49+ Best Pessimistic Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Pessimistic Quotes

Clinically speaking, depression is a pessimistic sense of your own capabilities, and despondent lack of energy. — Jane McGonigal

We are heading towards catastrophe. I think the world is going to pieces. I am very pessimistic. Why? Because the world hasn’t been punished yet, and the only punishment that could be adequate is the nuclear destruction of the world. — Elie Wiesel

I tend to be pessimistic. I want to believe in hope. — Bruce Springsteen

The thing is with me I look on the brighter side of everything.There’s no point being pessimistic or being worried about too many things because frankly life’s too short. — Prince William

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life. If it be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy. — Helen Keller

At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic. — Naguib Mahfouz

I think my movies aren’t sentimental. I think my movies are funny and sad and realistic. Not realistic in the sense that they’re documentaries, but realistic in the sense that they’re not idealistic, they’re not optimistic, not pessimistic, and not propagandistic. They’re an analysis of a situation. I call it as I see it, so to speak. — Frederick Wiseman

I’m not pessimistic about Africa. The cities just seem big and hopeless. But there’s still a great green heart where there’s possibility. There’s hope in the wilderness. — Paul Theroux

And I am an optimistic person. I guess if you want to try to find something to be pessimistic about, you can find it, no matter how hard you look, you know? — George W. Bush

In the current climate, we live in a pessimistic and non-idealistic world. — Emilio Estevez

If everything always went perfectly, I would feel like, When is the ball going to drop? Because good things don’t always last. Maybe I’m a pessimistic person. When something just seems too good, I can’t believe it. — January Jones

To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don’t be economic girlie men! — Arnold Schwarzenegger

The public is even more pessimistic about the economy than even the most bearish economists are. — Nate Silver

My parents said marrying was an optimistic thing to do in pessimistic times. — Olivia Wilde

When something good happens it’s a miracle and you should wonder what God is saving up for you later. — Marshall Brickman

If we consistently act on the optimistic hypothesis, this hypothesis will tend to be realised; whilst by acting on the pessimistic hypothesis we can keep ourselves for ever in the pit of want. — John Maynard Keynes

You can’t save the rhinos and you can’t preserve a culture. I’m very pessimistic. Once it’s gone, it’s over. — Paul Theroux

I am incrementally a pessimist, but I see the international debate that Edward Snowden has engendered, and I think this is exactly where the discussion should be. So, I would say I’m more optimistic than pessimistic. — Adam Savage

Coaches are basically schizophrenic. We are pessimistic to the press and among fellow coaches, but to our team, we are the eternal optimists. — Jim Valvano

Pessimist: The optimist who didn’t arrive. — Mark Twain

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed. — Maya Angelou

I don’t feel like promising big things to my fans. I’m not thinking about victory at all. I’ll do my best to get on the podium at least, although I must admit I feel fairly pessimistic. — Michael Schumacher

The limit of every pain is an even greater pain. — Emile M. Cioran

Twenty years ago, you might have been pessimistic and said there’s no hope. But these days, some of our very biggest companies are acting remarkably cleanly. And in some cases, although not all cases, the CEOs are the driving forces behind that. — Jared Diamond

There cannot be a personal God without a pessimistic religion. As soon as there is a personal God he is a disappointing God. — Cyril Connolly

I’m pessimistic. I don’t think that justice always gets the right person. — Henry Rollins

The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. — Cornel West

Human beings, thanks to culture and genetics, are inclined to be pessimistic, fearful, skeptical and believers in conspiracy theories. We also don’t like change. — Seth Godin

There is nothing like a start, and being born, however pessimistic one may become in later years, is undeniably a start. — William McFee

I’m not pessimistic. It is the world that is terrible. How can we be optimistic in the face of a planet where people live so badly, nature is being destroyed and the dominant empire is money? — Jose Saramago

Americans are nervous; Americans are restless; and what troubles me the most is that Americans are uncharacteristically pessimistic. — Joni Eareckson Tada

I realize more and more how instinctively pessimistic I am of all human kindness — since I am always so bowled over by it — and am never surprised by injustice, malice or personal attack. — Dawn Powell

American actors are all muscular, tanned, white teeth and they have this indestructible confidence. We British are all… Dare I say it? Pessimistic. — Max Irons

I am pessimistic, I think that’s the best way to be, because if you’re always expecting the best – the best doesn’t always happen. Nine times out of 10 it doesn’t. I’m surprised when things go smoothly. I don’t know what’s wrong with being pessimistic – unless you are such a pessimist that you don’t do anything. — Karl Pilkington

It is possible to live only as long as life intoxicates us; once we are sober we cannot help seeing that it is all a delusion, a stupid delusion. — Leo Tolstoy

I tried to think about other things. I tried to invent optimistic inventions. But the pessimistic ones were extremely loud. — Jonathan Safran Foer

Nothing makes me more pessimistic than the obligation not to be pessimistic. — Eugene Ionesco

I’m probably the most pessimistic actor I know. I’m always sure I’ll never work again. — William Sanderson

There’s no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another. — E. B. White

I laughed. “You’re too young to be so … pessimistic,” I said, using the English word. “Pessi-what?” “Pessimistic. It means looking only at the dark side of things.” “Pessimistic … pessimistic …” She repeated the English to herself over and over, and then she looked up at me with a fierce glare. “I’m only sixteen,” she said, “and I don’t know much about the world, but I do know one thing for sure. If I’m pessimistic, then the adults in this world who are not pessimistic are a bunch of idiots. — Haruki Murakami

I’m now beginning to feel that the pessimistic vision is not for the movies. — Karel Reisz

I went from a very pessimistic person to a very optimistic person sort of overnight, which is very weird. It’s not even the success of my shows. I think it’s the lifestyle change, I really do. — Norman Reedus

If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change – even though they don’t really know what they’re trying to prevent – then you can get pessimistic. — Paul Hawken

I’m not pessimistic about people in general, but only about the way they live. — Claude Chabrol

There is not a single pessimistic note anywhere in the New Testament after the resurrection. — Bill Vaughan

The first-rate mind is always curious, compassionate, original, and pessimistic. — Mignon McLaughlin

If the general opinion is pessimistic, fantasy is going to hold its own. — David Eddings

I’m generally pessimistic about the dumbing down of America – especially with summer movies. — Elmer Bernstein

I tend to be pessimistic about everything: If things seem to be going good, I’m worried that it’s going to end; if things are bad, then I’m worried that it’s going to be permanent. It’s not a very comfortable attitude to have all the time. — Jesse Eisenberg

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