Pessimist or Optimist

Much has been written about being a pessimist and being an optimist. Let the words of William Arthur Ward paint a picture of the qualities and behaviors of both types of people. Reading through his poem and the thoughts you can identify who is each type. We feel optimism is the way to go, as life is easier and happier when you look at it from a positive point of view. May these words by William Arthur Ward encourage you to have an optimistic outlook on life.

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Pessimist or Optimist
by William Arthur Ward

The pessimist finds fault;
The optimist discovers a remedy.

The pessimist seeks sympathy;
The optimist spreads cheer.

The pessimist criticizes circumstances;
The optimist changes conditions.

The pessimist complains about the apple seeds;
The optimist plants them.

The pessimist imagines impending peril;
The optimist sees signs of prosperity.

The pessimist disparages;
The optimist encourages.

The pessimist creates loneliness;
The optimist finds friends.

The pessimist nibbles at the negative;
The optimist is nourished by the positive.

The pessimist builds barriers;
The optimist removes roadblocks.

The pessimist invents trouble;
The optimist enriches the environment.

More Thoughts on Optimism and Pessimism by William Arthur Ward

To the optimist, obstacles are challenges,
Roadblocks are inspirations,
And problems are invitations to achievement.

The pessimist fears a future of futility;
The optimist fills the present with purpose,

Optimism is a sidewalk word for faith.
The optimist believes
In joy, not in gloom,
In smiles, not frowns;
In answers, not excuses.

Optimism is
Psychological sunshine,
Mental vitamins,
And spiritual oxygen.

The doormat to the pessimist
Is a welcome mat to the optimist.

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