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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.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

Pessimism never won any battle.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) Thirty-fourth President of the USA.

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.

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

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-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 (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.


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, short story writer, and poet.

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish 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 (1933-2004) American author.

There is nothing sadder than a young pessimist.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

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

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.