Quotes by pessimism

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  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.
  • Heywood Broun
    Heywood Broun
    American Journalist, Novelist 1888-1939
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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.
  • Paula Nelson
    Paula Nelson
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    Americans want action for their money. They are fascinated by its self-reproducing qualities if it's put to work. Gold-hoarding goes against the American grain; it fits in better with European pessimism than with America's traditional optimism.
  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood
    American actor, filmmaker and musician 1930-
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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.
  • William Somerset Maugham
    William Somerset Maugham
    English writer 1874-1965
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    Much pessimism is caused by ascribing to others the feelings you would feel if you were in their place.
  • Jean Rostand
    Jean Rostand
    French writer 1897-1977
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    My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
  • Ian Mcewan
    Ian Mcewan
    English novelist and screenwriter 1948-
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    One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    French philosopher 1911-
    E. M. Cioran
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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.
  • Alan Cohen
    Alan Cohen
    American businessman 1954-
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    Optimism may sometimes be delusional, but pessimism is always delusional.
  • Bruce Springsteen
    Bruce Springsteen
    American singer-songwriter 1949-
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    Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it's all at, it's what lights the fire.
  • Golda Meir
    Golda Meir
    Prime Minister of Israel 1898-1978
    Golda Meir
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    Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    President of the US 1946-
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    Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.
  • George F. Will
    George F. Will
    American columnist 1941-
    George F. Will
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    Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
  • George Orwell
    George Orwell
    English writer (ps. of Eric Blair) 1903-1950
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    Pessimism is reactionary because it makes the very idea of improving the world impossible.
  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas Hardy
    British writer and poet 1840-1928
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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.
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