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Quotations for Motivation #28 --- Optimism
Quotations on Optimism
An advertisement came to our desk on which were the caricatures of three men. The first was a beaming optimist and the subtitle said, “not this.” The second was a gloomy pessimist, and the subtitle said, “not this.” The third was called a “peptimist,” a man going down the street as if he really meant business. The idea is an excellent one, for the optimist beams so much that his competitor is doing all the business. The world is really not so easy that one can be an optimist all the time. The pessimist is, obviously, his own enemy, for he gets so in the habit of grumbling that if something did happen he wouldn’t see it. The peptimist knows that he must make it a HABIT to keep digging for the higher gross amount of energy he puts into his work, the larger the chances are for the net results. Life is a rather grim business and the best way to stay anywhere above water is to get into the habit of trying to get results. Then when a good turn comes, it is easier to take advantage of it.
---Edith S. Farris, Troy Tribune, Troy, Mont., April 5, 1929.
Know what a peptimist is? Well, a peptimist is an optimist who does things. Robert Lansing says, "Optimism is the motive power of a successful life. Without it, labor lacks incentive and endeavor has no goal." Optimism is a form of faith, a faith in the possibilities of the future, a faith in the ability to overcome and to achieve. Optimism destroys suspicion and doubt, which have done more to prevent success and happiness than all the other mental evils to which man has fallen heir. No height is too steep, no reward too great, to be won by youthful energy if it be impelled by the magic touch of optimism. Look forward, look upward, and press onward with hope and confidence that all will be well. The peptimist is the man who reduces optimism to its most concrete form; while preaching optimism he is also "delivering the goods"‑‑and that's peptimism.
‑‑‑Beaver City Press, Beaver, Utah, Nov. 11, 1921.
The optimist does not record the shadows or remember the gloom. He covers all with light, floods it with sunshine, and—adds years of happy usefulness to his life.
---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., April 1905.
The man who can drill his thoughts, so as to shut out everything that is depressing and discouraging and see only the bright side even of his misfortunes and failures, has mastered the secret of happiness and success. He has made himself a magnet to draw friends, cheer, brightness, and good fortune to him. Everyone is pleased to see him. His presence is like a sunbeam on a dull day. There is no accomplishment, no touch of culture, no gift which will add so much to the alchemic power of life as the optimistic habit—the determination to be cheerful and happy no matter what comes to us. It will smooth rough paths, light up gloomy places, and melt away obstacles as the sunshine melts snow on the mountain side. It is the optimistic spirit that accomplishes. Optimism is the lever of civilization, the pivot on which all progress, whether of the individual or of the nation moves. Pessimism is the foe of progress. Gloom, despondency, lack of courage, failure of heat and hope—the whole miserable progeny of pessimism—are singly or collectively responsible for most of the failures and unhappiness of life. Long live the optimist! Without him the world would go backward instead of forward. In spite of all the beauties of earth and sky, without the sunshine of his face this world would be a dreary prison.
---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., March 1905.
A tremendous power permeates the life and solidifies the character from holding perpetually the life-thought, the truth-thought, the cheerful-thought, and the beauty-thought. The one who has the secret takes hold of the very fundamental principles of the universe, gets down to the verity of things, excludes all kinds of errors, and lives in reality itself. A sense of security, of power, of calmness, and of repose comes to the life that is conscious of being enveloped in the very center of truth and reality which can never come to those who live on the surface of things. It is impossible to estimate the value of the quality of our everyday habits of thought. It makes all the difference in the world whether these habits are healthful or morbid, and whether they lead to soundness or to rottenness. The quality of the thought fixes the quality of the ideal. The ideal cannot be high if the thought is low. It is worth everything to face life with the right outlook—a healthful, cheerful, optimistic outlook—with hope that has sunshine in it. It is easy to gauge the quality of a man’s outlook upon life the first time we meet him. We can tell whether there are traces of pessimism in it, whether he is soured by his unfortunate experience, disheartened by his discouragement, and whether he looks upon everybody with suspicion, or sees and believes in the best in everybody. If he tells us he believes every man has his price, we know there is something wrong with his outlook; but, if he is bright, cheerful, and hopeful, if he believes the race is pointing upward toward the millennium, if he congratulates himself because he was born in the nick of time and in the very best part of the world—if he believes in his fellow men, we know that he has a healthful outlook, and that he faces the right way. If he faces toward the light and follows the sun, he will never be in darkness. The shadows will always fall behind him. We believe in the man who believes in the best in his race; who thinks that all wrong is on the way to its suicide; who considers that discord is simply the absence of harmony, and has no real existence; who understands that darkness is only the absence of light; and wjho perceives that health is reality and disease is unreality.
---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., December 1905.
There is a true and sterling optimism which faces the sternest facts without flinching. Its grandeur overcomes the gloom. Its calm courage is undaunted by the dreariest outlook. It maintains that neither the best nor the worst is everything, but that we can ally ourselves with the best against the worst, and thus develop our fortitude and strength. Reverses and setbacks, rightly handled, help us to forge ahead afresh, whereas unbroken sunshine saps a people’s morale. The rude tempest evokes the mariner’s skill and causes the resolute traveler to push forward into its blast. Therefore let us work more and worry less, in order that children and old folk may be protected and personal and collective life be blessed. After all, a sane optimism pays big dividends, whereas chronic pessimism pays none. And these payments have values which money does not affect.
---S. Parkes Cadman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 15, 1931.
Criticism, given with a view to help by pointing out the defects and commending and encouraging the good, should always be welcomes. It is better not to criticize adversely unless something better can be suggested. Optimism is good and pessimism is to be shunned. The former encourages, strengthens, and builds up; the latter discourages, weakens and tears down. But optimism is not blindness, thinking that all is bright and beautiful and harmonious. The true optimist sees the defects and difficulties, but has faith in the triumph of right. He sees the need of activity in promoting the good and combatting the evil, and goes at it. Clear-thinking, level-headed, right-loving, far-seeing, optimistic men everywhere throughout our country are needs to bring the nation safely through the hour of unrest and readjustment.
---William Goodell Frost, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Feb. 5, 1920.
The true optimist is one who does his best always and therefore is not responsible for adverse conditions. No man is born a pessimist, but is himself responsible for becoming one. Whatever the conditions surrounding us, we should be buoyed up by hope. We are apt to permit trifles to disturb us, but there is no reason why all many not achieve happiness; it is the common heritage of us all. Wealth and high station are not requisites of happiness. It is a mistaken notion that we must accomplish great things in order to have happiness and contentment. That reward comes to those who make the most of their talents. The optimist knows that success does not depend upon good luck. Intelligence, if well directed, will bring success in any walk of life. The true optimist sees the maximum of good and the minimum of evil in the things about him, and is loyal to his friends. He gets more out of life and is less cast down than those who look on the dark side. He extracts a grain of comfort out of every circumstance of life.
---Charles Henry Robb, Vermont Phoenix, Brattleboro, Vt., June 23, 1911.
It is well to temper optimism with a deep rooted determination not to become upset should one or two cogs slip, and also not to become unrestrainingly exuberant. We should be feeling optimistic and acting optimistically. But let us all try to refrain from going to extremes alike in our expectations and in our actions.
---B.C. Forbes, Rochester Evening Journal, Rochester, N.Y., Nov. 6, 1922.
The whole matter of keeping young is a matter of the attitude and the tune of one’s spirit. We must be optimistic, we must believe in the outcome of things. We must have faith in life. We must be cheerful if we hope to preserve our youth. Then we must be open-minded, ready for new truth, not fossilized at forty, not sealed up against the messages of new days. It is quite possible behind a wrinkling brow and a whitening head to keep a spirit that refuses to be old.
---Burris A. Jenkins, St. Joseph Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo., July 27, 1930.
Every man makes his own future. He who stands bravely and patiently, submitting to obstacles and overcoming them, demonstrates and acquires strength. He who timidly flees in an hour of trial must give place to another. The pessimist closes his eyes against those favorable conditions that strengthen the heart, and closes likewise the door that opens into the field of usefulness.
---J.E. Gilbert, The Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Sept. 3, 1904.
Any man who is in a normal condition of body and mind is certain to be an optimist. We are made in that way, just as boats are built to run forward and not backward. It is part of our natural creed. Despondency, either in regard to ourselves or to things generally, is a form either of invalidism or of insanity. It is because human nature is constructed in that way that there has been made the progress to which history bears unhesitating testimony. There does exist in the world a tendency toward betterment. If only we are willing not to have existing evils so close to our eyes as to prevent our seeing anything else we appreciate the progressive drift of events and the gradual gain in the tone of men’s hopes and ideals.
---Charles H. Parkhurst, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, May 22, 1911.
Make the best of everything; think the best of everybody; hope the best for yourself. By so doing you will be lifting yourself and those about you to a higher plane of living.
---Omer L. Downey, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 17, 1911.
Optimism is a very real thing. It is a mental attitude which will not admit defeat. The call for optimism is not a call for a sickly smile, nor for an attitude that believes everything is alright. For everything is not alright. But the call for optimism is a call for determination to grow young in spirit and, in spite of defeat and disaster, to be ready to spring up again and attack the problem anew.
---Leigh Mitchell Hodges, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., June 13, 1918.
Have you particularly noticed the person who is always predicting that things will go wrong—who is a chronic calamity-howler? And have you ever wondered why that is? Richard E. Byrd calls it a defense mechanism for protection against disappointment. Perhaps the pessimist always looks on the dark side of life because he wants to be braced for the worst; then if things turn out right he will have a pleasant surprise instead of the disappointment that would have been his had he built his hopes too high. But a danger in saying that things will go wrong is that one may get to believing they will go wrong; and if one believes failure is certain, then one is likely to be convinced that there is no use in trying. Besides, a Gloomy Gus is not only depressing to himself, but to everybody else.
---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., April 15, 1941.
Optimism is life. Pessimism is slow suicide.
‑‑‑William C. Hunter, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., March 27, 1910.
An optimist is a fellow who has had his bad breaks relined.
—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 1956.
Optimism is the son of Happiness, the nephew of Longevity, and the grandson of Success.
---Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., March 1, 1920.
An optimist is one who not only sees the good in life, but also the good in the bad of life.
---Edward James Stackpole, Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa., June 30, 1915.
An optimist is the man who makes lemonade out of the lemons that are handed him. The pessimist is the one who chews the rinds.
---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 18, 1912.
Pessimism cuts the nerve of action by preaching the futility of effort.
---Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Oct. 4, 1937.
An optimist expects to get the worst of it sooner or later. But a pessimist expects to get it sooner.
---James Syme Hastings, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 23, 1921.
If you anticipate the worst in life, you’re usually pretty well rewarded by having your hopes fulfilled.
---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., June 26, 1942.
The pessimist is the guy who’s afraid to turn over a new leaf for fear he’ll find a worm on the other side.
---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 31, 1943.
A pessimist is a guy who is sure that when his ship comes in, it’ll be hardship.
—Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 12, 1944.
The man who forever expects the worst is seldom disappointed. He wouldn’t know the best if it knocked him down and stepped in his face.
---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 22, 1945.
A modern pessimist could be defined as an optimist who has been overtaken by fear of fear.
—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 30, 1937.
A pessimist is a guy who sizes himself up, and then gets sore about it.
---Zoe Powell Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, May 29, 1969.
The pessimist says that the most common trait of humanity is inhumanity.
---Claude Callan, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 14, 1929.
Pessimism is usually another name for habitual introspection.
---Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 3, 1909.
Pessimism is mind-strain. It comes like eyestrain, from dwelling too much on minute and dark objects.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 14, 1909.
Some fellows are so used to expecting the worst of it that they are disappointed if they don’t get it.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., June 22, 1909.
A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, choose both and sticks around to wait for more.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., June 25, 1909.
After you have failed at everything else, you can still be a successful pessimist.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., June 1, 1910.
The pessimist is the man who thinks the world is lost because he is not personally conducting it.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Pauls Valley Sentinel, Pauls Valley, Okla., July 21, 1904.
The last and most challenging disease that will need to be conquered is human pessimism.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 22, 1954.
Pessimism is a negative nightmare photographed by wayward fancy and developed into morbid memory.
---M. Grier Kidder, Overland Monthly, San Francisco, Calif., October 1908.
A criminal is a pessimist—when a man believes everything is going wrong, he goes wrong.
---James L. Gordon, Washington Herald, Washington, D.C., March 24, 1917.
When the optimist feels that he is at the end of his troubles, the pessimist wants to know which end.
---Bennett Wilson “B.W.” Peck, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., May 20, 1903.
Pessimism is the grave digger of hope.
---Bennett Wilson “B.W.” Peck, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., Sept. 2, 1903.
Pessimism is a stage a man reaches when he keeps his past in front of him and his future behind.
---Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Dec. 22, 1924.
The most expensive permanent wave is a wave of pessimism.
---Robert Quillen, The Evening News, San Jose, Calif., Sept. 14, 1921.
People who keep on expecting the worst fail utterly to grasp the significance of the present.
---Robert Quillen, Spartanburg Herald, Spartanburg, S.C., June 28, 1922.
The real pessimist is the chap who never forgets the bad things he knows about himself.
---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Feb. 21, 1916.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is measured by breadth rather than by depth.
---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Sept. 29, 1915.
A pessimist is someone whose daydreams are nightmares.
—Clarin D. Ashby, Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah, Oct. 7, 1971.
Do you know of a confirmed pessimist? Use him as a solemn warning, lest you meet the same fate.
---James H. Wallis, Vernal Express, Vernal, Utah, Jan. 12, 1923.
A pessimist is a guy who sees a cloud in every silver lining.
---Galen Drake, Miami Daily News, Miami, Fla., June 22, 1953.
A pessimist is a man who is in favor of punishing the whole world whenever he is in need of castigation.
---Duncan M. Smith, Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Ill., Feb. 19, 1906.
The courageous man is never a pessimist. He hasn't the seed of pessimism in him. Fear is the seed from which pessimism springs, just as courage induces the bright anticipation of the optimist. It is the courageous man who looks for the good, and the true, and the beautiful, and it is he who finds them.
‑‑‑Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 9, 1924.
The quickest way to become a pessimist is to starve your enthusiasm.
---Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 16, 1930.
The optimist rejoices in the fact that his world is full of good things. The pessimist warns you not to be one of them.
---Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn., July 5, 1929.
The pessimist’s only idea of happiness is not to be as miserable as he was yesterday.
---Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn., Nov. 26, 1929.
A pessimist can't go forward because he always has the brakes on to keep from going backward.
---Mt. Pleasant Record, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., May 24, 1935.
The pessimist hesitates to put his best foot forward for fear of stubbing his toe.
---New York Times, New York, N.Y., Oct. 29, 1905.
Optimism is not overlooking difficulties. It is facing them with courage and hope.
---River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., July 25, 1934.
Optimism is an ally of effort and success. It is the kernel of the nut, not the shell. It is the fine trait of the man, not the faults. It is the flowers on the hillside, not the dead leaves under the snow. It is up to the individual whether his work will be golden or drab. Optimism in a word is the eye of the soul. It is the color in the vision revealing the fine beyond the coarse, the best beyond the worst.
‑‑‑Scott County News, Oneida, Tenn., April 29, 1927.
Successful man: One with the horsepower of an optimist and the emergency brake of a pessimist.
---Teton Valley News, Driggs, Idaho, May 25, 1939.
Someone says a pessimist is a man without hope. He is wrong. A pessimist always hopes for the worst.
---Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 19, 1922.
Pessimism represents concentration on the wrong things.
---Utah Farmer, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 10, 1936.
Optimism is a matter of mental habit. You can learn to practice the habit of optimism--and thereby greatly enhance your chances of achieving success. Or you can drive yourself into the pit of pessimism and failure. Optimism is one of the most important traits of a pleasing personality. But it results largely from other traits--a good sense of humor, hopefulness, the ability to overcome fear, contentment, a positive mental attitude, flexibility, enthusiasm, faith and decisiveness. ...
You can fight pessimism through complete belief in two of the most basic truths of the science of success: (1) "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve." (2) "Every adversity and defeat carries the seed of an equivalent benefit, if we are ingenious enough to find it."
Instead of worrying about the bad things that might befall you, spend a few minutes every day enumerating the pleasant events that will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, next year! By thinking about them, you will find yourself laying plans to make them happen! Then you are getting the habit of optimism. Remember that no great leader or successful man was ever a pessimist. What could such a leader promise his followers but despair and defeat? ... Remember that like attracts like in human relations, no matter what the rule may be in the physical world. An optimist tends to congregate with optimists, just as success attracts more success. But the pessimist breeds worries and trouble without speaking a word or performing an act, because his negative mental attitude serves as a perfect magnet for them.
Optimism is, in itself, a kind of success. For it means you have a healthy, peaceful and contented mind. An exceedingly wealthy man can be a failure physically, if his constant pessimism has brought him a case of ulcers. Optimism isn't a state of mind in which you throw judgment to the winds of starry-eyed belief that future events will take care of themselves. Such an attitude is only for fools. It is, however, a firm belief that you can make things come out right by thinking ahead and deciding on a course of action based on sound judgment. ... Learn to meet the future head on. Analyze it. Weigh the factors with clear judgment. Then decide upon your course of action to make things turn out the way you want them. You'll find that the future holds nothing that you ever need fear.
—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, July 6, 1956.
The difference between the optimist and pessimist is largely the difference between knowledge and ignorance. We may feel sometimes like evil holds and controls everything, but all the history of the past reveals that good will come. If we are to be optimist let us base our faith on the solid ground of fact and reason; let us know WHY we believe. And what is the foundation of optimism in a sane world like this? It is founded in history, which shows us that all ages have led men on to higher things, to nobler deeds and to greater power, in spite of dark periods of evil. The world of today is beyond all the dreams of yesterday; the world of tomorrow will be greater than we think. When we get discouraged, let us look back and view what has been accomplished by those who refused to give up; those who fought against things seemingly fixed against man and his progress--and won. And we shall take heart again. The man who gives up is a coward. He is a pessimist. The optimist carries the world forward. Resolve to march side by side with him.
—Emmett J. Lee, The Gazette, Farmerville, La., June 4, 1924.
Optimism has dynamic effect on energy, also on man's mentality and right there is the secret of achievement–energy, directed by brains. Therefore, optimism is contagious. Prosperity has a psychological side and brisk business grows only in the sunlight of optimism. The shade of pessimism is fatal to business just as the shade of a tree is fatal to plant growth. Be an optimist–it pays.
—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 31, 1919.
Optimism is the son of Happiness, the nephew of Longevity, and the grandson of Success.
—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., March 1, 1920.
There are two kinds of optimists. One closes his mind to every disagreeable fact and flatters himself with the thought that everything is lovely. The other sees the adverse side of the picture, accepts the difficulties with a firm resolve that all will be well. That kind of an optimist is a real asset to any city. That kind of optimist may have a knitted brow at times but he never wears a long face. He accepts life, determined to make the best of things.
—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, July 2, 1927.
You must not have a "defeatist" attitude, but the attitude of a reasonable optimist--the attitude that tells you that you can succeed if you will. The difficulties you face are not meant to discourage you, but to test your metal. ... Let us recall that the world owes none of us a living without our working first. ... It is up to you to put forth the effort. ... Try to do the best at anything you undertake.
—Damian L. Cummins, The Catholic Tribune, St. Joseph, Mo., June 8, 1935.
An optimist sees a window as something the light shines through; a pessimist sees it as something to get dirty.
—John F. Anderson, Jr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 24, 1958.
Pessimism is the philosophy of vulgarity.
—Frank Crane, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, August 1919.
Life is a poem to the optimist, but to the pessimist it looks more like blank verse.
—Benjamin Arstein, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 1, 1911.
It is not so much what you see as it is what you want to see that makes you an optimist or a pessimist.
—Duncan Clark, Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., July 10, 1907.
An optimist is one who has a good time wherever he goes because he carries his good time with him.
—Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, June 23, 1955.
Optimism means that one believes the good of life overbalances the pain and evil of it. The optimist puts the most favorable conception upon actions and happenings, and anticipates the best possible outcome.
—Bryant S. Hinckley, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 27, 1941.
An optimist is one who cannot bear the world as it is, and is forced by his very nature to picture it as it ought to be. A pessimist is one who cannot bear the world as it is, and is forced by his very nature to picture it as it always will be.
—J. Marvin Nichols, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., July 4, 1933.
The habit of making the best of things–or looking on the bright side of things–is a fortune in itself.
—J. Marvin Nichols, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., June 30, 1933.
One definition of a pessimist is a man whose fondest hope is that his worst fears be realized.
—Elbert A. Smith, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., May 24, 1922.
When once a man becomes pessimistic he never again lives under the sunshine.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 15, 1935.
The man who goes about asking of life, “What’s the use?” will never find the answer.
—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 30, 1937.
To the pessimist the outlook is a blackout.
—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 21, 1939.
A pessimist is a person who has a frown on his face and a crick in his neck from looking backward over his shoulder at past failures.
—Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 13, 1931.
An optimist is a person who has a smile in his heart because he has the ability to see possible success in every probable failure.
—Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 20, 1931.
The pessimist is the man who realizes that it is hard going uphill, and therefore he puts on the brakes.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., June 18, 1905.
The pessimist kills all hope because happiness irritates him.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., June 28, 1908.
Pessimism is usually another name for habitual introspection.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 3, 1909.
The pessimists are the people who analyze the game, but never get into it.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., June 19, 1910.
Pessimists need to have their dreads examined.
—Edla Ferguson, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., June 11, 1980.