Most popular cynicism quotes
Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage — however often we are hurt as a result of it.
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. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes — openly bad and secretly bad.
We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence. It is the dishonest businessman's substitute for conscience. It is the communicator's substitute, whether he is advertising man or editor or writer, for self-respect.
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
Cynicism is a form of cowardice, a failure of courage to hope.
The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack, and subconsciously, beneath their condescension, deeply wish they had.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
The danger of cynicism is getting what you believe in: nothing.
When one's cynicism becomes perfect and absolute, there is no longer any thing amusing in the stupidity and hypocrisy of the herd. It is all to be expected—what else could human nature produce?
If to look truth in the face and not resent it when it is unpalatable, and take human nature as you find it, smiling when it's absurd and grieved without exaggeration when it's pitiful, is to be cynical, then I suppose I'm a cynic.
It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.
The greater part of the truth is always hidden, in regions out of the reach of cynicism.
Cynicism is humor in ill-health.
Cynicism is merely the art of seeing things as they are instead of as they ought to be.
The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
Cynicism is humour in ill health.