Quotes About Cynicism

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“Sometimes I think books are the only friends worth having.”
Susie Derkins

Alain de Botton
“Cynics are - beneath it all - only idealists with awkwardly high standards.”
Alain de Botton

James Scott Bell
“...God created the world in six days. On the seventh day, he rested. On the eighth day, he started getting complaints. And it hasn't stopped since.”
James Scott Bell, Sins of the Fathers

Walter M. Miller Jr.
“Ignorance is king. Many would not profit by his abdication. Many enrich themselves by means of his dark monarchy. They are his Court, and in his name they defraud and govern, enrich themselves and perpetuate their power. Even literacy they fear, for the written word is another channel of communication that might cause their enemies to become united. Their weapons are keen-honed, and they use them with skill. They will press the battle upon the world when their interests are threatened, and the violence which follows will last until the structure of society as it now exists is leveled to rubble, and a new society emerges. I am sorry. But that is how I see it.”
Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

Ewan McGregor
“I fight cynicism. It`s too easy. It`s really boring. It`s much harder to be positive and see the wonder of everything. Cynicism is a bunch of people who aren`t as talented as other people, knocking them because they make them feel even more untalented.”
Ewan McGregor

Alain de Botton
“If cynicism and love lie at opposite ends of a spectrum, do we not sometimes fall in love in order to escape the debilitating cynicism to which we are prone? Is there not in every coup de foudre a certain willful exaggeration of the qualities of the beloved, an exaggeration which distracts us from our habitual pessimism and focuses our energies on someone in whom we can believe in a way we have never believed in ourselves?”
Alain de Botton, On Love

Tom Waits
“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.”
Tom Waits, The Early Years: The Lyrics, 1971-1983

Julian Barnes
“Loving humanity means as much, and as little, as loving raindrops, or loving the Milky Way. You say that you love humanity? Are you sure you aren’t treating yourself to easy self-congratulation, seeking approval, making certain you’re on the right side?”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

Mike Carey
“That's what I've never been able to get about religion: that charmless combination of altruism and insanity. Give me a cynical, self-interested bastard any day of the week; at least you can play chicken with him and know he'll stick to the rules.”
Mike Carey

Michael Crichton
“Nobody is driven by abstractions like 'seeking truth.”
Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Jess C. Scott
“It's weird, marriage. It's like this license that gives a person the legal right to control their spouse / their 'other half.”
Jess C. Scott, Blind Leading Another

Edith Wharton
“Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?”
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

“Everyone is a little bitter. We're born bitter. The personality itself is really just a very complex defense mechanism. A reaction to the first time someone said, "No you can't.”
Marc Maron, Attempting Normal

Jayce O'Neal
“Cynicism is when a small mind and a hurt heart rejects the hope, love, and truth of a big and caring God.”
Jayce O'Neal

Milan Kundera
“Too much faith is the worst ally. When you believe in something literally, through your faith you'll turn it into something absurd. One who is a genuine adherent, if you like, of some political outlook, never takes its sophistries seriously, but only its practical aims, which are concealed beneath these sophistries. Political rhetoric and sophistries do not exist, after all, in order that they be believed; rather, they have to serve as a common and agreed upon alibi. Foolish people who take them in earnest sooner or later discover inconsistencies in them, begin to protest, and finish finally and infamously as heretics and apostates. No, too much faith never brings anything good...”
Milan Kundera

Paul E. Miller
“To be cynical is to be distant. While offering a false intimacy of being "in the know," cynicism actually destroys intimacy. It leads to a creeping bitterness that can deaden and even destroy the spirit...
A praying life is just the opposite. It engaged evil. It doesn't take no for an answer. The psalmist was in God's face, hoping, dreaming, asking. Prayer is feisty. Cynicism, on the other hand, merely critiques. It is passive, cocooning itself from the passions of the great cosmic battle we are engaged in. It is without hope.”
Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

George Orwell
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
money, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And
though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries,
and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could
remove mountains, and have not money, I am nothing. And though I
bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to
be burned, and have not money, it profiteth me nothing. Money
suffereth long, and is kind; money envieth not; money vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her
own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in
iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth
all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. . . . And now
abideth faith, hope, money, these three; but the greatest of these
is money.

I Corinthians xiii (adapted) ”
George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Diogenes of Sinope
“I am a citizen of the world.”
Diogenes of Sinope, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers

“Cynicism, like gullibility, is a symptom of underdeveloped critical faculties.”
Jamie Whyte, Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders

Jackson Burnett
“A thousand years from now nobody is
going to know that you or I ever lived. The cynic is
right, but lazy. He says ‘You live, you die and nothing you do will ever make a difference.’ But as long as I live, I’m going to be like Beethoven and shake my fist at fate and try to do something for those who live here now and who knows how far into the future that will go. If I accomplish nothing more than making my arm sore, at least I will be satisfied that I have lived.”
Jackson Burnett, The Past Never Ends

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

Dennis Lehane
“The world didn't give a shit. It didn't bestow. It took”
Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

“Maybe your empathy's just a comforting lie, you ever think of that? Maybe you think you know how the other person feels but you're only feeling yourself, maybe you're even worst than me. Or maybe we're all just guessing.”
Peter Watts, Blindsight

Xavier Velasco
“Si la cursilería fuera un pecado, yo cada noche me ganaría el infierno.”
Xavier Velasco, Éste que ves

H. Rider Haggard
“It is a well-known fact that very often, putting the period of boyhood out of the argument, the older we grow the more cynical and hardened we become; indeed, many of us are only saved by timely death from moral petrification, if not from moral corruption.”
H. Rider Haggard, She

Joseph Heller
“Gold was not sure of many things, but he was definite about one: for every successful person he knew, he could name at least two others of greater ability, better, and higher intelligence who, by comparison, had failed.”
Joseph Heller, Good as Gold

Sharon Kay Penman
“…a cynic who was still saddened whenever his jaundiced view of mankind was confirmed...”
Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept

Max Brooks
“Can you ever "solve" disease, unemployment, war, or any other societal herpes? Hell no. All you can hope for is to make them manageable enough to allow people to get on with their lives. That's not cynicism, that's maturity.”
Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Jayce O'Neal
“Cynicism places the cynic at the center seat of judgement with the self appointed authority to criticize and condemn. ”
Jayce O'Neal

John Updike
“The fucking world is running out of gas.”
John Updike, Rabbit Is Rich

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