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Cynicism quotes and quotations

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf

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

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
Norman Cousins

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

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

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.
J. Russel Lynes

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

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

A cynic might suggest as the motto of modern life this simple legend - 'Just as good as the real.'
Charles Dudley Warner

Cynicism is the humor of hatred.
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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.
J. G. Cozzens

I'm a hopeful cynic.
Tracy Chapman

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