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William James

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Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
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Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
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Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.
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How about we call it lovingly fucking your brains out?
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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
HELEN KELLER
There's probably a little greater case for pessimism than optimism. But I do not rule out optimism.
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Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
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There's a lot of optimism in the sector and not a lot of pessimism.
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Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
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...if you live feeling like
Your glass is half empty, well,
It may as well be empty all th...
MATTIE J.T. STEPANEK
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too litt...
MARK TWAIN
Optimism is denial for chumps with no life experience".
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"Relig...
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So desperate was Kugel for things to turn out for the best, proclaimed Professor Jove, that he could...
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Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I'm a realist.
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Seeing the mud around a lotus is pessimism, seeing a lotus in the mud is optimism.
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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
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We are afraid that our freedoms and liberties will be infringed in the future.
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I wouldn't know where to start."
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Optimism is a seed sown in the soil of faith; pessimism is a seed hoarded in the vault of doubt.
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Fear leads to death as the window to the courtyard. Jump!
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You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down
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He who has never hoped can never despair
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Sarcasm driven by compassion is not a curse, but an unpleasant by-product of a blessing.
AHMED SIDDIQUI
I still think sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin.
G.K. CHESTERTON
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Doubt never brings anything better; Doubt only gets the goodies of doubt! Shake your doubt!
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What a pessimist you are!" exclaimed Candide.
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Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information.
IDRIES SHAH
تشاؤمُ العقل .. تفاؤلُ الإرادة
ANTONIO GRAMSCI
Sarcasm driven by compassion is not a curse, but an unpleasant by-product of a blessing.
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When you are a pessimist and the bad thing happens, you live it twice," Amos liked to say. "Once whe...
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The optimist's hope and the pessimist's despair: reciprocal illusions.
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Though nihilism has been relentlessly criticized for overemphasizing the dark side of human experien...
JOHN MARMYSZ
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Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn a...
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A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
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Man is a complex being who makes deserts bloom and lakes die
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He who has never hoped can never despair
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Men are always optimists when they look inwards, and pessimists when they look around them.
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For you the cup isn't half full or half empty, you're always topping it up.
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Some investors have returned to pick up the stock at bargain prices.
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Never be depressed about something you have the power to change.
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Never be depressed about something you have the power to change.
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If we lose our optimism, we lose our greatest power to make things better.
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Hang Out With Optimistic People. Use power of peer influence to feed your sense of optimism.
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I believe in the power of weakness.
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The mind is an intricate mechanism that can be run on the fuels of both victory and defeatism.
PAT CONROY
Even in weakness there can be power.
MARGARET BUFFIE
Power was my weakness and my temptation.
J.K. ROWLING
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Life belongs to optimists. Pessimists are just viewers. Making it real, starts with our attitude.
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My life is not mine - it is for my people – the humans – the humans of the thinking society.
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WILLIAM JAMES
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
WILLIAM JAMES
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
WILLIAM JAMES
To change one's life: 1. Starte immediately, 2. Do it flamboyantly, 3. No exceptions. -William Jame...
WILLIAM JAMES
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our...
WILLIAM JAMES
Beyond the very extremity of fatigue distress, amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourse...
WILLIAM JAMES
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor i...
WILLIAM JAMES
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
WILLIAM JAMES
Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common ha...
WILLIAM JAMES
I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
WILLIAM JAMES
This paper gives wrong solutions to trivial problems. The basic error, however, is not new.
WILLIAM JAMES
Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.
WILLIAM JAMES
Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
WILLIAM JAMES
No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments ma...
WILLIAM JAMES
Get but that "peace of God which passeth understanding," and the questions of the understanding will...
WILLIAM JAMES
The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success is our national disease.
WILLIAM JAMES
First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and...
WILLIAM JAMES
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendships and i...
WILLIAM JAMES
The university most worthy of rational admiration is that one in which your lonely thinker can feel ...
WILLIAM JAMES
The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways...
WILLIAM JAMES
Cramming seeks to stamp things in by intense application immediately before the ordeal. But a thing ...
WILLIAM JAMES
Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is...
WILLIAM JAMES
The highest flights of charity, devotion, trust, patience, bravery to which the wings of human natur...
WILLIAM JAMES
An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: 'There is very little difference ...
WILLIAM JAMES
Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along ...
WILLIAM JAMES
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.
WILLIAM JAMES
Truth, as any dictionary will tell you, is a property of certain of our ideas. It means their "agree...
WILLIAM JAMES