• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pessimal of an organism's environment; least favorable for survival
    • ***


  • Golda Meir
    “Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.”
  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood
    “I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Pessimism never won any battle.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.”


In literature:

Well, that was just pessimism.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It is our only refuge from pessimism and despair for the world.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
There is no place for pessimism.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
Instead of exerting an optimistic influence, her whole existence is a message of pessimism and discouragement.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
We are not given to pessimism which is fortunate.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But pessimism is more a matter of temperament than statistics.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Howells, W. D., pessimism, 288.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Pessimism and Self-denial 299 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Immediately he forgot his pessimism and became absorbed.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
The French, Norwegian, and Russian realism of the last decade is the utterance of later pessimism.
"The Arena" by Various
There is no doubt of that, or that with every new day the tendency toward pessimism increases.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, May 1887" by Various
Early in the Eighties a writer in "The Argus" referred to him as "the prose laureate of pessimism.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
An excellent antidote to the pessimism of modern writers on our social system.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Instinctive antidotes to pessimism, 46.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Stumpy, secure behind a small mound, had gazed with black pessimism on life from the moment Tich had given ALL.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
Leopardi's genius was tinctured with pessimism.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Scott eyed the horses with inward pessimism.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
His pessimism caused him to reflect upon his present condition.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
But Mabel's pessimism was not to be banished even by the supper champagne.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Then came weeks of pessimism following that black day when three battleships were sent to the bottom almost at one blow.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"

In poetry:

Now considerations of the void coming after
Not changed by the "strict gesture" of your death
Split the straight line of pessimism
Into two infinities.
"Horatian Epode To The Duchess Of Malfi" by Allen Tate

In news:

Optimism, pessimism , and LeBron's got gas.
Pessimism on agricultural-subsidy reform.
Traffic declines, consumer pessimism hint at slow recovery.
Spurs not caught up in Parker's pessimism .
More grounds for pessimism .
Pessimism can block therapy.
Optimism, pessimism and the brain.
The Demise of Pats Pessimism , and Pamela Anderson.
Rational pessimism in the wake of Katrina.
Pessimism not rush to judgment.
LONDON -The price of oil fell below $91 a barrel Wednesday, tracking stock markets which dropped on renewed pessimism about the outlook for economic growth.
PBS NewsHour Shields, Brooks on Americans' Pessimism , Cain's Candidacy PBS.
Duke CFO Survey Shows Pessimism .
Economy pessimism could hit farm income.
Article "US envoy starts Mideast tour amid Obama pessimism " Is Not Available At This Time.

In science:

Cutting-set methods for robust convex optimization with pessimizing oracles.
Discovering Support and Affiliated Features from Very High Dimensions
For a long time now, I think, there has been an undercurrent of pessimism at least in some parts of the relativity community: One does what one can but secretly (or, sometimes, openly!) believes that the task is way beyond us.
Overview and Outlook
The reader has understood from (i)-(iii) that a wind of pessimism sometimes accompanies the quantum group invasion.
Introduction to Quantum Algebras
In talking to many people in the experimental community, I sense a pessimism, not about whether there is a next scale of physics, but about what we will find there.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Instabilities or inaccuracies introduced at boundaries have emerged as a major problem common to all ADM code development and have led to pessimism that such codes might be inherently unstable because of the lack of manifest hyperbolicity in the underlying equations.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
It is mostly as a result of this type of considerations that traditional quantum-gravity reviews considered the possibility of experimental studies with unmitigated pessimism 26 .
Quantum-Gravity Phenomenology: Status and Prospects
Nevertheless, it is the main position of this author that such reservations and phobias have to be put aside in the dawn of the new millennium, for in the end they only present inertia to, and create an attitude of pessimism (invariably resulting to indolence) in the development of theoretical physics.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Spengler, Pessimism?, in Selected Essays (Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, 1967).
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Even if a very similar mechanism (the request bound function) works very well with dynamic priorities allowing one to provide necessary and sufficient feasibility tests, it introduces some pessimism with fixed priorities, leading to a sufficient schedulability test.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
As we stated before, this technique introduces some pessimism.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
As a future work, we would like to quantify this pessimism, i.e., study how much exactness we loose by considering MR B F instead of all the R B F ’s separately.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
This might allow strongly improving the complexity of computing MR B F i (t). • As already stated, our method introduces some pessimism that we would like to quantify, and hopefully bound.
Sufficient FTP Schedulability Test for the Non-Cyclic Generalized Multiframe Task Model
Possibly Lamb’s pessimism about turbulence had been short-sighted.
Hydrodynamic Turbulence: a 19th Century Problem with a challenge for the 21st Century
It is easy to see that there is reason for pessimism, but the evidence It is difficult to know how many Θ+ events is not entirely convincing. should have been seen in the high-energy experiments with null results.
Workshop Summary: Experiment
Establishing the sharpness of utilization thresholds provides a better understanding of scheduling policies and removes most of the pessimism that is associated with traditional utilization bounds because of the implication that task sets with utilization greater than U ∗ are unlikely to be schedulable.
Sharp utilization thresholds for some real-time scheduling problems