Quotes on Optimism and pessimism


The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.  ~Robert Brault

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.  ~Gil Stern

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note-Book, 1927

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.  ~George F. Will, The Leveling Wind

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.  ~Leonard Louis Levinson

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan

An optimist is the human personification of spring.  ~Susan J. Bissonette

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.  ~Harry Truman

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.  ~Irv Kupcinet

Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.  ~Robert Brault,

Being an optimist after you’ve got everything you want doesn’t count.  ~Kin Hubbard

Optimists are nostalgic about the future.  ~Chicago Tribune

Optimism is the foundation of courage.  ~Nicholas Murray Butler

An optimist is someone who figures that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s the bluebird of happiness.  ~Robert Brault

Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.  ~Douglas Jerrold, “Meeting Troubles Half-Way,” 1859

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

It doesn’t hurt to be optimistic.  You can always cry later.  ~Lucimar Santos de Lima

It’s still possible to be a cockeyed optimist these days – you just have to be a little more cockeyed.  ~Robert Brault,

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.  ~James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926

Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant – the digitalis of failure.  ~Elbert Hubbard

An optimist is merely an ex-pessimist with his pockets full of money, his digestion in good condition, and his wife in the country.  ~Helen Rowland

Pessimist:  One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.  ~Oscar Wilde

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

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.  ~Mark Twain

The realist sees reality as concrete.  The optimist sees reality as clay.  ~Robert Brault,

If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well, this isn’t too bad.  I don’t have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed,” but most of us would say something more along the lines of “Aaaaah! My arm! My arm!”  ~Lemony Snicket

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.  ~Oscar Wilde

How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right?  ~Robert Mallett, Apostilles, 1972

an optimist is a guy
that has never had
much experience.
~Don Marquis, archy and mehitabel, 1927

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.  ~Havelock Ellis,The Dance of Life, 1923

Always borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn’t expect to be paid back.  ~Author Unknown

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