the glass is half empty

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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"When you see the glass is half empty, you lose optimism.
Perhaps the first analysis-from the private sector-is 'the glass is half empty.' The second-'the glass is half full'-is from the United Nations economic experts.
Come on, let's all stop thinking the glass is half empty. Racing is a great day out, a great sport and can be so much fun.
"Some people might say the glass is half empty, I prefer to say it is half full.'' Trapattoni (left) was asked whether he felt he was close to being crucified.
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.