Quotes of Cynicism

“ Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. ”

- David T. Wolf

“ 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, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. ”

- H. L. Mencken

“ My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists. ”

- Jean Rostand

“ Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. ”

- Lillian Hellman

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

- Lily Tomlin

“ What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try. ”

- Peggy Noonan

“ Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves. ”

- Robert Anton Wilson

“ A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. ”

- Sidney J. Harris

“ Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil. ”

- Vachel Lindsay

“ The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. ”

- David T. Wolf

“ I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will. ”

- Clint Eastwood

“ What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. ”

- Sidney J. Harris

“ Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth. ”

- Lillian Hellman

“ Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try. ”

- Peggy Noonan

“ Cynicism is cheap — you can buy it at any Monoprix store — it's built into all poor-quality goods. ”

- Graham Greene

“ Cynicism is humor in ill health. ”

- H.G. Wells

“ Cynicism is intellectual dandyism. ”

- George Meredith

“ Cynicism is the humor of hatred. ”

- Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

“ Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence. ”

- Russell Lynes

“ Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty. ”

- Nietzche Evil

“ I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all. ”

- Ralph B. Perry

“ The only deadly sin I know is cynicism. ”

- Henry Lewis Stimson

“ The worst cynicism: a belief in luck. ”

- Joyce Carol Oates

“ We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. ”

- Lord Clark Kenneth

“ My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists. ”

- Jean Rostand

“ Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself. ”

- Golda Meir
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