A Quote by Leonard Cohen on pessimism, waiting, and reality

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

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A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on optimism, pessimism, duality, and reality

To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: The Miracle of Mindfulness (1999)

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A Quote by M J Ryan on childhood, negativity, pessimism, optimism, joy, happiness, gratitude, therapy, and change

"Like so many of us, I spent a great deal of my life....cataloging all the ways I had been injured and abused...I analyzed and categorized the whos, whats and wheres of my misery.  I was a confirmed pessimist, always able to see the dark side of anything and everything.  My belief was that life was hard and disaster was looming around every corner...Despite life's difficulties, it was my responsibility to do all the good I could and become the best person I could be...I started to notice the dearth of positive emotions in my life...I knew precious little about joy, happiness, optimism, faith and trust....That's when I learned that you don't have to be saddled for life with mental attitudes you adopted in childhood.  All of us are free to change our minds, and as we change our minds, our experiences will also change."

M J Ryan

Source: Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life, Pages: 3...5

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A Quote by William Goldman on optimism, pessimism, doubt, survival, film quote, and the princess bride

"We'll never survive!"
"Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has."

William Goldman

Source: The Princess Bride

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on hate, pessimism, and pessimist

Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by unknown on try, fail, failure, optimism, pessimism, and self-confidence

When a person says, "I'll try," the part he doesn't say is "but I'll probably fail."


Source: Unknown

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A Quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer on optimist, pessimist, optimism, pessimism, wise, and wisdom

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)


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A Quote by Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on optimism and pessimism

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

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on difficulty, opportunity, optimism, and pessimism

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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