Pessimist Handbook


This is part of a book I am putting together – although whether it ever sees the light of day is another matter. In any case, at least something will have been published in this much-shortened edition.

So, this book is free to any sucker that wants to read it. It’s full of aphorisms with a short commentary attached to each. I can be rude to my readers because it’s free, and having paid nothing for it they have got nothing to complain about – and no, I don’t want to no about the typos.

The orgy of optimism that is sweeping the planet is a sure sign that things are not good. Why would people need affirmations, phony passion, goals and other claptrap if everything was okay? Clearly it isn’t, and so people cling to the new religion of optimism – because the future has to be better than the hell they live in right now.

But here is the twist – pessimists tend to be more successful and happier – the very things the optimist wants. Such cruel irony.

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When you no longer want peace and contentment you can be absolutely certain that you have found peace and contentment.

Optimism is not only a false but also a pernicious doctrine, for it presents life as a desirable state and man’s happiness as its aim and object. Starting from this, everyone then believes he has the most legitimate claim to happiness and enjoyment. - Schopenhauer

It is improbable that our ‘knowledge’ goes much further than what is absolutely necessary for the preservation of life. Morphology teaches us that an animal’s senses, nerves and brain develop in proportion to the difficulty it has in feeding itself. - Nietzsche.

Most people are searching for the secret to the happiest possible life. The reason this search persists through generations is that there is no secret and there is no happiest possible life.

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