Cynicism Quotes

  • “Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
  • “Cynical is a word used by the frightened to describe the realistic.” ~ Snog, Australian industrial rock band
  • “I once said cynically of a politician, ‘He’ll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.'” ~ Oscar Levant
  • “I’m not cynical. I’m just experienced.” ~ Anonymous
  • “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  • “Cyn-ic: An idealist whose rose-colored glasses have been removed, snapped in two, and stomped into the ground, immediately improving his vision.” ~ Rick Bayan, The Cynic’s Sanctuary
  • “There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • “Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic, and probably an injured one.” ~ Glenn Beck
  • “The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes – openly bad and secretly bad.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • “A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.” ~ H. L. Mencken
  • “I am free of prejudice. I hate everyone equally. ” ~ W.C. Fields
  • “Idealist: a cynic in the making.” ~ Irving Layton
  • “Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.” ~ Lillian Hellman
  • “A cynic is what an idealist calls a realist.” w:Sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Minister by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
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