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I find the pessimist to be, if not exactly pleasant, then at least sincere.
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  expecting that things will turn out badly; or focusing on the bad part of things
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  • I find the pessimist to be, if not exactly pleasant, then at least sincere.
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  • Such a pessimist.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He was a generally pessimistic person, but he seemed to make an exception for Katherines: he always felt they would come back to him.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Maybe we were naturally pessimistic, and our chances of success had seemed so tiny that we’d never bothered to wonder what we’d do if we actually fixed Miss Peregrine—or maybe the crises of the past few days had been so constant and pressing that we’d never had a chance to wonder.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Morning brought rain and wind and fog, pessimistic weather that made it hard to believe the previous day had been anything more than a strange and wonderful dream.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Not that pie in the sky stuff, not a preference for optimism over pessimism, but rather "an orientation of the spirit."
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Where she would worry, he would shrug; in her pessimistic moments, he remained unconcerned.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I was almost ready to accept the pessimistic statement in the manual and give up the attempt as hopeless when I caught the faint echo of a human voice above the whistle and rustle of static in the earphones.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • My own pessimism, my insecurity, was a more terrestrial affair.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "If he’s conceived at all," I said pessimistically.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • You know, for someone who got brought back to life, you sure are pessimistic.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Against many pessimistic forecasts, we all woke up and carried the boats to breakfast.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "No worry, no worry," Generose said in her sparing English, and raising her hands to stifle the pessimistic conversation about money.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • But you must stop being so pessimistic, Hannah, and learn to trust those around you.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Despite my fevered rush to her house, my pessimistic side assumed that Carey would be the one who opened the door for me.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • ’I may not live through sixty,’ he wheedled in a flat, pessimistic voice.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "It’s not like you to be a pessimist," Quentin said coldly.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • That’s the kind of fatalism and pessimism typical of a repressive feudal system, where peasants have no reason to believe in the efficacy of their own work.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • But this was just his daily pessimism.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • You’re a pessimist, Eddie.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • On the other hand, a pessimist was someone with expectations lower than reality, a fraction of diminishing returns.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And then I was a little angry, because he was darkening this most perfect of all mornings with his pessimistic assumptions.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The gods, too, loved him and put into his heart all manner of wisdom; then, fearing lest he should become a pessimist, they spanned his mind with a rainbow of love and faith.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Optimists and pessimists — not to mention the realists —air their opinions with unflagging energy, and as with everything else, they’re all certain that they have a monopoly on the truth.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Raoul, with pessimistic foreboding, was convinced that there were only girls next door.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • "Why, good God! you will be deceived just the same," said Athos, who was an optimist when things were concerned, and a pessimist when men were in question.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There was a great contrast between his world pessimism and personal cheeriness.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • So she took herself away, somewhat to Marilla’s relief, for the latter felt her doubts and fears reviving under the influence of Mrs. Rachel’s pessimism.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • So don’t worry — you’re just experiencing post-graduation pessimism.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Lane, you’re a perfect pessimist.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Most of us, apart from a few hopeless pessimists, were convinced they would enter the war any moment now, and a number of us thought the United States would declare war on Germany too.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The loveless and faithless ones are compelled by their pessimism to attack.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Of this he was very proud, and it made him more disposed than ever to laugh at the pessimists.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I began to hope that I had been overly pessimistic, that we might be able to live in Mansfield in an atmosphere of peace and understanding after all.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Besides, there was his ingrained pessimism, which never deserted him.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • But something held him, as the fatalist can always be held: by curiosity, pessimism, by sheer inertia.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Late Antiquity was generally characterized by religious doubts, cultural dissolution, and pessimism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Quite often social contrariness and a generally pessimistic outlook are observed.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Very interesting you should have been so pessimistic about her.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • The pessimist still maintained a negative.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "That’s about as bad a witness as you’ll find," he remarked pessimistically.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • More striking is the degree of spiritual unity found throughout the cycle,, Sumerian, Old Babylonian and Assyrian alike, which derives from the character of the hero, and from a profoundly pessimistic attitude to human liife and the world.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • By the window, even Bert, pessimist of pessimists, was smiling.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Perhaps I am a pessimist, but you have agreed to forgive me.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Not that she herself was "pessimistic," as he accused her of being.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • "Maybe we were too pessimistic, Alex," Pelt chirped up.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He was a large, fleshy man, with a hard-bitten face in which good-humored wrinkles were not quite offset by pessimistic pouches.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • These particular Emersons consisted of a father and a son—the son a goodly, if not a good young man; not a fool, I fancy, but very immature—pessimism, et cetera.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Silverton was in a mood of Titanic pessimism.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
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