Is the glass half empty or half full?

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Is the glass half empty or half full?

"Is the glass half empty or half full?" is a proverbial phrase, used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for pessimism (half empty) or optimism (half full), but there are other view points too, like realism (if poured out, half empty; if filled up, half full, but it is only a point of view), or as a litmus test to simply determine an individual's worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that a situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view.[1]

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  1. ^ Stephanie Stokes Oliver (27 November 2001). Seven Soulful Secrets for Finding Your Purpose and Minding Your Mission. Crown Publishing Group. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-385-48767-2. Retrieved 7 August 2013. I love that proverbial question, "Do you see the glass as half empty or half full?" It's like the litmus test for how you see the world.