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“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind.”
“The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little”
“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.”
“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.”
“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose”
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power”
“Don't ever become a pessimist, Ira; a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun--and neither can stop the march of events.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“A pessimist only sees 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 L. Levinson
“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.”
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