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250 Pessimistic quotes

250 quotes of pessimism written or said by illustrious and not so illustrious characters, past, present and future. Digital Pessimism.

Pessimism is the metaphysical doctrine according to which the world is irrevocably evil, and therefore everything in nature and in human life tends to the production and conservation of evil. The main representative of analogical pessimism is Schopenhauer (1788-1860) and the digital one, Koke Mandrágora (1970-?),

Luis Eduardo Aute

I am angered by the stupidity of the human being, the incapacity of the human being to be human instead of a bad beast … I think that throughout our lives we are slowly killing the child we went for pure survival; We live in a jungle, and the jungle forces you to be evil, bad people and cynical to survive. We are executioners of ourselves

Woody Allen

The only way you can be happy is you like pain

Dante Alighieri

Who knows the pain, knows everything

Albert Camus

There is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide

Arthur Schopenhauer

A man never is happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so; he seldom attains his goal, and when he does, it is only to be disappointed

Horace Walpole

The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel…

Gabriel García Márquez

Who expects a lot can expect little


No man is more unhappy than he who never faced adversity. For he is not allowed to prove himself

Edgar Allan Poe

Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so

Charles Chaplin

Look closely, life is a tragedy, but seen from afar, it looks like a comedy

Luis Eduardo Aute

The twentieth century has been one of the worst. It seemed impregnated with civilization, the French Revolution and the Enlightenment had been done, the world was supposed to be channeled towards a more civil coexistence and it was the wildest century

Jean Paul Sartre

I will do good: still the best way to be alone

Soren Kierkegaard

Anguish is the vertigo of freedom

Otto von Bismarck

Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made

Silvio Rodríguez

The most terrible thing is learned right away and the beautiful thing costs our lives

Harlan Coben

There is a fine line between hope and disappointment

Pío Baroja

One has the anguish, the despair of not knowing what to do with life, of not having a plan, of being lost

Oscar Wilde

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole

Winston Churchill

The problem of this age is that men do not want to be useful but important

Adolph Hitler

It is not truth that matters, but victory

Jacques Barzun

I have always been – I think any student of history almost inevitably is – a cheerful pessimist

Lance Charnes

Does anything we do ever end it?

Nick Cave

I’m a kind of hard-wired pessimist. I can’t help but see the world in a certain kind of way.

Marcel Proust

The mistakes of doctors are innumerable. They err as a rule out of optimism as to the treatment, and pessimism as to the outcome

Victor Hugo

Hatred becomes, within a given time, the hatred of society, then the hatred of the human race, then the hatred of creation

Miguel Delibes

Fed of pessimism we do not live the life, we suffer it

Robert G. Allen

Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist

Michael Bassey Johnson

No matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools

Arthur Schopenhauer

If God made this world, then i would not want to be the God. It is full of misery and distress that it breaks my heart


“What a pessimist you are!” exclaimed Candide. “That is because I know what life is,” said Martin.

Robert Orben

Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that’s not true. Some smaller countries are neutral

Jonathan Kellerman

“Optimism is denial for chumps with no life experience”.”What’s pessimism?” I said. “Religion without God.”

Miguel de Unamuno

And be careful on saying the Truth! To those who declare it manly, without ambitions or detours, ache the spirit spirits and skeptical pessimism. Want to maintain the ridiculous comedy of a people pretending to deceive themselves about their status

Pablo Neruda

I am the desperate, the word without echoes, the one who lost everything, and the one who had everything

Gloria Steinem

If not even our bodies – their health, their freedom of movement, their adornment, their use and belonging, what is left?

Arthur Clarke

This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one

Henry Miller

The cancer of time is eating us away. Our heroes have killed themselves, or are killing themselves. The hero, then, is not Time, but Timelessness. We must get in step, a lock step, toward the prison of death. There is no escape. The weather will not change.

Raistlin Majere

Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it….

Leonard Cohen

Do not be pessimistic or hopeful

Franz Kafka

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy

Mark Twain

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not

Alejandro Dumas Jr

If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which he has inflicted upon men, he would kill Himself


It has a defect the pessimism and is that it infects more than the joy


Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished

Joseph Conrad

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness

Natalie Wood

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby

Enrique Mariscal

An old legend tells that the king of a distant country always lived sad, and to betray the joy, died as he lived, quietly


I’m not pessimistic. It is the world that is terrible.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The sense of the world must lie outside of the world

Ludwig Wittgenstein

We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all

William Shakespeare

Confidence is a feeling of safety which leaves the way open for conspiracy