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  • n. Plural form of pessimist.


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  • Some people are called pessimists because of their persistent dourness, but I think they are optimists.

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  • It looks like the majority of today’s options action on Coach is the work of longer-term pessimists wary of the potential for shares to reverse course ahead of February expiration.

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  • Yes, we know about the studies that show optimists are more likely to live longer, have good relationships and achieve their goals than the people they call pessimists and we call realists.

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  • For example, though both men may be called pessimists, the ways in which they are pessimistic are quite contrary.

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  • "This is Bill's phrase, but I use it a lot: We're short-term pessimists, but long-term optimists.


  • "We call pessimists," writes a contemporary French philosopher,

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  • What else is it but weakness, miserable, lamentable weakness, that is spread out before us in the bitter invective speeches against Life by those who are called pessimists, by Schopenhauer, Wagner, Ibsen, dragged along as they were in the ebb of life toward the middle of this century?

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  • There was a man on the spot to tell them so -- one of those fellows whom we should call pessimists if we hadn't been taught to speak of them as prophets.

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  • Opponents of this myopic choice were called pessimists because "Congo needs to move on".

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  • And in a sign that perhaps the pessimists were a bit too gloomy, the U.S. Labor Department revised upward overall numbers for both June and July so that 123,000 fewer jobs were lost than previously reported.

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