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A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
~ Don Marquis

 

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A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.
~ Walter Winchell

 

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A pessimist is one who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
~ Elbert Hubbard

 

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A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.
~ Clint Eastwood

 

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I doubt anyone will ever see -- anywhere -- a memorial to a pessimist.
~ Anonymous

 

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I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.
~ Janeane Garofalo

 

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I've never seen a monument erected for a pessimist.
~ Paul Harvey

 

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If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it the light of the oncoming train.
~ Robert Lowell

 

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If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

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If you pray for rain, don't be surprised if you're struck by lightning.
~ Damien Cannon

 

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In the long run, the pessimist may be proven right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
~ Daniel Readon

 

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It is a quite remarkable fact that the great religions of the most civilized peoples are more deeply fraught with sadness than the simpler beliefs of earlier societies. This certainly does not mean that the current of pessimism is eventually to submerge the other, but it proves that it does not lose ground and that it does not seem destined to disappear.
~ Emile Durkheim

 

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It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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Man, at least when educated, is a pessimist. He believes it safer not to reflect on his achievements; Jove is known to strike such people down.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith

 

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No good deed goes unpunished.
~ Clare Boothe Luce

 

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No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
~ Helen Keller

 

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One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.
~ Ian Mcewan

 

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Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.
~ E. M. Cioran

 

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