An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The cynic never grows up, but commits intellectual suicide.


Charles R. Brown


I'm a hopeful cynic.


Tracy Chapman (British stage and television comedian)


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.


James G. Cozzens (1903-1978, American novelist)


It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.


Scott Elledge


A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.


Nietzche Evil


The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Cynicism is cheap -- you can buy it at any Monoprix store -- it's built into all poor-quality goods.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.


Fannie Hurst


Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.


Russell Lynes (1910-1991, American editor, critic)


If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision," you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.


Mary McCarthy (1912-1989, American author, critic)


It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil, that all politicians are mere opportunists, that all aspects of university life are corrupt. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure.


George McGovern (1922-, American democratic politician)


A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


The cynics are right nine times out of ten.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Cynicism is intellectual dandyism.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The only deadly sin I know is cynicism.


Henry Lewis Stimson (1867-1930, American statesman)


Cynicism is the humor of hatred.


Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917, British actor-manager)


A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.


Carolyn Wells (1870-1942, American author)


Cynicism is humor in ill health.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking