Quotations on Cynicism

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I read some of my stories recently and thought, 'How in the hell did I get away with that?' I had some really raw cynicism in some of them.
- Carl Barks
(Keywords: Thought, Cynicism, Hell)

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: Life, Fear, Choices, Cynicism, Safety)

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Politics, Cynicism, Principles)

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
- Kenneth Clark
(Keywords: Bombs, Cynicism, Disillusion)

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.
- Shawn Colvin
(Keywords: Life, Cynic, Cynicism, Pleasure)

For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment; in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss.
- Edward Dowden
(Keywords: Poetry, Cynicism, Sense, Trade)

This isn't really a convention, This is really an infomercial. And every night we'll have a different infomercial and people view it with a certain level of cynicism.
- Susan Estrich
(Keywords: People, Cynicism, Night)

The nature of journalism has been the enemy of idealism and the source of cynicism among American reporters and editors throughout our history.
- Richard Harwood
(Keywords: History, Nature, American, Cynicism, Editors, Enemy, Idealism, Journalism)

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Truth, Cynicism, Saying)

I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
- Patricia Ireland
(Keywords: Enthusiasm, Optimism, Pessimism, Cynicism, Energy)

My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.
- Ted Koppel
(Keywords: War, Cynicism, Iraq)

You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Keywords: Truth, Cynicism, Reputation)

It's a good time to be making movies, despite the cynicism people have about Hollywood.
- Rob Morrow
(Keywords: Time, Movies, People, Cynicism, Hollywood)

I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
(Keywords: Truth, Cynicism, Pretty)

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
- Barack Obama
(Keywords: Politics, Hope, Cynicism, End)

Reforming public education, cutting property taxes, fixing adult and child protective services and funding our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans engage in consensus and cooperation - not cynicism and combat.
- Rick Perry
(Keywords: Education, Cooperation, Cynicism, Democrats, Property, Public, Republicans, Taxes)

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson
(Keywords: People, Apathy, Cynicism, Deep, Skepticism)

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
- George Bernard Shaw
(Keywords: Power, Cynicism, Observation)

Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect individuals have been taken out of any system that has accountability or that they can influence.
- Robert Teeter
(Keywords: Policy, Alienation, Cause, Cynicism, Decisions, Feeling, Influence)

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
- Twyla Tharp
(Keywords: Experience, Optimism, Cynicism, Old)

And introduce an element of cynicism and darkness into it and just realize that we're all vulnerable. We are humans. There is a finite end to this life and we're all going to face it and a little silliness can help.
- Alan Thicke
(Keywords: Life, Cynicism, Darkness, End, Help)

Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
- Leon Trotsky
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Cynicism, Frustration, Misery, Weakness)

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