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Nothing, however, is more dubious than the way in which these two words 'pessimist' and 'optimist' are used; for the optimist appears to be he who cannot bear the world as it is, and is forced by his nature to picture it as it ought to be, and the pessimist one who cannot only bear the world as it is, but loves it well enough to draw it faithfully.

“Nothing, however, is more dubious than the way in which these two words ‘pessimist’ and ‘optimist’ are used; for the optimist appears to be he who cannot bear the world as it is, and is forced by his nature to picture it as it ought to be, and the pessimist one who cannot only bear the world as it is, but loves it well enough to draw it faithfully.” — John Galsworthy, “Some Platitudes Concerning Drama,” The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy

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  1. I think the quote is ass backwards…

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