Pessimism Quotes

 A pessimist is a man who looks both ways before crossing a one-way street. 
Author: Dr. Laurence J. Peter
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 September 1919  - d. 12 February 1990
  
 A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 A pessimist is just a well-informed optimist. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he'll feel worse when he feels better. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 A pessimist is someone who has had to listen to too many optimists. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh. 
Author: Tom Nansbury
Nationality: French   
 Depression, gloom, pessimism, despair, discouragement, these slay ten human beings to every one murdered by typhoid, influenza, diabetes or pneumonia. If tuberculosis is the great white plague, then fear is the great black plague. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic. 
Author: Hazel Henderson
Nationality: American
b. December 1933
  
 It is not usually our ideas that make us optimists or pessimists, but it is our optimism or pessimism, of physiological or pathological origin ... that makes our ideas. 
Author: Miguel de Unamuno
Nationality: Basque
b. 29 September 1864  - d. 31 December 1936
  
 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. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists. 
Author: Jean Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 30 October 1894  - d. 04 September 1977
  
 My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists. 
Author: Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 1 April 1868  - d. 2 December 1918
  
 No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom. 
Author: Bernard de Voto
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1897  - d. 13 November 1955
  
 Pessimism is the one ism which kills the soul. 
Author: John Buchan
Nationality: Scottish
b. 26 August 1875  - d. 11 February 1940
  
 Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism. 
Author: Arnold Bennett
Nationality: English
b. 27 May 1867  - d. 27 March 1931
  
 Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous. 
Author: Elias Canetti
Nationality: Bulgarian
b. 25 July 1905  - d. 14 August 1994
  
 The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. 
Author: James Branch Cabell
Nationality: American
b. 14 April 1879  - d. 5 May 1958
  
 There is always a good side to every situation.Stay optimistic and try see an opportunity in your calamities, not pessimistic and see calamities every opportunity 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past. 
Author: Lewis Mumford
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1895  - d. 26 January 1990
  
 We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 Pessimism is as American as apple pie-frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 The selection of leadership must follow practical considerations. Maybe I look at things too pessimistically? 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin. 
Author: Leonard Cohen
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 September 1934
  
 I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. 
Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1904  - d. 18 February 1967
  
 In my last year of school, I was voted Class Optimist and Class Pessimist. Looking back, I realize I was only half right. 
Author: Jack Nicholson
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1937
  
 A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.  
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 A pessimist is a man who tells the truth prematurely. 
Author: Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 1 April 1868  - d. 2 December 1918
  
 Yet creeds mean very little, Coth answered the dark god, still speaking almost gently. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. 
Author: James Branch Cabell
Nationality: American
b. 14 April 1879  - d. 5 May 1958
  
 I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege.  
Author: W. H. Beveridge
Nationality: British
b. 5 March 1879  - d. 16 March 1963
  
 Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself. 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  




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