Cynicism Quotes

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. - H. L. Mencken

 

The only deadly sin I know is cynicism. - Henry Lewis Stimson

 

Cynicism is the humor of hatred. - Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

 

CYNIC: One who not only reads bitter lessons from the past, but who is prematurely disappointed with the future. - Source Unknown

 

The cynic never grows up, but commits intellectual suicide. - Dean Charles R. Brown

 

I'm a hopeful cynic. - Tracy Chapman

 

A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset. - James G. Cozzens

 

Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty. - Nietzche Evil

 

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to. - Fannie Hurst

 

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.-H. L. Mencken

 

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

 

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.-Henry Ward Beecher

 

Cynicism is intellectual treason.-Norman Cousins

 

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.-Oscar Wilde

 

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.-Henry Louis Mencken

 

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.-J. Russel Lynes

 

A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.-Ambrose Bierce

 

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.-Fannie Hurst

 

A cynic might suggest as the motto of modern life this simple legend - 'Just as good as the real.'-Charles Dudley Warner

 

Cynicism is the humor of hatred.-Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

 

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.-George Jean Nathan

 

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.-Fannie Hurst

 

A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.-James G. Cozzens

 

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.-Carolyn Wells

 

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.-Oscar Wilde

 

A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.-J. G. Cozzens

 

I'm a hopeful cynic.-Tracy Chapman

 

The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.-Henry L. Stimson

 

This isn't really a convention, This is really an infomercial. And every night we'll have a different infomercial and people view it with a certain level of cynicism.-Susan Estrich

 

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.-Kenneth Clark

 

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

 

I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth.-Reinhold Niebuhr

 

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement.-Ken Burns

 

I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.-Tom Hanks

 

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.-George W. Bush

 

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?-Barack Obama

 

Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does.-Paul Horgan

 

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.-George Jean Nathan

 

It's a good time to be making movies, despite the cynicism people have about Hollywood.-Rob Morrow

 

Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.-Leon Trotsky

 

Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they've been hurt, they're sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that's protecting this tiny, dear part in them that's still alive.-Jeff Bridges

 

My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.-Ted Koppel

 

Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe in the possibilities for genuine democracy.-William Greider

 

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.-Twyla Tharp

 

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.-Elliot Richardson

 

Reforming public education, cutting property taxes, fixing adult and child protective services and funding our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans engage in consensus and cooperation - not cynicism and combat.-Rick Perry

 

The cynicism that you have is not your real soul.-Yoko Ono

 

The nature of journalism has been the enemy of idealism and the source of cynicism among American reporters and editors throughout our history.-Richard Harwood

 

The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.-Henry L. Stimson

 

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.-George Bernard Shaw

 

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.-Joyce Carol Oates

 
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