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Quote of the day: Optimists vs. pessimists

A friend passes along this aphorism, which was new to me: “In the 30s, the pessimists went to New York and the optimists went to Auschwitz.”

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A friend passed along this aphorism, which was new to me: “In the 30s, the pessimists went to New York and the optimists went to Auschwitz.”

That resonates with me particularly because recently, in a pessimistic mood, I wondered if the situation nowadays resembles the 1850s domestically but the 1930s internationally.

 

A friend passed along this aphorism, which was new to me: “In the 30s, the pessimists went to New York and the optimists went to Auschwitz.”

That resonates with me particularly because recently, in a pessimistic mood, I wondered if the situation nowadays resembles the 1850s domestically but the 1930s internationally.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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