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CYNICISM
[ Also see Cynics ]

There is so much trouble in coming into the world, and so much more, as well as meanness, in going out of it, that it is hardly worth while to be here at all.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

Nil admirari is the motto which men of the world always affect. They think it vulgar to wonder, or be enthusiastic. They have so much corruption and so much charlatanism that they think the credit of all high qualities must be delusive.
      - Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Refuse to be cynical. Refuse to think that things can never change.
      - John Callaway,
        in a commencement address at DePaul University, June 12, 2005

Indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.
      - Charles Dickens

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't hang a dismal picture on the wall, and do not daub with sables and glooms in your conversation. Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and bemoan. Omit the negative propositions. Nerve us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. When that is spoken which has a right to be spoken, the chatter and the criticism will stop. Set down nothing that will not help somebody.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
      - Lillian Hellman

The cynics are right nine times out of ten.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.
      - George Meredith

The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who don't have it.
      - George Bernard Shaw

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?
      - George Bernard Shaw

A cynic, a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Lady Windermere's Fan (act III)


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