Quote of the Day: George Will on Pessimism

No son, this ain’t some post to make you feel better about your sorry-ass life. We already have Motivational Moments with Ahnnie Schwarzenegger if you need some uplifting and inspiration material. No Filter Network’s “Quotes of the Day” will strictly focus on bosses exemplifying their boss nature while providing interesting, introspective, and pithy statements. So no, we will not be quoting Gandhi about how you should co-exist with your fellow humans in a more harmonic way.


Instead, we’re strictly providing quotes that bring that heat, and spit that real.

For today’s Quote of the Day, we’re featuring George Will. The quote is not new by any means, but I stumbled across it this weekend and it struck me intellectually and in my man-zone. 

As an FYI, George Will is a highly successful politician commentator and newspaper columnist. Will won the Pulitzer in 1977 for his conservative political commentary. George Will.jpgThough Will is a longtime conservative, he’s never been afraid to go against the grain; even against those that belong to his “party”. Among others, Will has ben critical on television of George W Bush, Bill O’Reilly, and Donald Trump (one would hope?). Basically, Will doesn’t give 2 shits about who you claim t be politically/philosophically associated with. If you’re fronting on folks, Will is going to bring that heat and spit that real.

Anyway, peep this shit:

“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.”

I love this one. Listen, I’m all for living life in the most positive way possible. Being an eternal optimist definitely makes life more enjoyable and less stressful on a day-to-day basis. But optimism take a lot of god damn work and usually entails lying to yourself. For me, I’d rather not disappoint myself. While I carry confidence throughout my endeavors, I try my best to stay entrenched in reality. This way, when shit hits the fucking fan, I’m ready son. 

Optimism vs Pessimism

As George Will breaks it down in a rather pseudo-snide way, being a pessimist provides people with a win-win scenario: either you’re always right or you’re always happier than expected. 



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