pessimism

A Quote by Bill Vaughan on optimism and pessimism

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

Bill Vaughan

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on men, pessimism, weakness, and wisdom

Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: Mark Twain: The Ink of History. Address at the University of Missouri, December 1935

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A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on art, conversation, god, jobs, judgment, language, pessimism, problems, and thought

In my opinion it is not the writer's job to solve such problems as God, pessimism, etc; his job is merely to record who, under what conditions, said or thought what about God or pessimism. The artist is not meant to be a judge of his characters and what they say; his only job is to be an impartial witness. I heard two Russians in a muddled conversation about pessimism, a conversation that solved nothing; all I am bound to do is reproduce that conversation exactly as I heard it. Drawing conclusions is up to the jury, that is, the readers. My only job is to be talented, that is, to know how to distinguish important testimony from unimportant, to place my characters in the proper light and speak their language.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Source: To Alexei Suvorin, May 30, 1888

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A Quote by Antoine R. Ivins on belief, difficulty, effort, faith, future, god, nature, needs, optimism, order, pessimism, purpose, time, and work

This is a time when we need faith, faith of a very definite and positive nature, the faith that will lead us to optimism. I believe that pessimism grows out of a lack of faith, and that if we have the right type of faith, we will be optimistic about the future. It may be true that the immediate future may have difficulties for us, but I feel that out of it all will grow a realization of the purposes of God. And it should be our purpose to develop and maintain in our hearts, if we can, faith in God and in the ultimate consummation of his purposes - a faith that will unite us in a solid, coherent group. We must, of course, in order to do that, develop faith in each other. Without that faith we are not likely to go far in promoting the work of the Lord. If we could properly unite our efforts, all of our temporal difficulties could be overcome, I am sure. If and when we overcome, it will be only because we unite in our purpose through faith in each other.

Antoine R. Ivins (1881 - 1967)

Source: Conference Report, October 1950, p. 53.

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on force, hope, optimism, pessimism, and philosophy

PESSIMISM, n. A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on god, optimism, and pessimism

OPTIMIST, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. A pessimist applied to God for relief.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on history, observation, optimism, pessimism, philosophy, and world

I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: AutobiographicaI note written for a French translation of his poems

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