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The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.  ~Robert Brault


Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.  ~Gil Stern


A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note-Book, 1927


The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.  ~George F. Will, The Leveling Wind


A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them.  ~Leonard Louis Levinson


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


An optimist is the human personification of spring.  ~Susan J. Bissonette


A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.  ~Harry Truman


An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.  ~Irv Kupcinet


Being an optimist after you've got everything you want doesn't count.  ~Kin Hubbard


Optimists are nostalgic about the future.  ~Chicago Tribune


Optimism is the foundation of courage.  ~Nicholas Murray Butler


Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.  ~Douglas Jerrold, "Meeting Troubles Half-Way," 1859


In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.  ~Daniel L. Reardon


It doesn't hurt to be optimistic.  You can always cry later.  ~Lucimar Santos de Lima


The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.  ~James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926


Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant - the digitalis of failure.  ~Elbert Hubbard


An optimist is merely an ex-pessimist with his pockets full of money, his digestion in good condition, and his wife in the country.  ~Helen Rowland


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


A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad.  An optimist is a man who hopes they are.  ~Chauncey Mitchell Depew


There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.  ~Mark Twain


If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, "Well, this isn't too bad.  I don't have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed," but most of us would say something more along the lines of "Aaaaah! My arm! My arm!"  ~Lemony Snicket


The basis of optimism is sheer terror.  ~Oscar Wilde


How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right?  ~Robert Mallett, Apostilles, 1972


an optimist is a guy
that has never had
much experience.
~Don Marquis, archy and mehitabel, 1927


The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.  ~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923


Always borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn't expect to be paid back.  ~Author Unknown


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