What is a cynic? A man, who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
Cynic: a sentimentalist on guard.
Cynic, n.: One who looks through rose-colored glasses with a jaundiced eye.
Don’t take any wooden nickles.
I’d rather be disappointed in some than cynical about all.
No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind’s eye.
If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
We cannot be in Johnson’s company long, without becoming aware that what draws us to him so closely is that he combined a disillusioned estimate of human nature sufficient to launch twenty little cynics, with a craving for love and sympathy urgent enough to turn a weaker nature into a benign sentimentalist.