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Émile-Auguste Chartier, known as Alain

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Biography - Émile-Auguste Chartier, known as Alain:

French philosopher and journalist.
Born: 1868 - Died: 1951
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: France

Pessimism comes from the temperament, optimism from the will.



(French, German)

Le pessimisme est d'humeur ; l'optimise est de volonté.

Pessimismus ist Sache des Gemüts, Optimismus Willenssache.

See also 

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

The essence of my optimism is constructive pessimism.

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.

Quotes for: will


Quotes about will:

A great part of progress consists in the desire to make progress.

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.

We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

The will of man is his happiness.

Quotes for: optimism


Quotes about optimism:

For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

Quotes for: pessimism


Quotes about pessimism:


Émile-Auguste Chartier, known as Alain also said...

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.

The effort we make to be happy is never lost.

To love is to find one's riches outside oneself.

Doubt is not below knowledge, but above it.

To know is to know that one knows.

It is very true that we ought to think of the happiness of others; but it is not often enough said that the best thing we can do for those who love us is to be happy ourselves.

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