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

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

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

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

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

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Cynicism is humor in ill health.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) British-born american Author.


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 politician.

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 newspaperman and short-story writer.

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.