Cynics Quotes

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William Goldman
“Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Anthon St. Maarten
“Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.”
Anthon St. Maarten

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

Jewel
“True cynics kill themselves. The rest are posers, trying to use clever sarcasm and snarky remarks to hide insecurity and the fear that if they put themselves out there, they will fail.”
Jewel, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story

John Ortberg
“Scratch the surface of any cynic, and you will find a wounded idealist underneath. Because of previous pain or disappointment, cynics make their conclusions about life before the questions have even been asked. This means that beyond just seeing what is wrong with the world, cynics lack the courage to do something about it. The dynamic beneath cynicism is a fear of accepting responsibility.”
John Ortberg, Faith & Doubt

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

Ray Bradbury
“Will any of those men under you ever really understand all this? They're professional cynics, and it's too late for them. Why do you want to go back with them? So you can keep up with the Joneses? To buy a gyro just like the Smith has? To listen to music with your pocketbook instead of your glands?”
Ray Bradbury

“Isn't it strange how the most lethal cynics are often the most optimistic creative dreamers?”
Robert Black

“We discover truth by asking rapier-like questions that cut through the thick fog of doctrinarism. Artists and philosophers must be subversive: we need these rebellious cynics to ask questions, they must resist cultural norms; seek out truths that are not self-evident and challenge everything. Doubt, not blind belief, is essential for discovering truth.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Camilo Garzón
“And then comes the realization. That although a house was taken from you, you can still build a home in a wine jar.”
Camilo Garzon

“Cynic: a dead man walking.”
Marty Rubin

“Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve.”
Gordon Hinckley
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“One shouldn't be labelled a cynic just because one refuses to believe in fairy tales.”
Marty Rubin

Avijeet Das
“This world if full of people who don't have a loving heart. People who are self centered and can't even bring a smile to another person's face. These people have to change themselves before they become cynics. The world needs love and kindness. The indifference of people will not make them heroes of the world!

- Avijeet Das”
Avijeet Das

Avijeet Das
“This world is full of people who don't have a loving heart. People who are self-centered and can't even bring a smile to another person's face. These people have to change themselves before they become cynics. The world needs love and kindness. The indifference that a majority of people have will not make these people the heroes of the future!”
Avijeet Das

H.L. Mencken
“The cynics are right nine times out of ten.”
Henry Louis Mencken

William Desmond
“Most radical of all in their scepticism were the Cynics. From Diogenes until the last ‘dogs’ of the ancient world, the Cynics defined themselves first by ‘snarling’ at the institutions, rituals, beliefs and assumptions by which their contemporaries lived. To list their different acts of critique would be to compose a long priamel: ‘Not this, not that, and definitely not that’, says the Cynic in his scorn for all things merely conventional. In his seemingly universal nay-saying, the Cynic avoids traditional clothes, jewellery and bodily adornments for his own ‘uniform’; he restricts his diet; does not live in a house; derides bathing, sports, the Games; scoffs at festivals, sacrifice, prayer and religious life generally; does not marry, dodges work and steers clear of the courts, assembly, army and other arenas of political participation. He even strives to bust out of old patterns of talking, and tosses up for himself a wild new language.”
William Desmond, Cynics

“You're either a cynic or a fool.”
Marty Rubin

“When the slave auctioneer asked him what he was skilled at, Diogenes said “At governing people,” and, pointing to a well-dressed buyer, he said “Sell me to that man, for he wants a master.”
James Fieser