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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

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

A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible.
Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.
Bruce Lee

A pessimist confronted with two bad choices, chooses both.
Jewish proverb

You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the
effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you
stronger, they're making you weaker.
Tim Ferriss

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
William James

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

I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.
Albert Einstein

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
Oscar Wilde

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the
red stoplight. The truly wise person is color-blind.
Albert Schweitzer

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
George Bernard Shaw

Every person has the power to make others happy. Some do it simply by entering a room,
others by leaving the room. Some individuals leave trails of gloom; others, trails of joy. Some
leave trails of hate and bitterness; others, trails of love and harmony. Some leave trails of
cynicism and pessimism; others trails of faith and optimism. Some leave trails of criticism and
resignation; others trails of gratitude and hope. What kind of trails do you leave?
William Arthur Ward

I have never seen pessimists make anything work, or contribute anything of lasting value.
Harry Truman

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

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to
the rose.
Kahlil Gibran

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
Mark Twain

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll: The optimist sees the the
doughnut; the pessimist the hole.
Anon

Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.
Robert G. Allen

It's more than a little comforting to know that people can become happier, that
pessimists can become optimists, and that stressed and negative brains can be trained to
see more possibility. The competitive edge is available to all who put in the effort.
Shawn Achor

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or
opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Helen Keller

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

There are no optimistic or pessimistic personalities. There are only single, individual choices
for optimistic or pessimistic thoughts.
Steve Chandler

An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every
opportunity.
Chinese proverb

Pessimist: the optimist who didn't arrive.
Mark Twain

If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say
that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.
Albert Camus

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

The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the
island of perpetual indecision.
William Arthur Ward

If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek
in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I
should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to
fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape
a misery worse than any physical deprivation.
Helen Keller

The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.
Robert Lowell

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

Since I gave up hope, I feel so much better.
John Osborne