Pessimistic Quotes

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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.”
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).”
Claire

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 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

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

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most pessimists are blinded by darkness.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The unwise hope for the best … and prepare for only the best.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“I live locked in the prison of my negative attitude. And despite the impenetrable walls that loom above me and about me, freedom is mine should I choose it. For the key of thankfulness will effortlessly open every door in every wall in every place like this one.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Life is the longest practical joke ever.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Iris Murdoch
“In a century or two this planet will have been destroyed by external cosmic forces or by the senseless activity of the human race. Human life is a freak phenomenon, soon to be blotted out. That is a consoling thought. Meanwhile we are surrounded by strange invisible entities, possibly your angels."

"I hope so."

"Ah, you think they are good, they cannot be good, there is no good, the tendency to evil is overwhelming. One has only to think of the horrors of sex, its violence, its cruelty, its filthy vulgarity, its descent into bestial degradation. You had better go and dream in your monastery."

"Would you come and visit me there?"

"Of course not. I do not visit. Only, unfortunately, am sometimes visited."

"You don't want to discuss — you know — what happened? My priest said — "

"No."

"I care about how you are, I love you."

"You still fail to realise how this sort of talk sickens me. Now please go. This will do for a welcome home scene. Tell them not to come. I desire to be left alone.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Iris Murdoch
“I mean he's honest, he sees the terrible things, he doesn't try to cover them up or imagine them away — the evil of the world, the senselessness of it all, the rottenness of us ordinary people, our fantasy life, our selfishness —”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Iris Murdoch
“Our planet is a freak which we shall destroy by our own wicked senseless activities in the next century. Our history will very soon come to an end. Now that God is dead, we are at last presented with the truth, yes, the truth remains, but it is on a short lead. Anyway, we are nothing and it matters not what we do.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Iris Murdoch
“You just seem to have folded up the future."

"It is folded up.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

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