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To quote Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill.

Then again, a realist sees both. It reminds me of the question, "Is the glass half full or half empty?" Neither. The glass is just the wrong size for its contents.

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sweetmeow
Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Interesting quotations.

I need to remember that last one for when the discussion comes up of whether it's half full or half empty.

I think there is a way of being an optimist and a realist both. It's the attitude with which you approach things that *are* real -- that do stink -- and which cannot be changed. It does not deny negative feelings -- but it does require that one put forth an effort to not ONLY see the negative, and that even in the depth of despair and the "worst case scenario" -- there are always places -- small though they be -- of "good".
marypcb
Mar. 23rd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
glass: depends on whether I'm pouring or drinking
stori_lundi
Mar. 23rd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm in the realist camp as well. Love the glass quotation.
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