I am not a Pessimist. Indeed I am not sure that I quite know what Pessimism really means. All I do know is that life cannot be understood without much charity, it cannot be lived without much charity. It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of this world, whatever may...
But pessimism and reality are usually mistaken for each other
I wish to weepbut sorrow isstupid.I wish to believebut belief is agraveyard.
Stain my eyes as I may, on all sides all is black.
I have seen so many extraordinary things that nothing seems extraordinary to me
It is the most ambitious and driven among us who are the most sorely in need of having our reckless hopes dampened through immersive dousings in the darkness which religions have explored. This is a particular priority for secular Americans, perhaps the most anxious and disappointed people on earth, for their nation infuses them with...
One can only tolerate the absolute idiocy of Man for so long before bringing out the bat.
When it rains it pours and when it shines you get melanoma.
My life is so bad that it’s worse than it really is.
Human beings shouldn’t have to enter such doors, shouldn’t have to stay behind them. No moon ever entered there, no stars, no anything at all. They were worse than the grave, for in the grave is an absence of consciousness. And God, she reflected, ordered the grave for all of us; but God didn’t order...
For you the cup isn’t half full or half empty, you’re always topping it up.
There are moments when everything goes well; don’t be frightened, it won’t last.
I was cursed with the pessimism of both the Russians and the Jews two of the gloomiest tribes in the world. Still if there wasn’t greatness in me maybe I had the talent to recognize it in others even in the most irritating others.
It’s a tricky business, nurturing that aura of unapproachability.
It is best not to be born or to die as soon as possible.
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.
If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.
There are no pessimists; there are only realists and liars.
You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down
What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.