I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.

Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) Italian writer, politician, Marxist political theorist
Letter from Prison (19 Dec 1929)

Also attributed to Romain Rolland.

Added on 31-Mar-11 | Last updated 31-Mar-11
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  1. Hunterbyrd

    I enjoy your format, and many of the quotations you choose to post. Keep up the good work! Concerning Gramsci’s opt/pess quote, I offer a similar, if not gentler, sentiment:

    To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.
    — Albert Schweitzer, from an interview

    Sorry, but my cite is lacking…

    1. Out of My Life and Thought, An Autobiography (1933) translated by C. T. Campion, Epilogue — will add this to the list. Thanks!

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