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Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down? - Eliza Cook


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


The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a God or not. (The True Believer, 1951) - Eric Hoffer


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. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes, openly bad and secretly bad. - Henry Ward Beecher


The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. - Oscar Wilde


There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. - Maya Angelou


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


A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. - Sydney J. Harris