Cynic Quotes

No man in his heart is quite so cynical as a well-bred woman.

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.

You may not call me naive. If you must label me, you may call me “not cynical”

It is a peculiarity of the American mind that it regards any excursion into the truth as an adventure into cynicism.

Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.

Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.

A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn’t any Santa Claus, and he’s still upset.