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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

Kamand Kojouri
“Some people are in such utter darkness that they will burn you just to see a light. Try not to take it personally.”
Kamand Kojouri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Hunter S. Thompson
“A little bit of this town goes a very long way. After five days in Vegas you feel like you've been here for five years.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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

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

Ursula K. Le Guin
“I can never get used to the fact, though I know it, that women are born cynics. Men have to learn cynicism. Infant girls could teach it to them.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia

Joris-Karl Huysmans
“I marvel at the placidity of the Utopian who imagines that man is perfectible. There is no denying that the human creature is born selfish, abusive, vile. Just look around you and see. Society cynical and ferocious, the humble heckled and pillaged by the rich traffickers in necessities. Everywhere the triumph of the mediocre and unscrupulous, everywhere the apotheosis of crooked politics and finance. And you think you can make any progress against a stream like that? No, man has never changed. His soul was corrupt in the days of Genesis and is not less rotten at present. Only the form of his sins varies. Progress is the hypocrisy which refines the vices.”
Huysmans Joris-Karl Huysmans, Là-Bas

“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

Douglas Coupland
“Humans are part of nature, and nature is one great big wood chipper. Sooner or later, everything shoots out the other end in a spray of blood, bones, and hair.”
Douglas Coupland, Player One: What Is to Become of Us

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

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