37 Quotes About Pessimism


Negative thinking is what propels the pessimistic side of any circumstance. These quotes about pessimism is what will bring you the type of encouragement you need.

“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”

“Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.”

“Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.”

“Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular.”

“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.”

“I don’t think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them?”

“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”

“If you expect the worst, you’ll never be disappointed.”

“If you reach for the stars, you just might land on a decently sized hill.”

“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.”

“It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.”

“It is true that I am not one of those who laugh at utopias. The utopia of today can become the reality of tomorrow. ”

“Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.”

“Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I’m a realist.”

“Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it’s all at, it’s what lights the fire.”

“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.”

“Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.”

“Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.”

“Someone who smiles too much with you can sometime frown too much with you at your back.”

“Sometimes fiction is more easily understood than true events. Reality is often pathetic.”

“Sorrow spares no one, and scars respect no person.”

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.”

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”

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

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

“What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.”

“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.”

“When thinking about the future, it is fashionable to be pessimistic. Yet the evidence unequivocally belies such pessimism.”

“You know how both life and porno movies end. The only difference is life starts with the orgasm.”

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”

Letting negative thinking take over will give too much of your power away.

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