pessimism

A Quote by Reginald B. Mansell on difficulty, opportunity, optimism, and pessimism

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

Reginald B. Mansell

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on choice, evil, and pessimism

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on pessimism

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on facts, good, joy, kindness, life, men, men and women, people, pessimism, reflection, and women

It is understandable how some people could give way to this kind of pervasive pessimism, but we speak of a gospel which brings good tidings of great joy and this must be reflected in our lives, if we are to be believable especially as we suggest to others that there is, in fact, not only a better way, but also the way. Scriptures that speak of man as a being who "might have joy" have more impact when falling from the lips or pens of men and women whose lives give fresh evidence of the validity of that scripture.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: A More Excellent Way, , © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on balance, christ, citizenship, community, day, good, jesus, life, nations, optimism, pessimism, seriousness, sharing, and work

Naive optimism and pervasive pessimism are both to be avoided, therefore. It's not an easy balance to maintain, to be asked to work away in the Ninevehs of our lives without being so conscious of the coming cataclysm that we are not serious citizens of our communities and nations. By living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are doing the most relevant thing we can do by way of helping. (There are civic and other chores to be done, of course.) Day in and day out, the gospel is the one thing that is most relevant, and we are to be of good cheer.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Deposition of a Disciple, , © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Mark Twain on pessimism

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by L.P. Jacks on difficulty, opportunity, optimism, and pessimism

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.

L.P. Jacks

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A Quote by Jorge Granados on optimism and pessimism

An optimist sees a light where there is none. A pessimist comes and turns it off. Una optimista ve una luz adónde no hay. Una pesemista viene y lo apaga.

Jorge Granados

Source: Mark and Barbara Hall Collection.

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A Quote by James Branch Cabell on fear, optimism, and pessimism

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

James Cabell (1879 - 1958)

Source: 'The Silver Stallion' (1926)

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on optimism and pessimism

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

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