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Cynical Quotes
Cynical Sayings

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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong PHOTO

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

 

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell.
- Joan Crawford

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

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Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Love is an endless mystery,
for it has nothing else to explain it.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

A very small degree of hope
is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
- Henri B. Stendhal

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does.
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- James A. Baldwin

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

Love is an irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired.
- Robert Frost

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

Passion rules reason.
- Terry Goodkind

Life - for most people - is their past projected large
onto the movie screen of their future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most truths are so naked
that people feel sorry for them
and cover them up,
at least a little bit.
- Edward R. Murrow

Okay, so it's a matter of life and death - now are you happy?
Urgency is never a path to joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

The best way to keep your friends
is not to give them away.
- Wilson Mizner

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.
- Robert Frost

Life is a game - a game you can never win.
You already know the final score: Life 1, You 0.
Doesn't mean you can't have fun playing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The pendulum of the mind alternates
between sense and nonsense,
not between right and wrong.
- Carl Jung

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
- Francis Bacon

Your friends love you anyway.
- Dave Barry

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We only see what we want to see,
and hear what we want to hear
- don Miguel Ruiz

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity,
but in being uninteresting.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

Normal is in the eye of the beholder.
- Whoopi Goldberg

One never notices what has been done;
one can only see what remains to be done.
- Marie Curie

Be careful the friends you choose -
for you will become like them.
- W. Clement Stone

Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW
is only a small step and quickly taken.
- Mark Twain

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Life is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute -
only the last couple seconds are fatal,
but most people are scared to death the whole way down.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People do not like to think.
If one thinks, one must reach conclusions.
Conclusions are not always pleasant.
- Helen Keller

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

Always do the right thing.
It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

Here are the opinions on which my facts are based.
- Anonymous

That's the secret to life . . .
replace one worry with another.
- Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau

I love mankind, it's people I can't stand.
- Charles M. Schulz

The one who loves the least, controls the relationship.
- Robert Anthony

All people know the same truth.
Our lives consist of how we chose to distort it.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

The difference between stupidity and genius
is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

An unsolicited suggestion is
undistinguishable from a criticism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever I feel the need to exercise,
I lie down until it goes away.
- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
- W. C. Fields

Is That All There Is?
- Peggy Lee

The road to perdition has ever been
accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
- Albert Einstein

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully
as when they do it from religious conviction.
- Blaise Pascal

If you are not one of us, you are one of them.
- the movie The Matrix (1999)

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
- John Lennon

It's just random chance, baby; get used to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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