Monday, January 25, 2010



Thomas Hardy, in The Life of Thomas Hardy: 1840-1928 (Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 2007), pp. 319-320:
A Pessimist's apology. Pessimism (or rather what is called such) is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.

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