Pessimism (See also Cynicism, Skepticism.) Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Pessimism (See also Cynicism, Skepticism.)

  1. Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary or Martha Burke, 1852–1903) frontierswoman; mannish prophetess of doom. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 71]
  2. Cassandra no credence ever given to her truthful prophecies of doom. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 51]
  3. City of Dreadful Night, The expresses a passionate faith in pessimism as the only sensible philosophy. [Br. Poetry: James Thomson The City of Dreadful Night in Benét, 202]
  4. Gerontion old man who deplores aging, aridity, and spiritual decay and despairs of civilization. [Br. Poetry: Benét, 391]
  5. Gloomy Gus one with a pessimistic outlook on the world. [Am. Usage: Misc.]
  6. Heraclitus (535–475 B.C.) “Weeping Philosopher”; grieved over man’s folly. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1146]
  7. Micaiah always prophesied misfortune for King Ahab. [O.T.: I Kings 22:8]
  8. Murphy’s Law “If anything can go wrong, it will.” [Am. Culture: Wallechinsky, 480]
  9. Schopenhauer, Arthur (1788–1860) German philosopher known for philosophy of pessimism. [Ger. Hist.: NCE, 2447]