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1. "Though anger seems a pessimistic response to a situation, it is at root a symptom of hope: the hope that the world can be better than it is. The man who shouts every time he loses his house keys is betraying a beautiful but rash faith in a universe in which keys never go astray. The woman who grows furious every time a politician breaks an election promise reveals a precariously utopian belief that elections do not involve deceit. The news shouldn't eliminate angry responses; but it should help us to be angry for the right reasons, to the right degree, for the right length of time – and as part of a constructive project. And whenever this isn't possible, then the news should help us with mourning the twisted nature of man and reconciling us to the difficulty of being able to imagine perfection while still not managing to secure it – for a range of stupid but nevertheless unbudgeable reasons."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "Talkativeness is a symptom of deep-seated pessimism. Without it there would be no pessimistic literature."
Author: Albert Vigoleis Thelen
3. "A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."
Author: Aldous Huxley
4. "My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn't understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become."
Author: Anne Rice
5. "It was too perfect to last,' so I am tempted to say of our marriage. But it can be meant in two ways. It may be grimly pessimistic - as if God no sooner saw two of His creatures happy than He stopped it ('None of that here!'). As if He were like the Hostess at the sherry-party who separates two guests the moment they show signs of having got into a real conversation. But it could also mean 'This had reached its proper perfection. This had become what it had in it to be. Therefore of course it would not be prolonged.' As if God said, 'Good; you have mastered that exercise. I am very pleased with it. And now you are ready to go on to the next."
Author: C.S. Lewis
6. "When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic."
Author: Carl Rogers
7. "I discovered very quickly that criticism is a form of optimism, and that when you are silent about the shortcomings of your society, you're very pessimistic about that society. And it's only when you speak truthfully about it that you show your faith in that society."
Author: Carlos Fuentes
8. "When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic."
Author: Charles R. Swindoll
9. "Pessimistic" is a word for "realistic" that optimists use to make themselves feel better (about their unrealisticness)."
Author: Claire
10. "I'm not pessimistic about people in general, but only about the way they live."
Author: Claude Chabrol
11. "I write about adversity, I praise adversity, not to be pessimistic, but rather to strengthen myself. The more familiar that you are with it, the less likely you are to have a breakdown when it occurs. You become more reflective of its purpose, you understand God's reason for it, and are then able to make the best of everything that you are handed. The darkness is only frightening after constant sunshine."
Author: Criss Jami
12. "Never will I make that extra effort to live according to reality which alone makes good writing possible: hence the manic-depressiveness of my style,—which is either bright, cruel and superficial; or pessimistic; moth-eaten with self-pity"
Author: Cyril Connolly
13. "If the general opinion is pessimistic, fantasy is going to hold its own."
Author: David Eddings
14. "Well, I agree that 'trial and error' is a pretty pessimistic name for it. And maybe that's what it is most of the time. But I think the point is that it's not just try-error. Most of the time, it's try-error-try."
Author: David Levithan
15. "The more pessimistic your explanatory style, the easier it is to slip into learned helplessness."
Author: David McRaney
16. "I'm one of the more pessimistic cats on the planet. I make Van Gogh look like a rodeo clown."
Author: Dennis Miller
17. "I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially."
Author: E.B. White
18. "I'm generally pessimistic about the dumbing down of America - especially with summer movies."
Author: Elmer Bernstein
19. "Happy the creators of pessimistic systems! Besides taking refuge in the fact of having made something, they can exult in their explanation of universal suffering, and include themselves in it.I don't complain about the world. I don't protest in the name of the universe. I'm not a pessimist. I suffer and complain, but I don't know if suffering is the norm, nor do I know if it's human to suffer. Why should I care to know?I suffer, without knowing if I deserve to. (A hunted doe.)I'm not a pessimist. I'm sad."
Author: Fernando Pessoa
20. "In a word, God paints in many colors; but he never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. In a sense our age has realized this fact, and expressed it in our sullen costume. For if it were really true that white was a blank and colorless thing, negative and non-committal, then white would be used instead of black and grey for the funereal dress of this pessimistic period. Which is not the case.Meanwhile I could not find my chalk."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
21. "I laughed. "You're too young to be so … pessimistic," I said, using the English word."Pessi-what?""Pessimistic. It means looking only at the dark side of things.""Pessimistic … pessimistic …" She repeated the English to herself over and over, and then she looked up at me with a fierce glare. "I'm only sixteen," she said, "and I don't know much about the world, but I do know one thing for sure. If I'm pessimistic, then the adults in this world who are not pessimistic are a bunch of idiots."
Author: Haruki Murakami
22. "If i were pressed to give my brand of political thought a label, I would call it pessimistic anarchistic quietism"
Author: J.M. Coetzee
23. "Clinically speaking, depression is a pessimistic sense of your own capabilities, and despondent lack of energy."
Author: Jane McGonigal
24. "If everything always went perfectly, I would feel like, When is the ball going to drop? Because good things don't always last. Maybe I'm a pessimistic person. When something just seems too good, I can't believe it."
Author: January Jones
25. "Then come to realize that you're making mountains out of molehills. Realize how petty you've become. Sure, it may feel like you can't get a grip on this town. It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down. But you must stop being so pessimistic, Hannah, and learn to trust those around you. So I do. One more time."
Author: Jay Asher
26. "I think in life, you have a choice. You can either be optimistic or pessimistic, and I go for the optimism."
Author: Jon Anderson
27. "I tried to think about other things. I tried to invent optimistic inventions. But the pessimistic ones were extremely loud."
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
28. "Americans are nervous; Americans are restless; and what troubles me the most is that Americans are uncharacteristically pessimistic."
Author: Joni Eareckson Tada
29. "Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies' resources, and minimized their own."
Author: Livy
30. "Forgetting that beauty and happiness are only ever incarnated in an individual person, we replace them in our minds by a conventional pattern, a sort of average of all the different faces we have ever admired, all the different pleasures we have ever enjoyed, and thus carry about with us abstract images, which are lifeless and uninspiring because they lack the very quality that something new, something different from what is familiar, always possesses, and which is the quality inseparable from real beauty and happiness. So we make our pessimistic pronouncements on life, which we think are valid, in the belief that we have taken account of beauty and happiness, whereas we have actually omitted them from consideration, substituting for them synthetic compounds that contain nothing of them."
Author: Marcel Proust
31. "Even the closest relationships that I have I know could potentially fall away. That's not to speak pessimistically or negatively about those relationships. In a weird way, it's the opposite. I value them."
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
32. "When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: if you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse."
Author: Martin Keogh
33. "American actors are all muscular, tanned, white teeth and they have this indestructible confidence. We British are all... Dare I say it? Pessimistic."
Author: Max Irons
34. "If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed."
Author: Maya Angelou
35. "People think it's easy to be cynical and pessimistic, but it's incredibly hard work. It's much easier to be hopeful."
Author: Michael Robotham
36. "At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic."
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
37. "The public is even more pessimistic about the economy than even the most bearish economists are."
Author: Nate Silver
38. "I try not to be too optimistic or pessimistic. If you're a pessimist then that's depressing all the time; if you're an optimist and things don't work out then that's depressing, too."
Author: Nicholas Hoult
39. "The spirit of the gospel is optimistic; it trusts in God and looks on the bright side of things. The opposite or pessimistic spirit drags men down and away from God, looks on the dark side, murmurs, complains, and is slow to yield obedience."
Author: Orson F. Whitney
40. "If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change - even though they don't really know what they're trying to prevent - then you can get pessimistic."
Author: Paul Hawken
41. "The boys at school are so degenerate that it makes one feel pessimistic about the future of the male gender in general."
Author: Regina Doman
42. "I talk about going to [George W. Bush's] Inauguration and cryingwhen he took the oath, 'cause I was so afraid he was going towreck the economy and muck up the drinking water'... the failure ofmy pessimistic imagination at that moment boggles my mind now."
Author: Sarah Vowell
43. "These views were voiced by the school of 'optessimists', i.e. philosophers who derived optimism for the future from a pessimistic appraisal of the present." The 21st Voyage, The Star Diaries"
Author: Stanisław Lem
44. "As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what's happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don't seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids."
Author: Steve Jobs
45. "I tend to be one of those people who takes great pride in calling it like I see it. I say things like, "I'm not being grumpy or negative or pessimistic. I'm just keeping it real." "I'm not complaining. I'm just calling it like I see it." But people armed with a spirit of gratitude know that often it is what you call it. So what if, instead of calling it like we see it, we began to call it like God says it?"
Author: Steven Furtick
46. "Sara and I both have this very self-deprecating, almost abusive way of looking at ourselves. We both feel like we can be very destructive and very pessimistic and very tortured and very weak, but in a weird way those are some of our best qualities."
Author: Tegan Quin
47. "But 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."
Author: Tim Ferriss
48. "One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery."
Author: Wallace Stegner
49. "Well, some people say I'm pessimistic because I recognize the eternal cycle of evil. All I say is, look at the history of mankind right up to this moment and what do you find?"
Author: Wole Soyinka
50. "Crisis and pressure help foster change - that's why I'm not so pessimistic towards crises."
Author: Wolfgang Schauble

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