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Funny Quotations about Optimism and Pessimism

quotations about optimism and pessimism

Optimism and pessimism, two contrasting perspectives that shape how individuals perceive and interact with the world, have been subjects of human fascination and contemplation for centuries. From the cheeriest optimist who sees every glass as half-full to the staunchest pessimist who is certain it's half-empty, these viewpoints provide a lens through which one's experiences are interpreted, influencing attitudes, responses, and outcomes. This collection of quotations aims to explore these dual aspects of human thought, offering insights from a diverse array of individuals who have navigated the spectrum between optimism and pessimism.

These quotations expose the humour, wisdom, and complexity that optimism and pessimism bring to our lives. As you delve into these words, remember that they are not merely binary opposites; rather, they are part of a continuum of human perception, serving as reminders of the multifaceted nature of our interpretations and experiences of the world.

"A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes that they are." Chauncey Depew (American businessman and politician, 1834-1928)

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is *true.*all there is.*false.* James Branch Cabell (American author, 1879-1958)

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." Winston Churchill (British Conservative statesman, 1874-1965)

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"I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will." Antonio Gramsci (Italian Marxist philosopher, 1891-1937)

"An optimist is someone who falls off the Empire State Building, and after 50 floors says, 'So far so good!'" Anon

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The place where optimism most flourishes is the *lunatic asylum.*seaside resort.*surface of the Moon.* Havelock Ellis (English physician, 1859-1939)

An optimist is a guy that has never had much *experience.*fun.*cake.* Don Marquis (American poet and journalist, 1878-1937)

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." Harry S. Truman (American Democratic statesman, 1884-1972)

"The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true." J. Robert Oppenheimer (American theoretical physicist, 1904-1967)

"Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists." Thomas L. Friedman (American political commentator and author, 1953-)

"An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out." George Jean Nathan (American critic and writer, 1882-1958)

"An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery." Walter Winchell (American journalist, 1897-1972)

"An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?" Michel de Saint-Pierre (French author, 1916-1987)

"The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!" Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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"I am by nature an optimist and by *intellectual conviction*chance*the love of God* a pessimist." William Golding (English novelist, 1911-93)

"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 1904-74

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." William Arthur Ward (American motivational writer, 1921-1994)

"The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

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"The optimist is as often wrong as the pessimist, but is far happier." Sydney J. Harris (American journalist , 1917-1986)

"I was going to buy a copy of 'The Power of Positive Thinking', and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?" Ronnie Shakes (American comedian, 1947-1987)

"I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin." Leonard Cohen (Canadian singer and writer, 1934-)

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 (American comedian, 1964-)

"The people who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how *yellow*shiny*boring* everything looks." Randall Jarrell (American poet, 1914-65)

"An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve." Ring Lardner (American writer, 1885-1933)

"What fresh hell is this?" Dorothy Parker (American critic and humorist, 1893-1967) on hearing the doorbell or a ringing telephone

"Pessimist: A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it." George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

"The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised." George F. Will (American columnist, 1941-)

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