Quotes of Cynical

“ I've always been reasonably fatalistic. ”

- Nigel Mansell

“ I didn't want to do a Family Ties type show. It never really represented my outlook and my sense of humor. I'm at once very optimistic and very cynical, and on this show I can be that. ”

- Michael J. Fox

“ Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community. ”

- Johannes A. Gaertner

“ Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel. ”

- Joe Klein

“ I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business. ”

- Richard M. Nixon

“ Cannes is a very strange place. I tried to show up as best I could and to try not to be cynical. ”

- Lili Taylor

“ In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow you to get some entertainment out of it. ”

- Daniel Waters

“ I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical. ”

- Arthur C. Clarke

“ I've always been very skeptical about marriage, because I only want to do it once; I want to do it the right way. ”

- Sandra Bullock

“ The treacherous are ever distrustful. ”

- J. R. R. Tolkien

“ He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays - cynical, but hopeful. ”

- Dame Rose Macaulay

“ I once said cynically of a politician, 'He'll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it.'. ”

- Oscar Levant

“ All romantics meet the same fate someday. Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe. ”

- Joni Mitchell

“ Anyone who is not at least a little bit cynical is either one of the bad guys or totally ignorant and/or stupid, which is just as bad. ”

- Kenneth Quinnell

“ No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up. ”

- Lily Tomlin

“ The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget. ”

- John Berger

“ We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian. ”

- Lionel Trilling

“ You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism. ”

- W. Somerset Maugham

“ The European arguments against the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act demonstrate that some Europeans have never lost faith in appeasement as a way of life. It is clear that Iran is cynically manipulating gullible Europeans to advance its development of weapons of mass destruction. ”

- John Bolton

“ Sometimes, you know, the president is a father-like figure in American society, to most Americans, even today, no matter how cynical we've become. And people don't want to think that daddy's a bum all the time. They don't want to think that Daddy's a liar, a cheat and a fraud. ”

- Alec Baldwin

“ I'm not the type of guy who enjoys one-night stands. It leaves me feeling very empty and cynical. It's not even fun sexually. I need to feel something for the woman and entertain the vain hope that it may lead to a relationship. ”

- Ben Affleck

“ I may have grown cynical from long service, but this is a tendency I do not like, and I sometimes think I'd rather be a dog and bay at the moon than stay in the Senate another six years and listen to it. ”

- John Sharp Williams

“ We like to think it is enough if we keep our own lives straight. Quite plainly it is not. If we talk cynically or encourage a lowering of standards, even though we control our own actions, we become responsible for the failure of those who, weakened by our influence, fail to stand upright. ”

- George P.T. Sargent

“ I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. With all humility, I think whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self… ”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“ Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand… ”

- Francis Scott Fitzgerald

“ If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. ”

- Ray Bradbury

“ Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. ”

- Erica Jong

“ Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story… Be yourself… ”

- Max Ehrmann

“ How marvelous it all is! Built not by saints and angels, but the work of men's hands; cemented with men's honest blood and with a world of tears, welded by the best brains of centuries past; not without the taint and reproach incidental to all human work, but constructed on the whole with pure and splendid purpose… ”

- Lord Rosebery

“ One of the fundamental reasons why so many doctors become cynical and disillusioned is precisely because, when the abstract idealism has worn thin, they are uncertain about the value of the actual lives of the patients they are treating. This is not because they are callous or personally inhuman: it is because they live in and accept a society which is incapable of knowing what a human life is worth. ”

- John Berger
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