My quote a day webapp on my start page offered up this bit of wisdom from George F. Will:
"The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised."
George F. Will US editor, commentator, & columnist (1941 - )
He's not exactly my favorite person in the world, but I do think this about sums it up.
An optimist with a sense of history -- c1150