The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is. An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist. An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices. When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie. Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!
There are those who say that it can’t be done, and then there are those who say that it will be done. If I listen to the former, it will never be done. But if I listen to the latter, I’ll find that it’s already done before it’s done.
A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.
I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.
To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I am such a pessimist that every project has surpassed what I envisioned.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
I try to be a realist and not a pessimist or an optimist.
A pessimist is a man who tells the truth prematurely.