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  A pessimist confronted with two bad choices, chooses both.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is color-blind.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll: The optimist sees the the doughnut; the pessimist the hole.  
 -  Anon
  

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

  Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.  
 -  Bruce Lee
  

  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
  

  An optimist thinks this is the best of all worlds. A pessimist fears the same may be true.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

  A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  I have never seen pessimists make anything work, or contribute anything of lasting value.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  I have never seen pessimists make anything work, or contribute anything of lasting value.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.  
 -  Janeane Garofalo
  

  Since I gave up hope, I feel so much better.  
 -  John Osborne
  

  The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

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

  Pessimist: the optimist who didn't arrive.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.  
 -  Robert G. Allen
  

  The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.  
 -  Robert Lowell
  

  It's more than a little comforting to know that people can become happier, that pessimists can become optimists, and that stressed and negative brains can be trained to see more possibility. The competitive edge is available to all who put in the effort.  
 -  Shawn Achor
  

  A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  There are no optimistic or pessimistic personalities. There are only single, individual choices for optimistic or pessimistic thoughts.  
 -  Steve Chandler
  

  You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you stronger, they're making you weaker.  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  Every person has the power to make others happy. Some do it simply by entering a room, others by leaving the room. Some individuals leave trails of gloom; others, trails of joy. Some leave trails of hate and bitterness; others, trails of love and harmony. Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism; others trails of faith and optimism. Some leave trails of criticism and resignation; others trails of gratitude and hope. What kind of trails do you leave?  
 -  William Arthur Ward
  

  The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.  
 -  William Arthur Ward
  

  Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.  
 -  William James
  

  Dear Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist, While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of water, I drank it! Sincerely, The Opportunist  
 -  Unknown
  

  The optimist laughs to forget. The pessimist forgets to laugh.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Pessimist: A person who says that O is the last letter of ZERO, instead of the first letter in OPPORTUNITY.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Life's too short to waste on pessimism, boredom and disillusionment.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Inspiration moves one from Pessimism to Optimism, from Doubt to Faith, from Despair to Hope, and from Darkness to Light!  
 -  Unknown
  

  A negative thinker makes everything worse, heavier, and harder. A positive thinker makes everything better, lighter, and easier.  
 -  Unknown