Cynical Quotes

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François de La Rochefoucauld
“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
François de La Rochefoucauld

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
“If you're too open-minded; your brains will fall out.”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Diana Gabaldon
“Catholics don't believe in divorce. We do believe in murder. There's always Confession, after all.
--Brianna Fraser to Roger MacKenzie”
Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone

Samuel Johnson
“My congratulations to you, sir. Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. ”
Samuel Johnson

Iain M. Banks
“They speak very well of you".
- "They speak very well of everybody."
- "That so bad?"
- "Yes. It means you can´t trust them.”
Iain M. Banks

François de La Rochefoucauld
“One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

Aravind Adiga
“Go to Old Delhi,and look at the way they keep chickens there in the market. Hundred of pale hens and brightly colored roosters, stuffed tightly into wire-mesh cages. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them.They know they are next, yet they cannot rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with humans in this country.”
Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

Mark Twain
“Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.”
Mark Twain

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
“The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.”
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Arthur C. Clarke
“When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
Arthur C. Clarke

Cory Doctorow
“If you stare at someone long enough, they'll eventually look back at you.”
Cory Doctorow, Little Brother

Paulo Coelho
“There's nothing deeper than love. In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life,the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.”
Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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

J. Courtney Sullivan
“The girls said she was too cynical about love, but how could you not be? On the surface, relations between men and women were all soft kisses and white gowns and hand-holding. But underneath they were a scary, complicated, ugly mess, just waiting to rise to the surface.”
J. Courtney Sullivan, Commencement

“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

Dave Matthes
“...you're either gonna spend your life fucking pussy, or taking it to church.”
Dave Matthes, Bar Nights

William S. Burroughs
“And if you're doing a deal with a religious son of a bitch, get it in writing.”
William S. Burroughs

D.H. Lawrence
“Sometimes life takes hold of one, carries the body along, accomplishes one's history, and yet is not real, but leaves oneself as it were slurred over.”
D.H. Lawrence

Meghan Ciana Doidge
“Life made you get your hands dirty; life was vengeful if you tried an easy route.”
Meghan Ciana Doidge, After The Virus

Toba Beta
“It's just so perfuck.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

W. Edwards Deming
“Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.”
W. Edwards Deming

“Republican or Democrat, this nation's affluent urban and suburban classes understand their bread is buttered on the corporate side. The primary difference between the two parties is that the Republicans pretty much admit that they grasp and even endorse some of the nastiest facts of life in America. Republicans honestly tell the world: "Listen in on my phone calls, piss-test me until I'm blind, kill and eat all of my neighbors right in front of my eyes, but show me the money! Let me escape with every cent I can kick out of the suckers, the taxpayers, and anybody else I can get a headlock on, legally or otherwise." Democrats, in contrast, seem content to catalog the GOP's outrages against the Republic, showing proper indignation while laughing at episodes of The Daily Show. But they stand behind the American brand: imperialism. They "support our troops," though you will be hard put to find any of them who have served alongside them or who would send one of their own kids off to lose an eye or an arm in Iraq. They play the imperial game, maintain their credit ratings, and plan to keep the beach house and the retirement investments if it means sacrificing every damned Lynndie England in West Virginia.”
Joe Bageant, Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War

Rudolf Arnheim
“Nothing is more humbling than to look with a strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and articulated and striped with the same care and imagination as a zebra. Apparently it does not occur to nature whether or not a creature is within our range of vision, and the suspicion arises that even the zebra was not designed for our benefit.”
Rudolf Arnheim

Mette Ivie Harrison
“George stared at the dove. What would she say if she could speak to him? What would she wish for, for her father? For she, too, had been harmed by a man who had meant to show his utmost love for her.
It made George wonder why love was suppose to be such a wonderful thing. As far as he could tell, love was just another excuse for causing pain.”
Mette Ivie Harrison, The Princess and the Hound

Richard Kadrey
“The universe is a meat grinder and we're just pork in designer shoes, keeping busy so we can pretend we're not all headed for the sausage factory. Maybe I've been hallucinating this whole time and there is no Heaven and Hell. Instead of having to choose between God and the devil, maybe our only real choice comes down to link or patty?”
Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead

Jhonen Vásquez
“Well, I just don’t want you to think that this piece of shit is anything other than a pathetic, human defect. Nothing more. Not a monster, not a bogeyman. Nothing but another reason to feel better about yourself. Understand that it’s just a person - not worth devoting any nightmares to.”
Jhonen Vasquez, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Director's Cut

Franklin P. Adams
“Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.”
Franklin P. Adams

“Being unhappy alone isn't all that much fun, but what's even tougher is playing one's part without forgetting one's lines, coping with other people's compassion, their comments, being there with the right line when they give the cue.”
Francois Maspero, Cat's Grin

Dave Matthes
“There just isn’t enough cock in this world to be caught suckin’ and be called anything but a slut for life. The cynic in me would call it a bad habit, but that’d make me a whore in denial and if there’s one thing I am, it’s an honest bitch. Then again, you don’t get famous for being daddy’s little angel, but you can easily fall into the Infamy Bracket by preaching a made-up Bible quote now and again. They say I’m shallow, but I’ve made a living out off diving off the deep end.”
Dave Matthes, Sleepeth Not, the Bastard

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
“- We're winning!

- Who is 'we', mon Prince?

- Not a word! I will tell you tomorrow.”
Talleyrand

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