Pessimist Quotes

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Vera Nazarian
“People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is.

An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.

An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices.

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.

Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Woody Allen
“Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.”
Woody Allen

William Golding
“I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.”
William Golding

“The good thing about being a pessimist is that I'm either always right, or pleasantly surprised.”
Robin Ayers

Joris-Karl Huysmans
“To love at a distance and without hope; never to possess; to dream chastely of pale charms and impossible kisses extinguished on the waxen brow of death: ah, that is something like it. A delicious straying away from the world, and never the return. As only the unreal is not ignoble and empty, existence must be admitted to be abominable. Yes, imagination is the only good thing which heaven vouchsafes to the skeptic and pessimist, alarmed by the eternal abjectness of life.”
Joris-Karl Huysmans, Là-Bas

Anna Funder
“Lately, a study has suggested that depressed people have a more accurate view of reality, though this accuracy is not worth a bean because it is depressing, and depressed people live shorter lives. Optimists and believers are happier and healthier in their unreal worlds.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Haruki Murakami
“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.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If I continually focus on what I don’t have, my life will always be completely empty despite the fact that it’s completely full.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig R. Key
“Rut, routine, robotic. These are the three R's of adult-hood. Wake up, eat, go to work, eat, work more, come home, eat, sleep, and repeat every day until we all reach retirement, or death.”
Craig R. Key, Counting Losses

C. JoyBell C.
“Some people are optimists. Some people are pessimists. I'm just a realist who believes that some things are worth fighting for.”
C. JoyBell C.

Moonshine Noire
“we met one strange summer

in a regular tangle of sticky webs

you had the air of angels sweet but I--

drowned with the damned spirits

in lava oceans fearing your--

foreign static frequency

and grey-green eyes

(I swear they are even if you--

think otherwise): storms

calm ones, calmer than my--

raging coals, empty and dead

you speak of souls like you believe

always an optimist in pessimistic

skin of ivory and titanium mesh...”
Moonshine Noire

“The optimist sees the glass half full. The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The chemist sees the glass completely full, half in liquid state and half in gaseous, both of which is probably poisonous.”
Weike Wang, Chemistry

Jonathan Harnisch
“Pessimists try to convince you the world sucks, optimists already know it does and smile anyway.”
Jonathan Harnisch, Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography

“When you're a pessimist, people are always smiling at someone else.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Jasleen Kaur Gumber
“There is a very thin line of difference between a Pessimist and a Perfectionist. Both are scared to fail, strive for ideal but the only think unlike in the two is- Pessimist thinks it will last forever and Perfectionist knows it won't.”
Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“You are alone because you were born alone. And though you were born alone, you found a reason and the strength to shake yourself, though as helpless as you were at birth, for the whole universe to hear and know that you have not just arrived, but you are healthy, and you commended and moved things and people around you with your cry, even as an infant! And though it all seems you are alone, note that once you can breathe, you are never alone! Smile, for there is an indomitable power within you, given to you by God! Realize your God, realize your power! Awake and realize your true strength and the strong power within you! Face life and do not just challenge the challenges in life but conquer them with all boldness and fortitude. Step by step, complete the steps! It is always not all that easy, but, be strong and beat life no matter what!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“The pessimist may call the optimist a fool; but who is more foolish, the happy individual who expects more happiness or the one who fills his life with bitterness and has only more despair to look forward to?”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

“Use every person's skill set to the fullest. Both optimists and pessimists contribute. An optimist invents the hot air balloon, and a pessimist invents the parachute." - Ramesh Lohia and Surbhi Lohia, consultants, Six Sigma, KaizeniSixSigmaKaizen. In Quality Quotes, Sep 1, 2016, Knowledge Center, ASQ [ AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY]”
Ramesh Lohia and Surbhi Lohia

“You are alone because you were born alone. And though you were born alone, you found a reason and the strength to shake yourself, though as helpless as you were at birth, for the whole universe to hear and know that you have not just arrived, but you are healthy, and you commanded and moved things and people around you with your cry, even as an infant! And though it all seems you are alone, note that once you can breathe, you are never alone! Smile, for there is an indomitable power within you, given to you by God! Realize your God, realize your power! Awake and realize your true strength and the strong power within you! Face life and do not just challenge the challenges in life but conquer them with all boldness and fortitude. Step by step, complete the steps! It is always not all that easy, but, be strong and beat life no matter what!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“After reading Burgum, [Patricia Highsmith] wrote in her cahier that, like Kafka, she felt she was a pessimist, unable to formulate a system in which an individual could believe in God, government or self. Again like Kafka, she looked into the great abyss which separated the spiritual and the material and saw the terrifying emptiness, the hollowness, at the heart of every man, a sense of alienation she felt compelled to explore in her fiction. As her next hero, she would take an architect, 'a young man whose authority is art and therefore himself,' who when he murders, 'feels no guilt or even fear when he thinks of legal retribution'. The more she read of Kafka the more she felt afraid as she came to realise, 'I am so similar to him.”
Andrew Wilson, Patricia Highsmith, Ζωή στο σκοτάδι

Eudora Welty
“His (my father's) general belief in life's well-being worked either way. 'Have you ever had it before? You have? It's not going to kill you, then. If you've had the same thing before, you'll be alright in the morning.' My mother couldn't have more profoundly disagreed with that. 'You're such an optimist, dear,' she often said with a sigh. 'You're a good deal of a pessimist, sweetheart.' 'I certainly am.' And yet, I was well aware as I stood between them, he the optimist was the one who was prepared for the worst, and she the pessimist was the daredevil.”
Eudora Welty, On Writing

“I used to be a pessimist, but now I can't even do that right.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Ethan Canin
“Happy isn't even a real idea," he said. "It's just like love. A reasonably skeptical person doesn't even know what it means.”
Ethan Canin, A Doubter's Almanac

“When we don’t have way to express our feelings then at odds in choosing way and every path of life shows gloomy image.”
Faisal Hafeez Mughal

Patrick Downes
“Is the definition of a pessimist a person who only sees what he hasn't got but wants? Would an optimist never see the empty space?
Or is there some other detail I'm leaving out? Is it more complicated?
I don't know. It isn't always bad to see the empty space, is it? Isn't it all right to see both, the filled space and the empty space? You could be in either. I have to try and see everything.”
Patrick Downes, Fell of Dark

“Yes, I'm a pessimistic, cynical, grumpy old git. You only get that way through great trial and error.”
George Banister

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The young pessimist is much older than the old optimist!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people could keep their rain on their own parade?”
Niedria Dionne Kenny, Phenomenally Me: My Sweet 2016

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