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Philosophy is not darkly pessimistic and fatalistic, as a surface view makes some think. Nor, on the other hand, is it childishly optimistic and voluntaristic, as some mystical cults are. It takes fair and proper note of the real state of the world, refusing to be deceived by misconceptions and illusions or by wishfulness and egoism.

-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience > Chapter 1: Situation > # 323

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