Cynic Quotes

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Oscar Wilde
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

H.P. Lovecraft
“It is good to be a cynic — it is better to be a contented cat — and it is best not to exist at all.”
H.P. Lovecraft, Collected Essays 5: Philosophy, Autobiography and Miscellany

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

Colum McCann
“He might have been naive, but he didn't care; he said he's rather die with his heart on his sleeve than end up another cynic.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

Criss Jami
“Trustful people are the pure at heart, as they are moved by the zeal of their own trustworthiness.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“You are a cynical man, Mr. Pleasant."
"We live in cynical times, Miss Cain.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Oscar Wilde
“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
tags: cynic

“It all depends on what people you're talking about helping. That's the wonderful think about just about every religion on the planet - they're all so incredibly selfish.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

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

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, Vicious Circle

Criss Jami
“In the philosophical dialect, a cynic takes an insult as a compliment since opposition is already his style.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I am metaphysical being, mystical and emotional, skeptical and cynical, happy and boisterous, loud and bawdy, quiet and melancholy, tender and cruel, full of mirth and despair. Inherent inconsistences mark me as part of nature, which is neither cruel nor fair, or reliable or predictable.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Criss Jami
“The only activity a cynic will find contagious is yawning, that is, with other people, at other people.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

“Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers,
things standing shall fall,
but the moving ever shall stay.”
Basava, The Lord of the Meeting Rivers: Devotional Poems of Basavanna

H.P. Lovecraft
“Only a cynic can create horror--for behind every masterpiece of the sort must reside a driving demonic force that despises the human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and mock them.”
H. P. Lovecraft

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“It is only the cynic who claims “to speak the truth” at all times and in all places to all men in the same way, but who, in fact, displays nothing but a lifeless image of the truth. . . . He dons the halo of the fanatical devotee of truth who can make no allowance for human weaknesses; but, in fact, he is destroying the living truth between men. He wounds shame, desecrates mystery, breaks confidence, betrays the community in which he lives, and laughs arrogantly at the devastation he has wrought and at the human weakness which “cannot bear the truth.”
Dietrich Bonheoffer

Diane Setterfield
“The doctor's wife wasn't a bad woman. She was sufficiently convinced of her own importance to believe that God actually did watch everything she did and listen to everything she said, and she was too taken up with rooting out the pride she was prone to feeling in her own holiness to notice any other failings she might have had. She was a do-gooder, which means that all the ill she did, she did without realizing it.”
Diane Setterfield

“This boy," he said, indicating the paintings with one sweep of his arms, "was romantic. He thought that it was beauty that bound everything together. And for him it was true. Life had been beautiful for him. He was very young. He knew very little of life. He saw beauty but he did not feel any true passion. How could he? He did not know. He had not really encountered the force of beauty's opposite."
"Are you more cynical now, then?" she asked him.
"Cynical," he frowned, "No, not that. I know that there is an ugly side of life-and not just human life. I know that everything is not simply beautiful. I am not a romantic as this boy was. But I am not a cynic either. There is something enduring in all of life, Anne, something tough. Something. Something terribly weak yet incredibly powerful...”
Mary Balogh, Simply Love

Henry Ward Beecher
“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 the light, always pursuing vermin and never hunting noble game.”
Henry Ward Beecher

Jennifer Crusie
“The first rule in life is 'everybody lies.' Remember that and you'll get a lot further.”
Jennifer Crusie, What The Lady Wants

“Life was very sad if there were not - and unbearably so if one's experience with romantic love turned one into an incurable cynic.”
Mary Balogh, At Last Comes Love
tags: cynic, love

“A cynic is just a wounded romantic.”
Pamela Jaye Smith, The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains, Dangerous Situations, & Dramatic Conflict

Thomm Quackenbush
“She is so free with herself and so certain of her path, something I now cynically believe only comes from not being aware of the infinite multitude of right paths.”
Thomm Quackenbush, Pagan Standard Times: Essays on the Craft

Criss Jami
“Where neither go wrong, the naive only see the world as a victim of bad doctrine; the cynic only sees good doctrine as a victim of the world.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Debasish Mridha
“A positive person discusses possibilities. A negative person discusses problems. A cynic is oblivious to positivity and negativity.”
Debasish Mridha

Thomm Quackenbush
“Having in our childhood felt primal awe for the spectacle of the holiday, we are told to age into feeling sullen and resentful. You are supposed to proclaim Santa dead like preadolescent Nietzsches and decry the whole month as an orgy of crass commercialism.”
Thomm Quackenbush, A Creature Was Stirring

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It is not only every man for himself but also every man for some men for himself.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Diogenes was a cynic at his best. He was in search of an honest man but not an hones woman.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

“A cynic and an ideologist share a common pod of unrealized hopes, expectations, and beliefs. Just as an idealist metamorphoses into a crank right before turning into a full-fledged crackpot, I was bound to be disillusioned when the real world did not match my winged thoughts.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals.”
Diogenes the Cynic

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