Tuesday, 2 March 2010

pessimism / optimism

Winston Churchill once said "a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty".

Christopher Lee (me) once said "what are you, then, if you see both?"

Because surely there are opportunities in every difficult situation, and once you identify and overcome the difficulties, the opportunities are presented to you. Surely also it is unrealistic to think that there will be no difficulties to overcome just because an opportunity has arisen.

I can't tell whether W.C. was being very cryptic and implying that everyone is simultaneously pessimistic and optimistic, or it is merely one of his weaker quotes.

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