An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


No good deed goes unpunished.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American author)


The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.


Heywood Broun (1888-1939, American journalist, novelist)


The pessimist is half-licked before he starts.


Thomas A. Buckner


Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


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


Damien Cannon


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 (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.


Bill Clinton (1946-, American President (42nd))


The wisdom of all ages and cultures emphasizes the tremendous power our thoughts have over our character and circumstances.


Liane Cordes


You can't be pessimistic, because there are so many things that go wrong every day that if you were to be negative or pessimistic, you'd go out of business.


John DePasquale


A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are.


Chauncey Depew (1834-1928, American lawyer, businessman, public official)


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 (1858-1917, French sociologist)


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 (1930-, American actor, director, politician, composer, musician, producer)


We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Pessimism never won any battle.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


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 (1908-, American economist)


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 (1908-, American economist)


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 (1964-, American comedian, actress)


You've got to take the bitter with the sour.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


To oppose something is to maintain it.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


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


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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 (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


There comes no adventure but wears to our soul the shape of our everyday thoughts.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


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


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


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


Ian McEwan (1948-, British author)


The enslaver is enslaved, the hater, harmed.


Marianne Moore (1887-1972, American poet)


By putting his hand around my neck, he slowly strangled himself.


Minako Ohba


The one who deals the mortal blow receives the mortal wound.


Maude Parker


A greedy person and a pauper are practically one and the same.


Swiss Proverb


Wrapped within rags might be gold


Thai Proverb


A weapon is an enemy even to its owner.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


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


Daniel Readon


In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe, we graft into our very soul.


Mary Renault


The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


You can't pay attention to your mistakes. I made a mistake today, I made a mistake yesterday. I think it's... very important to ignore the negative.


Jerry Rubin (1938-1994, American activist, author, entrepreneur)


Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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


Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991, Polish-born American journalist,  writer)


The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontrollable. It also expresses an imaginative complicity with disaster.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


You define a good flight by negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food. So you're grateful.


Paul Theroux (1941-, American novelist, travel writer)


Hate smolders and eventually destroys, not the hated but the hater.


Dorothy Thompson


There is nothing sadder than a young pessimist.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


It is almost impossible to throw dirt on someone without getting a little on yourself.


Abigail Van Buren (1918-, American advice columnist, "Dear Abby")


Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.


George F. Will (1941-, American political columnist)


The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.


George F. Will (1941-, American political columnist)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.


Walter Winchell (1897-1972, American journalist)


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