Quotation Explorer - 'Cynicism'

Tomorrow's world can not exist without morals, without faith and memory. Cynicism, narrow interests and cowardice must not occupy our lives. - King Michael of Romania
His age was indeterminate. But in cynicism and general world weariness, which is a sort of carbon dating of the personality, he was about seven thousand years old. - Terry Pratchett
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. - George Bernard Shaw
Ignore cynicism, appreciate criticism, and embrace optimism. - Debasish Mridha
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. - Lillian Hellman
I was too green to know that all cynicism masks a failure to cope -- an impotence, in short; and that to despise all effort is the greatest effort of all.
Cynicism is extremely contagious, and the most pious among us cannot long endure its potency. The gullible should be on their guard, however, since this endearing quality frequently masquerades as wit. - Mike Corbett
Cynicism places the cynic at the center seat of judgement with the self appointed authority to criticize and condemn. - Jayce O'Neal
our triumphant age of plenty is riddled with darker feelings of doubt, cynicism, distrust, boredom and a strange kind of emptiness - Samuel Johnson
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth. - Lillian Hellman
Cynicism is what passes for insight when courage is lacking. - Anita Roddick
People who are drawn to journalism are usually people who, because of their cynicism or emotional detachment or reserve or whatever, are incapable of being anything but witnesses to events. Something prevents them from becoming involved, committed, and allows them to remain separate. - Nora Ephron
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it. - George Bernard Shaw
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. - Stephen Colbert
A poet, any real poet, is simply an alchemist who transmutes his cynicism regarding human beings into an optimism regarding the moon, the stars, the heavens, and the flowers, to say nothing of the spring, love, and dogs. - George Jean Nathan
I fight cynicism. It`s too easy. It`s really boring. It`s much harder to be positive and see the wonder of everything. Cynicism is a bunch of people who aren`t as talented as other people, knocking them because they make them feel even more untalented. - Ewan McGregor
I am discovering that I can live far better without cynicism than I can without trust. - Steve Goodier
America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world. - Dinesh D'Souza
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. - David T. Wolf
I'm actually equal parts cynicism and apathy. I'm always willing to believe the worst as long as it doesn't take too much effort. - Dennis Miller
She (historian Barbara Tuchman) draws on skepticism, not cynicism, leaving the reader not so much outraged by human ability as amused and saddened by human folly. - Robert K. Massie
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. - Erica Jong
Cynicism is when a small mind and a hurt heart rejects the hope, love, and truth of a big and caring God. - Jayce O'Neal
Evil is boring. Cynicism is pointless. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Hopelessness is self-indulgent. On the other hand: Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Chronic ecstasy is a learnable skill. - Rob Brezsny
The foolishness of youth with the cynicism of age is a dangerous combination. - Murad S. Shah
America is a country in which I see the most persistant idealism and the blandest of cynicism and the race is on between its vitality and its decadence. - Alistair Cooke
Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try. - Peggy Noonan
The cynic sees only cynicism, the depressive can taint creation with one glance - Anna Funder
(Vice President) Garner has taken his personal smallness, his lack of generosity, and forged it into a political principle. He has no imagination, no convictions, and he substitutes political cynicism for social understanding. - Hamilton Basso
Cynicism is the calling card of unhappy people. - Iimani David
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