Pessimist Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old pessimist quotes, pessimist sayings, and pessimist proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A pessimist doesn't see the sunset outside, he sees the dirt on the window.     

Jim Rohn

There are enough negative forces in this world don't let the pessimistic voice that lives inside you get away with that stuff, too. That voice is not a good roommate.     

Felicia Day

A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.     

Laurence J. Peter

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.     

Winston Churchill

A pessimist looks at his glass and says it is half empty; an optimist looks at it and says it is half full.     

Josiah Stamp

Pessimists fear becoming the dupes of Hope. Optimists enjoy Hope's company, and consider being duped no great matter.     

Mason Cooley

Pessimists are the people who have no hope for themselves or for others. Pessimists are also people who think the human race is beneath their notice, that they're better than other human beings.     

James A. Baldwin

The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.     

William Arthur Ward

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.     

Helen Keller

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.     

Harry S Truman

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.     

Oscar Wilde

A pessimist sees problems in opportunities whereas an optimist sees opportunities in problems.     

Winston Churchill

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.     

Bill Vaughan

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.     

Mark Twain

Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom.     

Mark Twain

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.     

Don Marquis

Optimists focus on the place they are going. Pessimists focus on the obstacles along the route. To become an optimist simply look ahead.     

Simon Sinek

Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed.     

Thomas Hardy

A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.     

Walter Winchell

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.     

James Branch Cabell

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Every pessimist who ever lived has been buried in an unmarked grave. Tomorrow has always been better than today, and it always will be.     

Will Harvey

The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.     

Agnes Repplier

The pessimist waits for better times, and expects to keep on waiting; the optimist goes to work with the best that is at hand now, and proceeds to create better times.     

Christian D. Larson

The pessimist reason that things just happen, where the optimist believe that things happen for a reason.     

Anthony Liccione

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.     

Elbert Hubbard

To the pessimist the light at the end of the tunnel is another train.     

Joan Rivers

A pessimist is a man who tells the truth prematurely.     

Cyrano de Bergerac

A pessimist finds the darkness around the light but an optimist becomes the light in the darkness.     

Anonymous

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all he's walking on them.     

Leonard Louis Levinson