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Cynicism Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Cynicism

Please enjoy these Cynicism Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism
and polls and principles,
come and join this campaign.
- George W. Bush

I am most proud of my integrity and least proud of my cynicism.
- Chloe Sevigny

Irony differentiates.
Cynicism never does.
- Paul Horgan

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism.
I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
- Patricia Ireland

 

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.
- Russell Lynes

In the end, that's what this election is about.
Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
- Barack Obama

Anything that has cynicism to it and that's jaded is smutty.
- Sandra Bernhard

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The cynicism that you have is not your real soul.
- Yoko Ono

You have no values. With you its all nihilism,
cynicism, sarcasm, and orgasm.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

I read some of my stories recently and thought,
'How in the hell did I get away with that?' I had some
really raw cynicism in some of them.
- Carl Barks

I have no cynicism at all.
- Antony Sher

The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.
- Henry L. Stimson

Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.
- George Meredith

Cynicism is humor in ill health.
- H. G. Wells

I don't think I have one iota of cynicism about acting.
- Donald Sutherland

Most cynics are really crushed romantics:
they've been hurt,
they're sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that's protecting this tiny,
dear part in them that's still alive.
- Jeff Bridges

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
- Norman Cousins

You know what the critics are.
If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical
and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

Cynicism is the humour of hatred.
- Herbert Beerbohm

The nature of journalism has been the enemy of idealism
and the source of cynicism among American reporters
and editors throughout our history.
- Richard Harwood

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- Lillian Hellman

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more
energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
- Twyla Tharp

My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us
to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.
- Ted Koppel

This isn't really a convention, This is really an infomercial.
And every night we'll have a different infomercial
and people view it with a certain level of cynicism.
- Susan Estrich

It's a good time to be making movies,
despite the cynicism people have about Hollywood.
- Rob Morrow

I think a lot of cynicism has dropped away from my
shoulders since I stopped drinking.
- Graham Coxon

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that
is penetrating and valid.
- George Jean Nathan

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe
in the possibilities for genuine democracy.
- William Greider

For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment;
in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and
a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss.
- Edward Dowden

I don't think you can ever be ahead of your time with
cynicism about that subject.
No, I don't think it was ahead of its time.
I think it was very much a product of its time.
- Joe Dante

I think there ought to be a club in which preachers
and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism
of the one matched with the cynicism of the other.
That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

Cynicism is tough.
A cynic's point of view is really pitiful.
I derive pleasure out of a lot of things in life.
As long as I'm fairly healthy, it's hard to stay dismal for very long.
- Shawn Colvin

Life is not an easy matter...
You cannot live through it without falling into frustration
and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea
which raises you above personal misery,
above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
- Leon Trotsky

Reforming public education, cutting property taxes,
fixing adult and child protective services and funding
our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans
engage in consensus and cooperation -
not cynicism and combat.
- Rick Perry

And introduce an element of cynicism and darkness into
it and just realize that we're all vulnerable.
We are humans.
There is a finite end to this life and we're all going
to face it and a little silliness can help.
- Alan Thicke

Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism
is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect
individuals have been taken out of any system that
has accountability or that they can influence.
- Robert Teeter

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism,
and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived.
Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear -
it's active disengagement.
- Ken Burns

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The magic words for a great relationship are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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)

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard


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