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The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope and Despair

The Optimist s Pessimist s Handbook A Companion to Hope and Despair The mere sense of living is joy enough Emily Dickinson American poetHumanity s story is one long testimony to the truth that life is as rewarding and beautiful as you make it As pioneers

  • Title: The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope and Despair
  • Author: Niall Edworthy Petra Cramsie
  • ISBN: 9781439101667
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The mere sense of living is joy enough Emily Dickinson, 1830 1886, American poetHumanity s story is one long testimony to the truth that life is as rewarding and beautiful as you make it As pioneers, inventors, and dreamers have always known, you can do anything if only you persevere Ever since we hauled ourselves out of the swamp, our history has been one of extraordi The mere sense of living is joy enough Emily Dickinson, 1830 1886, American poetHumanity s story is one long testimony to the truth that life is as rewarding and beautiful as you make it As pioneers, inventors, and dreamers have always known, you can do anything if only you persevere Ever since we hauled ourselves out of the swamp, our history has been one of extraordinary cultural and technological progress, of mind boggling discoveries and remarkable achievements, often against the odds It s no coincidence that you see no statues of pessimists in city squares.Still, cynical and doubting voices are heard all too loudly and frequently in public discourse A potent antidote to their gloom and doom, The Optimist s Handbook is a joyful explosion of wit and wisdom from our past and present that celebrates the art of greeting life with the excitement it deserves This handbook will inspire, enchant, and entertain you as you go forward into all your wonderful tomorrows Even if, after reading it, you are not moved to feats of glory for the greater good, the fact is that optimists are healthier, happier, and richer than their gloomy counterparts Hear that, killjoys The world is a grindstone and life is your nose Fred Allen, 1894 1956, American humoristWhy beat around the bush The truth is that life is a never ending cycle of toil and pain with nothing but death to reward all our suffering Further, what solace is there in blind optimism or fanciful daydreaming when it is perfectly clear that the world is heading toward a complete meltdown whether we live in it or not Resigning yourself to life s grim treadmill, and thereby avoiding disappointments, is the best way to trudge forward The Pessimist s Handbook is an indispensable companion on your journey through this vale of tears A clear sighted, realistic look at life s obstacles, this guidebook is stocked with the pearls of wisdom you need to counter the irritating voices of those who trumpet futile positivity and inane confidence in a brighter future Feel reassured that scores of people share your sense of impending doomd have done so for centuries After all, misery loves company, but not when it s a horde of perky utopians.

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    1 thought on “The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook: A Companion to Hope and Despair

    1. Because this book was a gift by one of my best friends, I don't want to write a bad review and disappoint her. But I felt like this book was kind of tedious, under-whelming and uninspired. The pessimist's side is much more fun (and not because I'm a pessimist by nature!) and you get to learn quite a few things due to all the "info boxes" it has - even though they are sort of depressing. The "About The Authors" was incredibly funny to read on both sides! And the book provides many website address [...]

    2. Be warned, at least several of these "quotes" were never made by the people cited in this collection (Gandhi never said "Be the change you want to see in the world."), and it isn't worth trying to track down the authenticity of all or any of them. Worse, the anecdotal tidbits interspersed are un-sourced, so there's no way of confirming veracity.It's a gentle pair of reads. But don't think of quoting from it unless you can confirm the source. Nearly got one star for quoting Dinesh D'Souza. Fortun [...]

    3. This is a clever little book with witty quotes, side bars, and little snippets of information. The first half is The Optimist's Handbook and then flip it over when you get halfway and resume with The Pessimist's Handbook--or vice versa depending on the option with which you begin. It's easy to pick up and just as easy to put down--ideal reading for just a few moments when you're really too tired to read, but want to wind down or quiet the voices before turning in.

    4. full of trivia, quotes, wisdom and distractions <3 it's got everything that could possibly entertain you in bite size form, categorized by broad topics like Religion, Sex, etcA very BALANCED read ;D

    5. good book on the good and bad things in life, every subject is written from a pessemist / optimist view on opposite sides of the book, quite interesting and very amusing

    6. I like this kind of book for when I'm going to bed. It's a simple thing that keeps my mind distracted. I want more like it.

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