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Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic, and probably an injured one.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
Sydney J. Harris
A lot of people have asked me whether I am a cynic or take a cynical view of politics and are often surprised when I say that I consider myself an optimist, but an optimist dressed in the robes of a realist.
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
H. L. Mencken
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
I'm a hopeful cynic.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The cynic finds love with the idealist. The rebel with the conformist. The social butterfly with the bookworm. They help each other balance their lives.
Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?
Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
I'm very used to playing the tomboy or the sarcastic cynic. That's my go-to. Playing the vulnerable of a real girl that's in real womanlike situations, where it's romanticized, I'm a little nervous about it.
Free institutions certainly exist, but a tradition of passivity and conformism restricts their use - a cynic might say that this is why they continue to exist.
I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.
J. Paul Getty
People like Bill Maher, who brags about being a cynic, it sickens me. I am the least cynical person I know, and I am very, very skeptical.
I am not a cynic.
I always believe that it's better to be idealistic in love than be that cynic. That's the only way to survive a relationship.
It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.
I'm a cynic about corporate democracy and boards.
Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the sinner his justification.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
The cynic says, 'One man can't do anything.' I say, 'Only one man can do anything.'
John W. Gardner
Progress is more of a challenge for the cynic but also more important and urgent, since for the optimist things aren't that bad and are bound to get better anyway.
Idealist: a cynic in the making.
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.
I'm an old cynic.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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