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89,626.  The prospect Smiler was a manic farmer.  Few men I think can have been as unfortunate as he; for on the one hand he was a melancholic with a loathing for mankind, on the other, some paralysis had twisted his mouth into a permanent and radiant smile.  So everyone he met, being warmed by his smile, would shout him a happy greeting.  And beaming upon them with his sunny face he would curse them all to hell.  (Countryside & Farmer & Pessimism & Disability)  Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie 

 

 

88,491.  My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.  (Sincerity & Pessimism)  Edmond Rostand

 

 

6,715.  We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.  (Intellect & Pessimism)  John Kenneth Galbraith

 

 

7,457.  Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information.  (Information & Pessimism & Optimism)  Idries Shah, Refections

 

 

50,583.  There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.  (Sadness & Pessimism)  Mark Twain

 

 

84,962.  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, Canadian singer and writer, Observer 2nd May 1993

 

 

84,963.  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, An Unsocial Socialist

 

 

28,316.  In the United States today we have more than our fair share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.  (United States & Pessimism)  Spiro T Agnew, American Republican politician 1918-1996

 

 

84,964.  Nothing to do but work,

Nothing to eat but food,

Nothing to wear but clothes

To keep one from going nude. 

 

Nowhere to go but out,

Nowhere to come but back.  Benjamin Franklin King, The Pessimist

 

 

84,965.  ‘I hope to-morrow will be a fine day, Lane.’

 

‘It never is, sir.’

 

‘Lane, you're a perfect pessimist.’

 

‘I do my best to give satisfaction, sir.’  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

 

 

84,971.  Pessimist:  One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.  Oscar Wilde   

 

 

84,966.  ‘What a pessimist you are!’ exclaimed Candide.

 

‘That is because I know what life is,’ said Martin.  Voltaire, Candide 

 

 

84,967.  I’m beginning to think the only choice anyone has in life is between either a bad choice or a worse one.  (Pessimism & Choice)  Sherrilyn Kenyon, Infamous 

 

 

84,968.  The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one.  But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole!  We are like lambs in a field, disporting themselves under the eye of the butcher, who chooses out first one and then another for his prey.  Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Suffering of the World 

 

 

84,969.  There is not much to be got anywhere in the world.  It is filled with misery and pain; if a man escapes these, boredom lies in wait for him at every corner.  Nay more; it is evil which generally has the upper hand, and folly that makes the most noise.  Fate is cruel and mankind pitiable.  Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life

 

 

84,970.  We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.  John Kenneth Galbraith

 

 

84,972.  If you expect the worst from a person, you can’t ever be disappointed.  Only the disappointed resort to violence.  The pessimist, which is another way of saying the Augustinian, takes a sort of gloomy pleasure in observing the depths to which human behaviour can sink.  The more sin he sees, the more his belief in Original Sin is confirmed.  Everyone likes to have his deepest convictions confirmed; that is one of the most abiding of human satisfactions.  Anthony Burgess, The Wanting Seed 1962   

 

 

84,973.  This is a pleasant surprise, Archie.  I would not have believed it.  That of course is the advantage of being a pessimist; a pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.  Nero Wolfe, Fer-de-Lance 1934

 

 

95,073.  ... There are bad times just around the corner,

The horizon's gloomy as can be;

There are black birds over

The greyish cliffs of Dover,

And the rats are preparing to leave the BBC ... (BBC & Pessimism)  Noel Coward, There are Bad Times Just Around the Corner

 

95,074.  ... There are bad times just around the corner,

We can all look forward to despair,

It's as clear as crystal

From Bridlington to Bristol

That we can’t save democracy and we don’t much care ...  (Democracy & Pessimism & Despair)  ibid.

 

 

97,487.  Blair and New Labour thrive on pessimism … The antidote to pessimism is the understanding that we do make a difference.  Blair didn’t scrap the Poll Tax – we did.  New Labour didn’t end apartheid – we did.  What keeps campaigners going is not a naïve faith that one sugary day we can make the world a better place, but the knowledge that defying authority already makes the world a better place.  (Activism & Campaign & Solidarity & Pessimism & Labour Party)  Mark Steel, Reasons to be Cheerful

 

 

109,188.  When it comes to pessimism even Leonardo has some way to go to match the despair of Hieronymus Bosch.  (Renaissance & Art & Artist & Pessimism)  Waldemar Januszczak, The Renaissance Unchained IV: Hell, Snakes and Giants, BBC 2017

 

109,189.  His most famous picture The Garden of Earthly Delights in the Prado, that extraordinary theme-park of sin, is a triptych packed with so much bad news that I can’t deal with it all once.  (Renaissance & Art & Artist & Pessimism)  ibid. 

 

109,190.  In the marvellous Renaissance action art of Bernard Palissy, something new appeared in the world - ceramics that pack a punch.  And the pessimism of the Renaissance found one of its most inventive outlets.  (Renaissance & Art & Pessimism)  ibid.