When I went searching for thoughts on optimism

Antonio Gramsci famously called for “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will”: the one the spur to action, the other the resilience to believe that such action will result in meaningful change even in the face of adversity.*

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Hope can become a force for social change when it combines optimism and pessimism in healthy proportions.*

*both quotes stolen from the Wikipedia entries on ‘optimism‘ and ‘hope‘.

 

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