Pessimistic Quotes

Quotes tagged as "pessimistic" (showing 1-30 of 84)
Ernest Cline
“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One

Gustave Flaubert
“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
Gustave Flaubert

Kurt Vonnegut
“We could have saved [the Earth] but we were too damned cheap.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Henry Rollins
“Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.”
Henry Rollins

Gillian Flynn
“It had gotten to the point where it seemed like nothing matters, because I’m not a real person and neither is anyone else.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
“If life is a punishment, one should wish for an end; if life is a test, one should wish it to be short.”
Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul and Virginia by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fiction, Literary

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
“Death, my son, is a good thing for all men; it is the night for this worried day that we call life. It is in the sleep of death that finds rest for eternity the sickness, pain, desperation, and the fears that agitate, without end, we unhappy living souls.”
Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie

Ransom Riggs
“What a beautiful day to go to hell”
Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls

Kamand Kojouri
“Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.”
Kamand Kojouri

“Pessimistic" is a word for "realistic" that optimists use to make themselves feel better (about their unrealisticness).”

Chuck Palahniuk
“I told him to buy land, my mum says, they’re not making it anymore.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“We never do what we wish when we wish it, and when we desire a thing earnestly, and it does arrive, that or we are changed, so that we slide from the summit of our wishes and find ourselves where we were.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Robert M. Sapolsky
“Depression is not generalized pessimism, but pessimism specific to the effects of one's own skilled action.”
Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Donald Barthelme
“Goals incapable of attainment have driven many a man to despair, but despair is easier to get to than that -- one need merely look out of the window, for example.”
Donald Barthelme

“Sometimes it's like I'm living my life waiting for more bad news.”
Evan Kuhlman, The Last Invisible Boy

“Beware of those who are bored and not passionate about life, for they will bore you with reasons for not living.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Samuel Beckett
“We are not merely more weary because of yesterday, we are other, no longer what we were before the calamity of yesterday.”
Samuel Beckett

Stephen M. Irwin
“A month ago, Gavin had given his employer four weeks' notice. "I'll get a job around here," he'd told her. "Something low-stress, part-time, maybe. We're not paying rent, and Dad's left us plenty. You should quit, too." A year earlier this news would have filled her with delicious, full fat, chocolate-coated joy. But now, after a grueling routine of shitty work, shitty- weird home life in a house where the shadow of a dead boy walked more solidly than the grownups, shitty headaches, shitty worry about a husband who couldn't keep his dick out of other women, the golden offer just weirded Laine out. She didn't trust it.”
Stephen M. Irwin, The Dead Path

Sarah Winman
“My father believed it was a cancerous lump, not because my mother was genetically prone to such a thing, but because he was looking out for the saboteur of his wonderful life.”
Sarah Winman

“If you constantly allow negative statements into your life, you run the risk of adopting such negative statements as your convictions and principles. Generally, you will have a pessimistic outlook towards life.”
D.S. Mashego

“I shield to one who is pessimistic and shield to one who is optimistic leaving this in a wandering state.”
Josh Cathey

James Baldwin
“One of these days," he said. "Everything bad will happen—one of these days.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

“A cynic is just a wounded romantic.”
Pamela Jaye Smith, The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict

“We choose the prism that we use to view life. Life can be a mystical tour or an outright bummer. We can live our life with the taint of aftermath or look forward to embracing each beguiling day with renewed energy and enthusiasm.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“At any given moment, it is a beautiful day in many parts of the world.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Thomas Geoffroy
“Flynn staggered one eye at a time into a nightmare. He was awake.”
Thomas Geoffroy, The Pick

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