"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), 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.
- ^ 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.