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.
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.