Quotation by Thomas Hardy

Pessimism ... 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.
Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), British novelist, poet. Note, January 1, 1902. Published in Florence Emily Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy, ch. 7 (1930).
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