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Cynics Quotes

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The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

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Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

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.
- H. L. Mencken

The cynics are right nine times out of ten.
- H. L. Mencken

 

Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt...
Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt,
except themselves.
- Robert Anton Wilson

I think we have to believe we are here for some purpose,
and I know there are many cynics who will deny it,
but they don't live as if they deny it.
- Joshua Lederberg

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.
- Jeff Bridges

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Morality and expediency coincide more than the cynics allow.
- Roy Hattersley

Working together during the past three years,
we have confounded the skeptics and the cynics.
We've shown that here in Virginia, Democrats and Republicans can come together,
put politics aside, and make tough decisions when times demand it.
- Mark Warner

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

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers,
looks around for a coffin.
- H. L. Mencken

The believer's ray of light is the cynic's sunburn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cynic says, "One man can't do anything."
I say,
"Only one man can do anything."
- John W. Gardner

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
- Carolyn Wells

I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.
- Paul Getty

I'm an old cynic.
- Margot Kidder

Why should we strive, with cynic frown,
to knock their fairy castles down?
- Eliza Cook

I'm a hopeful cynic.
- Tracy Chapman

I am not a cynic.
- Kevin Costner

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man
to be clever enough not to.
- Fannie Hurst

Idealist: a cynic in the making.
- Irving Layton

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because
he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
- Maya Angelou

Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic,
and probably an injured one.
- Glenn Beck

Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest,
the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the
sinner his justification.
- Helen Rowland

Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are,
not as they ought to be.
- Ambrose Bierce

I'm very used to playing the tomboy or the sarcastic cynic.
That's my go-to.
Playing the vulnerable of a real girl that's in real womanlike situations,
where it's romanticized, I'm a little nervous about it.
- Kristen Bell

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count.
A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter.
A realist believes that what is done or left undone
in the short run determines the long run.
- Sydney J. Harris

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.
- Shawn Colvin

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

When all else fails, try thinking.
- Anonymous

Everything popular is wrong.
- Oscar Wilde

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

The bulk of the world's knowledge is an imaginary construction.
- Helen Keller

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

Never ascribe to malice that which is
adequately explained by incompetence.
- Napoleon

With manners comes insincerity.
Truth is sometimes difficult.
- Bono

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand
with a grip that kills it.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

An unsolicited suggestion is
undistinguishable from a criticism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein


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