The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.
A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
Destiny came down to an island, centuries ago, and summoned three of the inhabitants before him. “What would you do, ” asked Destiny, “if I told you that tomorrow this island would be inundated by an immense tidal wave?” The first man, who was a cynic, said, “Why, I would eat, drink, carouse, and make […]
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
Know ye not, oh foolish ones, that a man dreadeth a female cynic as a small boy dreadeth an education?
An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
The opposite of creativity is cynicism.
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.