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Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed. ⏤ Bruce Lee

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I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes -- until I met a man who had no feet.

Yiddish Proverbs,

He that falls by himself never cries.


It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

Confucius, philosopher

I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.

Romain Rolland, novelist

Those who complain about the way the ball bounces are often the ones who dropped it.


Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain.

Robert A. Cook,

A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.

Lou Holtz, coach

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.

Anthony D'Angelo,

Don't complain that you are not getting what you want, Just be glad you are not getting what you deserve!


Never complain. Never explain.

Henry Ford, industrialist

One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.

Chinese Proverbs,

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

Harry S Truman, president

I find it unusual that it is more socially acceptable to complain about what you have than it is to ask for what you want.

Phil Lout,

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, novelist

One chops the wood, the other does the grunting.

Yiddish Proverbs,

What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?

Marquis De Custine, author

When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.

Ernest Renan, philosopher

What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.

Chuck Palahniuk, novelist

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

Jane Austen, writer

Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.

William Jefferson Clinton,

The pessimist sees only the tunnel; the optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel; the realist sees the tunnel and the light - and the next tunnel.

Sydney J. Harris, journalist

The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

Henry Wheeler Shaw,

Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.

Francois FeNelon, clergyman

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.

Clint Eastwood, actor

Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.

Benjamin Franklin, president

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.

Don Marquis, poet

Pessimism is as American as apple pie. Frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.

George Will, journalist

He cannot complain of a hard sentence, who is made master of his own fate.

Friedrich von Schiller, poet

I've never seen a monument erected for a pessimist.

Paul Harvey, journalist

Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.

Benny Hill, comedian

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.

Edmund Burke, statesman

What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.

Horace, poet

Pessimism never won any battle.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, president

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.

Samuel Johnson, author

I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.

Janeane Garofalo, comedian

A pessimist is one who has been compelled to live with an optimist.

Elbert Hubbard, writer

The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.

Lord Jeffrey,

If you pray for rain, don't be surprised if you're struck by lightning.

Damien Cannon,

I doubt anyone will ever see -- anywhere -- a memorial to a pessimist.


I believe in grumbling; it is the politest form of fighting known.

Edward W. Howe,

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

Norman Cousins, author

Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.

Elias Canetti, author

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

Mark Twain, author

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them?

Francis Parker Yockey, writer

The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.


One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.

Ian McEwan, author

We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.

Gordon B. Hinckley, clergyman

To hear complaints is tiresome to the miserable and the happy.


It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.

Desiderius Erasmus, philosopher

The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.

Heywood Broun, journalist

Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.

Thomas L. Friedman,

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

W.B. Yeats,

Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.

Arnold Bennett, novelist

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Intelligence is nothing without delight.

Paul Claudel, dramatist

It is the growling man who lives a dog's life.

Coleman Cox,

Rich folks always talk hard times.

Lillian Smith, novelist

Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.

Jonathan Swift, writer

When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others.


Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.

Samuel Johnson, author

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.

Jane Wagner, comedian

In the long run, the pessimist may be proven right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.

Daniel Readon,

If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it the light of the oncoming train.

Robert Lowell, poet

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

Helen Keller, author

The taste for worst-case scenarios reflects the need to master fear of what is felt to be uncontrollable. It also expresses an imaginative complicity with disaster.

Susan Sontag, author

We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the lives of those around us and rob them of their sunshine and brightness than we have to enter their houses and still their silverware.

Julia Moss Seton,

The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.

Agnes Repplier, writer

I find the pessimist to be, if not exactly pleasant, then at least sincere. You always know what a pessimist is thinking, and if you don

Christopher Orlet,

The sun was shining in my eyes, and I could barely see to do the necessary task that was allotted me. Resentment of the vivid glow I started to complain. When all at once upon the air I heard the blind man's cane.

Earl Musselman,

Pessimism is as American as apple pie - frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.

George Will, journalist

I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out, we'd talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine.

Wole Soyinka, dramatist

When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.

John Milton, poet

Sometimes fiction is more easily understood than true events. Reality is often pathetic.

Young-ha Kim,

Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.

Thomas Hardy, novelist

When any anxiety or gloom of the mind takes hold of you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaining; but exert yourselves to hide it, and by endeavoring to hide it you drive it away.


Man, at least when educated, is a pessimist. He believes it safer not to reflect on his achievements; Jove is known to strike such people down.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.

E. M. Cioran,

Pessimism only describes an attitude, and not facts, and hence is entirely subjective.

Francis Parker Yockey, writer

There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators.

Jim Ferree,

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.

Patricia Ireland, activist

You know how both life and porno movies end. The only difference is life starts with the orgasm.

Chuck Palahniuk, novelist

There is one topic peremptorily forbidden to all well-bred, to all rational mortals, namely, their distempers. If you have not slept, or if you have slept, or if you have headache, or sciatica, or leprosy, or thunder-stroke, I beseech you, by all angels, to hold your peace, and not pollute the morning.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

It is a quite remarkable fact that the great religions of the most civilized peoples are more deeply fraught with sadness than the simpler beliefs of earlier societies. This certainly does not mean that the current of pessimism is eventually to submerge the other, but it proves that it does not lose ground and that it does not seem destined to disappear.

Emile Durkheim, sociologist

Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.

James Baldwin, educator

You've got to take the bitter with the sour.

Samuel Goldwyn, producer

When things are at their blackest, I say to myself, 'Cheer up, things could be worse.' And sure enough, they get worse.

Robert Lynn Asprin,

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

James Branch Cabell, novelist

In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world.

Bob Brown, politician

Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.

Sir William Temple,

There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism. But I do not rule out optimism.

Jim Leach, politician

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger.

Emilio Estevez, actor

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

George Will, journalist

A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.

Walter Winchell, journalist

I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.

Joe Walsh,

If all complaints had to be accompanied by the submission of a delicious sandwich then fewer people would voice them while more would be willing to listen.

Michael Wakcher,

It is rare indeed that there is not ample occasion for grumbling.

John Wagstaff,

I think a compliment ought to always precede a complaint, where one is possible, because it softens resentment and insures for the complaint a courteous and gentle reception.

Mark Twain, author

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