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Cynic, n. — A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?

Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.

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

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

Cynicism isn't smarter, it's only safer.
Jewel Kilcher

A cynic is what an Idealist calls a Realist.
Sir Humphrey Appleby, Yes, Minister

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism — it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.
Conan O'Brien, in his last episode of The Tonight Show

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.
Stephen Colbert, Knox College Commencement Address, 2006

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 and bringing out the darkest and grittiest aspects they can find and making that their story. When directors look at a character like 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 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. My name is Zack Snyder.'


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