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Quotes, Aphorisms, Laws, and Thoughts
Optimism & Pessimism
A lot of people become pessimists from financing optimists.
A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.
Philander Chase Johnson (1866-1939)
I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)
It is impossible for an optimist to be pleasantly surprised.
Optimists and pessimists differ only on the date of the end of the world.
Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909-1966)
Smile, they said,
It could be worse.
So, I did
And it was.
Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
W.C. Fields (1879-1946)
The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It is twice as large as it needs to be.
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell (1879-1955)
Twixt the optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut
But the pessimist sees the hole.