." - H P Lovecraft

"Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison. Those who think it a hotel might regard it as quite intolerable, and those who thought it was a prison might decide that it was really surprisingly comfortable. So that what seems the ugly doctrine is one that comforts and strengthens you in the end. The people who try to hold an optimistic view of this world would become pessimists: the people who hold a pretty stern view of it become optimistic." - C S Lewis



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