Cynic Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Ambrose Bierce” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anais Nin” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynic is a coward. He foresees all barrenness so that barrenness can never surprise him.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Andrew Sarris” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is cynicism, and not idealism, that is generally the mark of youthful immaturity, or rather it is the cynic who is generally the most foolish romantic.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anna Funder” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynic sees only cynicism, the depressive can taint creation with one glance.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Carolyn Wells” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind’s eye.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Dudley Warner” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic might suggest as the motto of modern life this simple legend— Just as good as the real.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Eisenstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynic thinks that he is being practical and that the hopeful person is not. It is actually the other way around. Cynicism is paralyzing, while the naïve person tries what the cynic says is impossible and sometimes succeeds.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Colum Mccann” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynicism is easy. An optimist is a braver cynic.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Criss Jami” float=”none” width=”100%”]In the philosophical dialect, a cynic takes an insult as a compliment since opposition is already his style.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”David Gemmell” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic by experience, a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ed Stetzer” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you’re regularly willing to give a critique, but not willing to take one, you’re not a leader, you’re a cynic.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Eleanor Roosevelt” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is impossible to be a cynic if you live a good deal with young people. Fundamentally, every young person has a feeling that the future is going to hold something of value.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Evan Esar” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic sees little to admire in the world, while the world sees even less to admire in him.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Fannie Hurst” float=”none” width=”100%”]It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Friedrich Nietzsche” float=”none” width=”100%”]Perhaps no philosopher is more correct than the cynic. The happiness of the animal, that thorough cynic, is the living proof of cynicism.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”George Bernard Shaw” float=”none” width=”100%”]What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”George Carlin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Glenn Beck” float=”none” width=”100%”]Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic, and probably an injured one.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”H. L. Mencken” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”H. L. Mencken” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynics are right nine times out of ten.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”H. L. Mencken” float=”none” width=”100%”]The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry Ward Beecher” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynic puts all human actions into two classes – openly bad and secretly bad.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”James Gould Cozzens” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn’t any Santa Claus, and he’s still upset.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jeff Bridges” float=”none” width=”100%”]Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they’ve been hurt, they’re sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that’s protecting this tiny, dear part in them that’s still alive.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Updike” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic is a kind of romantic who has aged.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jose Ortega Y Gasset” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Julie Burchill” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic should never marry an idealist. For the cynic, marriage represents the welcome end of romantic life, with all its agony and ecstasy. But for the idealist, it is only the beginning.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lillian Hellman” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lord Chesterfield” float=”none” width=”100%”]The scholar without good breeding is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Maya Angelou” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Molly Ivins” float=”none” width=”100%”]It’s hard to argue against cynics – they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Oscar Wilde” float=”none” width=”100%”]What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Paul Hawken” float=”none” width=”100%”]The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Peggy Noonan” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try. —in Good Housekeeping[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”R. C. Sproul” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynicism and skepticism are the crudest form of quasi-intellectualism… Let the cynic become cynical of his cynicism and the skeptic skeptical of his skepticism and join the battle.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Don’t be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don’t bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Rick Bayan” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynic: an idealist whose rose-colored glasses have been removed, snapped in two and stomped into the ground, immediately improving his vision.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robert Anton Wilson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt… Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Shawn Colvin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynicism is tough. A cynic’s point of view is really pitiful. I derive pleasure out of a lot of things in life. As long as I’m fairly healthy, it’s hard to stay dismal for very long.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stefano Benni” float=”none” width=”100%”]”Cynic” is a word invented by optimists to put down realists.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen Colbert” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Uell Stanley Andersen” float=”none” width=”100%”]The cynic is his own worst enemy. It requires far less skill to run a wrecking company than it does to be an architect.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Vachel Lindsay” float=”none” width=”100%”]Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W. Somerset Maugham” float=”none” width=”100%”]No man in his heart is quite so cynical as a well-bred woman.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Wolfgang Beltracchi” float=”none” width=”100%”]For the cynic, art is defined through money. That, of course, is a very sad statement. But an artist is someone who does creative things.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Woody Allen” float=”none” width=”100%”]Cynicism is reality with an alternate spelling.[/wpsm_quote]