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Definition of Pessimism


  1. The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the world is wholly evil; -- opposed to optimism.
  2. A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things.

Pessimism Quotations

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
William James

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 never won any battle.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
Arnold Bennett

Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I'm a realist.
Margaret Atwood
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Pessimism Translations

pessimism in Dutch is pessimisme, zwaartillendheid
pessimism in French is pessimisme
pessimism in German is Pessismismus
pessimism in Spanish is pesimismo
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