Three States in Life

Life has three states; you can be a pessimist, an optimist, or a philosopher.

The pessimist sees the world from the foot of a mountain and sees the path as dark.
The optimist sees the world from the mountainside and sees the flowers first.
The philosopher sees the world from the top of the mountain and sees the whole world.

The pessimist says: life is like a cup of bitter wine, the turbidity is bitter.
The optimist says: life is like a glass of wine, every drop is fragrant.
The philosopher says: life is like a cup of clear spring water, it is refreshing whether it is warm or cold.

The pessimist sees the sorrow of the withered flowers.
The optimist sees the splendor of the flowers blooms.
The philosopher sees the hope of the fruits that come from the flowers.

A pessimist sees the life and death of a man.
An optimist sees the sweetness of life.
The philosopher sees the spring, summer, autumn, and winter of life.

The pessimist shows a tendency to go a dark corner.
The optimist greets the bright side only.
The philosopher spans the two kingdoms of Yin and Yang.

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist waits for the wind to change direction.
The philosopher adjusts the sails.

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The pessimist lives by addition; they add hard work.
The optimist lives by subtraction; they reduce sadness.
The philosopher lives by division and shares the joy.


The original text of this article was in Chinese. The author is unknown.

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