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Cynics And Cynicism Quotes

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

The cynic never grows up, but commits intellectual suicide.

Author: Dean Charles R. Brown

Profession:

I'm a hopeful cynic.

Author: Tracy Chapman

Profession: British Stage and Television Comedian

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.

Author: James G. Cozzens (1903-1978)

Profession: American Novelist

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.

Author: Nietzche Evil

Profession:

The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

Cynicism is cheap -- you can buy it at any Monoprix store -- it's built into all poor-quality goods.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.

Author: Sidney J. Harris (1917)

Profession: American Journalist

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

Author: Fannie Hurst

Profession:

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.

Author: Russell Lynes (1910)

Profession: American Editor, Critic

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

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

The cynics are right nine times out of ten.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist