Pessimistic Quotes

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“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful.”
They Might Be Giants

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 Jr.
“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

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

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.”
Bernardin de Saint Pierre, Paul and Virginia by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fiction, Literary

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

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.”
Bernardin De Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie

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

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 Shelley

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

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

“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

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

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some of those who have killed themselves would readily kill themselves again if they could.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

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

Abhishek Ratna
“It’s okay to feel down or think pessimistically sometimes, but choosing to respond with optimism, resilience, and gratitude will benefit you far more in the long run.”
Abhishek Ratna, small wins BIG SUCCESS: A handbook for exemplary success in post Covid19 Outbreak Era

Iris Murdoch
“She thought sadly, gaiety and laughter are not in my destiny.”
Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In some cases, the mind doesn’t share the body’s desire to continue living.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Eoin Colfer
“Some people ain't got no Riverbend in their soul.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception

Gregório de Matos
“De dois ff se compõe
esta cidade a meu ver:
um furtar, outro foder.”
Gregório de Matos, Poemas Escolhidos

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“One of the greatest goals of all is to recognize the commonality of the grand that only appears uncommon because it is missed by the ignorance of our souls turned sour.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, The Eighth Page: A Christmas Journey

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Life is only as bad as your attitude.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Stacey Abrams
“I am not optimistic or pessimistic. I am determined.”
Stacey Abrams

Mark Rowlands
“One theme is an unflinching pioneer optimism. You can do great things. Everyone has this capacity. Every day, you can be better than you were yesterday; and there is nothing that exceeds your grasp if you put your mind to it. This sort of optimism is, of course, a semi-ubiquitous mantra of American life. I love this belief, and I find its profession, by large swathes of the American population, touching and sincere. The only problem is that I'm pretty sure it's not true. Most things lie outside the grasp of most people. And the one unbreakable truth of life is that we get worse.”
Mark Rowlands, Running with the Pack

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