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1. "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."
Author: Benjamin Hoff
2. "People don't like to follow pessimists."
Author: Bob Iger
3. "I never noticed that the very strength and facility of the pessimists' case at once poses us a problem. If the universe is so bad, or even half so bad, how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?"
Author: C.S. Lewis
4. "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."
Author: Dean Karnazes
5. "They too entered the world of dreams- that world in which a third of each man's life is spent, and which is thought by some pessimists to be a premonition of eternity."
Author: E.M. Forster
6. "My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists."
Author: Edmond Rostand
7. "Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous."
Author: Elias Canetti
8. "The pessimists believe that the cosmos is a clock that is running down; the progressives believe it is a clock that they themselves are winding up. But I happen to believe that the world is what we choose to make it, and that we are what we choose to make ourselves; and that our renascence or our ruin will alike, ultimately and equally, testify with a trumpet to our liberty.- The Illustrated London News, July 10, 1920 Issue."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
9. "The work of the philosophical policeman," replied the man in blue, "is at once bolder and more subtle than that of the ordinary detective. The ordinary detective goes to pot-houses to arrest thieves; we go to artistic tea-parties to detect pessimists. The ordinary detective discovers from a ledger or a diary that a crime has been committed. We discover from a book of sonnets that a crime will be committed. We have to trace the origin of those dreadful thoughts that drive men on at last to intellectual fanaticism and intellectual crime. We were only just in time to prevent the assassination at Hartlepool, and that was entirely due to the fact that our Mr. Wilks (a smart young fellow) thoroughly understood a triolet."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
10. "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
11. "...it is never safe to classify the souls of one's neighbors; one is apt, in the long run, to be proved a fool. You should regard each meeting with a friend as a sitting he is unwillingly giving you for a portrait -- a portrait that, probably, when you or he die, will still be unfinished. And, though this is an absorbing pursuit, nevertheless, the painters are apt to end pessimists. For however handsome and merry may be the face, however rich the background, in the first rough sketch of each portrait, yet with every added stroke of the brush, with every tiny readjustment of the 'values,' with every modification of the chiaroscuro, the eyes looking out at you grow more disquieting. And, finally, it is your own face that you are staring at in terror, as in a mirror by candle-light, when all the house is still."
Author: Hope Mirrlees
12. "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."
Author: Jane Rule
13. "My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists."
Author: Jean Rostand
14. "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."
Author: John Linder
15. "In the 1970s, after the Damansky Island clashes, a joke began circulating: 'Optimists study English; pessimists study Chinese; and realists learn to use a Kalashnikov."
Author: John Vaillant
16. "Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past."
Author: Lewis Mumford
17. "I like pessimists. They're always the ones who bring life jackets for the boat."
Author: Lisa Kleypas
18. "Oh happy pessimists! What a joy it is to them to be able to prove again and again that there is no joy."
Author: Marie Von Ebner Eschenbach
19. "To see all pessimists as pessimists is to be a pessimist."
Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
20. "The future remains an extension of the past. Cosmetic change makes times different, but people stay the same. We love, hate, dress more, dress less, kill, procreate, build and destroy. We often forget then get reminded of feelings we had forgotten; pessimists prefer the past experiences; optimists prefer the new ones. Whatever you feel about it, remember it will never last, so make the best out of it."
Author: Nael Gharzeddine
21. "Pessimists can be such bores, and it's lazy to believe the worst."
Author: Paul Morley
22. "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."
Author: Robert Ringer
23. "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?"
Author: Salman Rushdie
24. "Pessimists never go on a voyage of discovery, equally so they never leave the shoreline in search of new horizons."
Author: Stephen Richards
25. "Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists."
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
26. "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. As a worst-case example, a pessimist might refer to the hurt caused by some natural or human-made cataclysm. To adduce a hedonic counterpart to the horrors that attach to such cataclysms would require a degree of ingenuity from an optimist, but it could be done. And the reason it could be done, the reason for the eternal stalemate between optimists and pessimists, is that no possible formula can be established to measure proportions and types of hurt and happiness in the world. If such a formula could be established, then either pessimists or optimists would have to give in to their adversaries."
Author: Thomas Ligotti

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