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the glass is half empty

The situation is generally worse or less hopeful than might otherwise be perceived. Even in the best of times, Mark always maintains a view that the glass is half empty.
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Come on, let's all stop thinking the glass is half empty.
Everyone knows a pessimist thinks his glass is half empty while an optimist believes his glass is half full.
Still, whether your glass is half empty or half full, I can't help but believe that there has never been a better time to be a California CPA.
Surely it would be much better to say: 'Hey, the glass is half empty --that's the space I need to fill, I need to work harder to fill my glass.
Once the glass is half empty, it seems, you're more or less drinking in the spirit of Psalm 104, which calls "wine that cheers the hearts of men" a divine blessing.
For example, if we fill an 8 ounce glass with 4 ounces of water, we can bemoan the fact that the glass is half empty or we can be grateful that the glass is half full.