Cynic Quotes

I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security – out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction.

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

I hate cynicism a great deal worse than I do the devil; unless perhaps the two were the same thing.

The progress of cynicism: We start out as Americans, we end up French. We both love the people, but you love them as infants whom you are afraid to trust without nurses, and I as adults whom I freely leave to self-government.

The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

Cynicism: The intellectual cripple’s substitute for intelligence.

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 […]

False hope really makes you cynical.

Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic’s eyes to improve his vision.