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Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
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.
When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, have you grown old.
Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
Gordon B. Hinckley
Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I'm a realist.
Germany's Angela Merkel exudes an atmosphere of elderly exhaustion and pooped-out pessimism. Britain's David Cameron, though by nature exuberant, feels he has to look and sound glum. And France's leader, Francois Hollande, seems determined to drive every successful businessman out of the country.
Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
I don't think in terms of optimism and pessimism when writing a story. I am telling a story.
We were poor, my mother and I, living in a world of doom and gloom, pessimism and bitterness, where storms raged and wolves scratched at the door.
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute. It's the expectation of a positive outcome.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it's all at, it's what lights the fire.
I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
Pessimism is as American as apple pie - frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
Pessimism is my default setting.
Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
Pessimism never won any battle.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out, we'd talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine.
Churches can become places of cynicism, resistance, and pessimism.
There's nothing particularly wrong with being more pessimistic than optimistic. Optimism is broad-based, non-detail-oriented thinking; pessimism is detail-oriented thinking.
There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism. But I do not rule out optimism.
I ceased using words like optimism and pessimism a long time ago.
With the sole exception of President Bill Clinton, whose 'bridge to the 21st century' evoked the vision and optimism of other great Democratic presidents of the 20th century, such as FDR and John F. Kennedy, pessimism about America's economic future has been the hallmark of modern progressivism.
Bernard L. Schwartz
My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.
I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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