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17th Jun '16 1:19:59 AM PaulA
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->''Cynic, ''n.'' - A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.''\\
-- '''Creator/AmbroseBierce''', ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary''

->''What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?''\\
-- '''Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw'''

->''Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.''\\
-- '''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''

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->''Cynic, ''n.'' - -- A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.''\\
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'''Creator/AmbroseBierce''', ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary''

->''What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?''\\
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'''Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw'''

->''Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.''\\
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'''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''



->''It's hard to argue against cynics - they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.''
--> '''Molly Ivins'''

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->''It's hard to argue against cynics - -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.''
--> -->-- '''Molly Ivins'''



--> '''Peggy Noonan''', ''Good Housekeeping''

->''Cynicism isn't smarter, [[HopeIsScary it's only safer]].''\\
-- '''Jewel Kilcher'''

-> ''A cynic is what an Idealist calls a Realist''
-->-- '''Sir Humphrey Appleby''', ''Series/YesMinister''.

->''To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and Iíll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please donít be cynical. I hate cynicism ó itís my least favorite quality and it doesnít lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. [[EarnYourHappyEnding But if you work really hard and youíre kind, amazing things will happen]].''
--> '''Creator/ConanOBrien''', in his last episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow''

->''"Don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes."''

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--> -->-- '''Peggy Noonan''', ''Good Housekeeping''

->''Cynicism isn't smarter, [[HopeIsScary it's only safer]].''\\
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'''Jewel Kilcher'''

-> ''A ->''A cynic is what an Idealist calls a Realist''
Realist.''
-->-- '''Sir Humphrey Appleby''', ''Series/YesMinister''.

''Series/YesMinister''

->''To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and Iíll I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please donít don't be cynical. I hate cynicism ó itís -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesnít doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. [[EarnYourHappyEnding But if you work really hard and youíre you're kind, amazing things will happen]].''
--> -->-- '''Creator/ConanOBrien''', in his last episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow''

->''"Don't
''Series/TheTonightShow''

->''Don't
be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes."''''



->''"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 the darkness and blind to the light, always pursuing vermin and never hunting noble game."''
->-- '''Henry Ward Beecher'''

->''"When did optimism become a bad thing? Modern filmmakers are bent on taking popular, existing properties [[DarkerAndEdgier and bringing out the darkest and grittiest aspects they can find and making that their story]]. When directors look at a character like ComicBook/{{Superman}}, they're not saying, 'Hey, I'd like to tell a story about this guy in blue and red spandex who loves America and punches bad guys and smiles and is handsome!' They're saying, 'Sure, Superman, but what makes him angry? I want to focus on the stuff that depresses him, I want to see Superman as a badass. What if Superman was [[SuperDickery a dick]]? That's the movie I want to make, because even though I'm making a Superman movie, I don't actually care for the character. [[TakeThat My name is Zack Snyder.]]'"''

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->''"The ->''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 the darkness and blind to the light, always pursuing vermin and never hunting noble game."''
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'''Henry Ward Beecher'''

->''"When ->''When did optimism become a bad thing? Modern filmmakers are bent on taking popular, existing properties [[DarkerAndEdgier and bringing out the darkest and grittiest aspects they can find and making that their story]]. When directors look at a character like ComicBook/{{Superman}}, they're not saying, 'Hey, I'd like to tell a story about this guy in blue and red spandex who loves America and punches bad guys and smiles and is handsome!' They're saying, 'Sure, Superman, but what makes him angry? I want to focus on the stuff that depresses him, I want to see Superman as a badass. What if Superman was [[SuperDickery a dick]]? That's the movie I want to make, because even though I'm making a Superman movie, I don't actually care for the character. [[TakeThat My name is Zack Snyder.]]'"'']]'''
17th Jun '16 1:15:05 AM PaulA
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-->-- '''OscarWilde'''

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-->-- '''OscarWilde'''
'''Creator/OscarWilde'''
6th Nov '15 7:29:50 AM DoctorNemesis
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->''Unfortunately, as of late, given the way that [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets too many politicians in general are in it for themselves]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether or people are too busy with squabbling with each other]], there will be that feeling from anyone, anywhere, that optimism isn't long for this world; even if there are quite a [[WideEyedIdealist few souls that still hold onto such]], [[HopeIsScary I'd rather stay far away from them]]. And [[NoPlaceForMeThere don't get me started on Heaven.]] Last of all, I for one, believe that a true cynic is one who is cynical of reality, realists be damned."
19th Apr '15 6:52:02 PM AriRockefeller
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->''"When did optimism become a bad thing? Modern filmmakers are bent on taking popular, existing properties [[DarkerAndEdgier and bringing out the darkest and grittiest aspects they can find and making that their story]]. When directors look at a character like ComicBook/{{Superman}}, they're not saying, 'Hey, I'd like to tell a story about this guy in blue and red spandex who loves America and punches bad guys and smiles and is handsome!' They're saying, 'Sure, Superman, but what makes him angry? I want to focus on the stuff that depresses him, I want to see Superman as a badass. What if Superman was [[JerkAss a dick]]? That's the movie I want to make, because even though I'm making a Superman movie, I don't actually care for the character. [[TakeThat My name is Zack Snyder.]]'"''

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->''"When did optimism become a bad thing? Modern filmmakers are bent on taking popular, existing properties [[DarkerAndEdgier and bringing out the darkest and grittiest aspects they can find and making that their story]]. When directors look at a character like ComicBook/{{Superman}}, they're not saying, 'Hey, I'd like to tell a story about this guy in blue and red spandex who loves America and punches bad guys and smiles and is handsome!' They're saying, 'Sure, Superman, but what makes him angry? I want to focus on the stuff that depresses him, I want to see Superman as a badass. What if Superman was [[JerkAss [[SuperDickery a dick]]? That's the movie I want to make, because even though I'm making a Superman movie, I don't actually care for the character. [[TakeThat My name is Zack Snyder.]]'"''
29th Dec '14 4:57:36 PM nombretomado
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-- '''GeorgeCarlin'''

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-- '''GeorgeCarlin'''
'''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''
4th Feb '14 8:00:51 AM johnnyfog
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->''It's hard to argue against cynics - they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.''\\
-- '''Molly Ivins'''

->''Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.''\\
-- '''Peggy Noonan''', ''Good Housekeeping''

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->''A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.''
-->-- '''OscarWilde'''

->''It's hard to argue against cynics - they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.''\\
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'''Molly Ivins'''

->''Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.''\\
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'''Peggy Noonan''', ''Good Housekeeping''



-> ''A cynic is what an Idealist calls a Realist''\\
-- '''Sir Humphrey Appleby''', ''Series/YesMinister''.

->''To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and Iíll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please donít be cynical. I hate cynicism ó itís my least favorite quality and it doesnít lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. [[EarnYourHappyEnding But if you work really hard and youíre kind, amazing things will happen]].''\\
-- '''Creator/ConanOBrien''', in his last episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow''

->''"Don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes."''\\
-- '''Creator/StephenColbert''', Knox College Commencement Address, 2006

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-> ''A cynic is what an Idealist calls a Realist''\\
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Realist''
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'''Sir Humphrey Appleby''', ''Series/YesMinister''.

->''To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and Iíll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please donít be cynical. I hate cynicism ó itís my least favorite quality and it doesnít lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. [[EarnYourHappyEnding But if you work really hard and youíre kind, amazing things will happen]].''\\
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'''Creator/ConanOBrien''', in his last episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow''

->''"Don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes."''\\
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'''Creator/StephenColbert''', Knox College Commencement Address, 2006
18th Dec '13 8:56:43 PM nombretomado
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-- '''ConanOBrien''', in his last episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow''

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-- '''ConanOBrien''', '''Creator/ConanOBrien''', in his last episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow''
26th Nov '13 8:00:08 PM LongLiveHumour
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-- '''StephenColbert''', Knox College Commencement Address, 2006

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-- '''StephenColbert''', '''Creator/StephenColbert''', Knox College Commencement Address, 2006
13th Aug '13 7:09:33 AM LinosBegal
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->''Unfortunately, as of late, optimism, given the way that [[ObstructiveBureaucrats all governments in general are tending to keep too much of their own people in the dark]] or [[WeAreStrugglingTogether or people too busy squabbling about]] [[TakeThat stupid politics]], it's an all-too-true feeling that optimism isn't long for this world; even if there are quite a few souls that still hold onto such, [[HopeIsScary I'd rather not meet them]]. And [[NoPlaceForMeThere don't get me started on Heaven.]] Last of all, I for one, agree with the cynics who think reality just plain sucks."

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->''Unfortunately, as of late, optimism, given the way that [[ObstructiveBureaucrats all governments [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets too many politicians in general are tending to keep too much of their own people in the dark]] or it for themselves]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether or people are too busy with squabbling about]] [[TakeThat stupid politics]], it's an all-too-true with each other]], there will be that feeling from anyone, anywhere, that optimism isn't long for this world; even if there are quite a [[WideEyedIdealist few souls that still hold onto such, such]], [[HopeIsScary I'd rather not meet stay far away from them]]. And [[NoPlaceForMeThere don't get me started on Heaven.]] Last of all, I for one, agree with the cynics believe that a true cynic is one who think reality just plain sucks.is cynical of reality, realists be damned."
13th Aug '13 7:00:20 AM LinosBegal
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->''Unfortunately, people of '''Website/{{Cracked}}''', optimism, given the way that [[DyingLikeAnimals all government in general are tending to keep too much of their own people in the dark]] without spoiling too much, it's an all-to-true feeling that optimism truly is dead; despite there being quite a few souls that still hold onto such. To be honest, [[NoPlaceForMeThere Heaven is a worthless]] [[PrecisionFStrike shithole]], [[NoPlaceForMeThere anyhow. Not just for me, but for all cynics who believe, and are, correct about human values being useless.]]"

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->''Unfortunately, people as of '''Website/{{Cracked}}''', late, optimism, given the way that [[DyingLikeAnimals [[ObstructiveBureaucrats all government governments in general are tending to keep too much of their own people in the dark]] without spoiling or [[WeAreStrugglingTogether or people too much, busy squabbling about]] [[TakeThat stupid politics]], it's an all-to-true all-too-true feeling that optimism truly is dead; despite isn't long for this world; even if there being are quite a few souls that still hold onto such. To be honest, such, [[HopeIsScary I'd rather not meet them]]. And [[NoPlaceForMeThere Heaven is a worthless]] [[PrecisionFStrike shithole]], [[NoPlaceForMeThere anyhow. Not just don't get me started on Heaven.]] Last of all, I for me, but for all one, agree with the cynics who believe, and are, correct about human values being useless.]]"think reality just plain sucks."
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