Best Quotes About Pessimism

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

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

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy. -Patricia Ireland

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them? -Francis Parker Yockey

I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out, we'd talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine. -Wole Soyinka

You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle East existed in Northern Ireland, but we stayed at it. -George J. Mitchell

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists. -Jean Rostand

We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect. -John Kenneth Galbraith

My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists. -Edmond Rostand

In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world. -Bob Brown

Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations. -Gordon B. Hinckley

There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism. But I do not rule out optimism. -Jim Leach

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger. -Emilio Estevez

Though there are many differences between Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, they are strikingly similar in their poor economic records and even more so in their shared pessimism and bearishness on America. -David Limbaugh

I ceased using words like optimism and pessimism a long time ago. -Wole Soyinka

Younger people have so many opportunities. I don't see any pessimism among them. -Freeman Dyson

I don't think in terms of optimism and pessimism when writing a story. I am telling a story. -Doris Lessing

Blending hard-bitten realism with long-view optimism, Obama said that every 20 or 30 years brings a new cycle of pessimism in America. -Ron Fournier

When thinking about the future, it is fashionable to be pessimistic. Yet the evidence unequivocally belies such pessimism. Over the past centuries, humanity's lot has improved dramatically – in the developed world, where it is rather obvious, but also in the developing world, where life expectancy has more than doubled in the past 100 years. -Bjorn Lomborg

Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the human future. -Jaron Lanier

Churches can become places of cynicism, resistance, and pessimism. -John Ortberg

Don't pessimism and caution naturally go hand in hand? -Lynne Truss

When a country is strong… it accepts any dose of pessimism from its writers. -Michel Houellebecq

Germany's Angela Merkel exudes an atmosphere of elderly exhaustion and pooped-out pessimism. Britain's David Cameron, though by nature exuberant, feels he has to look and sound glum. And France's leader, Francois Hollande, seems determined to drive every successful businessman out of the country. -Paul Johnson

The reason why there is more pessimism about technology in Europe has to do with history, the use of databases to keep track of people in the camps, ecological disasters. -Evgeny Morozov

When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, have you grown old. -Samuel Ullman

Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I'm a realist. -Margaret Atwood

I'm British; pessimism is my wheelhouse. -John Oliver

Optimism isn't funny unless you are laughing at the person, whereas extreme pessimism is extremely funny. It's exaggeration. -Steve Toltz

We were poor, my mother and I, living in a world of doom and gloom, pessimism and bitterness, where storms raged and wolves scratched at the door. -Said Sayrafiezadeh

Many young Muslims see no opportunities for themselves and do not feel they have control over their lives or a stake in their nation's future. Such pessimism leads to disengagement. We risk losing a generation of young Muslims to apathy and extremism. -Najib Razak

The older books were quite light-hearted. But I think most of my novels do end on a deep note of pessimism. Shadows seem to be closing in. The final conclusion isn't that life is wonderful and everything is bright and cheery and in the garden. -Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

There's nothing particularly wrong with being more pessimistic than optimistic. Optimism is broad-based, non-detail-oriented thinking; pessimism is detail-oriented thinking. -David Rakoff

Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute. It's the expectation of a positive outcome. -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong. -Antony Beevor

Both hope and pessimism are deeply contagious. And no one is more infectious than a leader. -John Ortberg

It's fashionable in some circles to be pessimistic about America, about conservative solutions, about the Republican Party. I utterly reject that pessimism. -Mitt Romney

It is true that I am not one of those who laugh at utopias. The utopia of today can become the reality of tomorrow. Utopias are conceived by optimistic logic which regards constant social and political progress as the ultimate goal of human endeavor; pessimism would plunge a hopeless mankind into a fresh cataclysm. -Charles Albert Gobat

I wouldn't say that I relax and enjoy anything. But I think my pessimism helps. I never really expect anything good to happen, so when it does, it's a nice surprise. -Rivers Cuomo

With the sole exception of President Bill Clinton, whose 'bridge to the 21st century' evoked the vision and optimism of other great Democratic presidents of the 20th century, such as FDR and John F. Kennedy, pessimism about America's economic future has been the hallmark of modern progressivism. -Bernard L. Schwartz

It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. -Orison Swett Marden

I first read Dostoyevsky when I was 14 years old and was entranced. Dostoyevsky truly is a writer for 14-year-olds, and I mean that in the most approving way – approving of his energy, and rage, his endless pessimism, and endless innocence. -Joshua Cohen

Sometimes pessimism or optimism gets popular, and it's contagious. -Edward C. Prescott

I think, instead of the pessimism of the Remain campaign, we have an opportunity to think of the next generation. If we have faith in their talent, in their generosity, in their hard work, we can, if we leave the E.U., ensure the next generation makes this country once more truly great. -Michael Gove

I think it is a luxury and privilege to be sane and well and pessimistic. Because with depression, you have no other option. You don't want that pessimism, because it is crushing you and keeping you down at the bottom of the well. -Matt Haig

I think a certain degree of pessimism is actually helpful to love. -Alain de Botton

I'd like very much to make a confident picture. I would like to be as good as nature, which, with a shower, produces flowers and grass to cover the destruction. But we are surrounded by human fragmentation, by pessimism, and it is difficult to talk of other things. -Federico Fellini

Science fiction always has had strains of pessimism and optimism weaving through its historical development, sometimes one dominating and then the other, usually depending on the state of the world. -James Gunn

I have never met an intelligent optimist. That is not to say I think pessimism makes you intelligent, but I have always felt like an Old Testament Jeremiah or Cassandra from ancient Greece. I want to run down the streets warning people. -Howard Jacobson

I'm a pessimist. But I think I'd describe my pessimism as broken-hearted optimism. -Ellen Ullman

Young people have a right to optimism, and rightly so; human beings have grown and developed and accomplished wonderful feats in the world. But what mires me in pessimism is the fact that so much of life is pain and sorrow and willful ignorance and violence, and pushing back against that tide takes so much effort, so much steady fight. It's tiring. -Jesmyn Ward

As long as we can imagine a better path, of course we are obligated to seek it. This is why unwarranted pessimism about our future is actually irresponsible. -David Grinspoon

I find the strongest predictor of people who do well at Shopify is whether they see opportunity as something to compete for, or do they see opportunity as essentially everywhere and unlimited? It's a rough proxy for pessimism and optimism. -Tobias Lutke

It fails everybody, pretty much, the American Dream, but people are driven by it. I don't think we're driven by the same sense of hope in Europe. We're driven by pessimism more. -Andrew Haigh

I definitely grew up on Garfield. I just loved his pessimism. -El-P

It's much more fun to be full of hope than pessimism any day of the week. -Lemmy

Thanks to my Buddhist faith, to the positivity that arose from prayer, I put the optimism of determination before the pessimism of logic and reason. -Roberto Baggio

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