Quotes About Cynicism

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

Dorothy Parker
“By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this --
One of you is lying.”
Dorothy Parker

George Carlin
“Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.”
George Carlin

Stephen Colbert
“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes'.”
Stephen Colbert

Terry Pratchett
“If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn't as cynical as real life.”
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Conan O'Brien
“All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
Conan O'Brien

Bill Bryson
“As my father always used to tell me, 'You see, son, there's always someone in the world worse off than you.' And I always used to think, 'So?”
Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

Sigmund Freud
“In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless.”
Sigmund Freud, Letters of Sigmund Freud, 1873-1939

Joseph Brodsky
“Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse”
Joseph Brodsky

“Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn't the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.”
Mike Royko

Scott Dikkers
“A true friend is a gift from God. Since God doesn't exist, guess what? Neither do true friends.”
Scott Dikkers, You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day

Glen Cook
“Every ounce of my cynicism is supported by historical precedent.”
Glen Cook, Shadow Games

Terry Pratchett
“I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Ambrose Bierce
“Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Stephen Colbert
“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.”
Stephen Colbert

Niccolò Machiavelli
“There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

Jean Anouilh
“I spit on your happiness! I spit on your idea of life--that life that must go on, come what may. You are all like dogs that lick everything they smell. You with your promise of a humdrum happiness--provided a person doesn't ask much of life. I want everything of life, I do; and I want it now! I want it total, complete: otherwise I reject it! I will not be moderate. I will not be satisfied with the bit of cake you offer me if I promise to be a good little girl. I want to be sure of everything this very day; sure that everything will be as beautiful as when I was a little girl. If not, I want to die!”
Jean Anouilh, Antigone

Leon Trotsky
“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, Diary in Exile, 1935

“I'm not ready to let the youthful part of myself go yet. If maturity means becoming a cynic, if you have to kill the part of yourself that is naive and romantic and idealistic - the part of you that you treasure most - to claim maturity, is it not better to die young but with your humanity intact?”
Kenneth Cain, Emergency Sex: And Other Desperate Measures

Jim Butcher
“You're such a cynic," Molly said.

"I think cynics are playful and cute.”
Jim Butcher, Changes

Peter M. Senge
“Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustrated idealist — someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.”
Peter M. Senge

Anthon St. Maarten
“Constantly exposing yourself to popular culture and the mass media will ultimately shape your reality tunnel in ways that are not necessarily conducive to achieving your Soul Purpose and Life Calling. Modern society has generally ‘lost the plot’. Slavishly following its false gods and idols makes no sense in a spiritually aware life.”
Anthon St. Maarten

John Irving
“Life is serious but art is fun!”
John Irving

Gabrielle Zevin
“What were you like," I asked her. "we're you happy? Or were you smiling because they told you to?”
Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Diogenes of Sinope
“It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.”
Diogenes of Sinope

Dorothy Parker
“All I have to be thankful for in this world is that I was sitting down when my garter busted.”
Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker

John Updike
“The world keeps ending but new people too dumb to know it keep showing up as if the fun's just started.”
John Updike, Rabbit Is Rich

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

Chris Wooding
“Cynicism was a one-way path, and once taken the way back was lost forever.”
Chris Wooding, Poison

Diogenes of Sinope
“It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.”
Diogenes of Sinope

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