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Glass-half-empty

"And what about you, what are you going to do with the time you have left?" asked Eleonore.

He thought of different answers, and then he plucked up his courage and said, "Maybe have a baby with the woman I love."

Eleonore was quiet for a while. Then she said, "Actually I don't think I'm optimistic enough to have a baby. I think that life is too difficult, that the world might be worse in the future, and I don't want to bring a child into this world if it's going to have a life of suffering..."

This was another glass-half-full or glass-half-empty way of seeing life, thought Hector. He also said to himself that, for her to think that way, Eleonore must have already had quite a lot of half-empty glasses thrown in her face when she was a little girl.

(Francois Lelord, Hector and the Search of Lost Time, p. 84)

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