With the superfluous securities of hope at his command, there was no reason why he should not have increased other people’s liabilities to any extent, but for the fact that men whose names were good for anything were usually pessimists, indisposed to believe that the universal order of things would necessarily be agreeable to an agreeable young gentleman.
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I find the pessimist to be, if not exactly pleasant, then at least sincere.
Such a pessimist.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory