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20,932.  The modern disease of this society – cynicalism.  (GBH Films & Cynicism)  Face 1997 starring Ray Winstone & Robert Carlisle & Steven Waddington & Philip Davis & Damon Albarn & Lena Headey & Andrew Tiernan & Peter Vaughan & Sue Johnston et al, director Antonia Bird, Dave

 

 

138,648.  Money has created a society where nobody believes in anything, and nothing can be trusted.  (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Society & Belief & Trust & Cynicism & Corruption)  Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon?  Or Are We Dancer? *****  BBC 2021 

 

 

45,194.  The press is still investing itself, it seems to me, in a sort of cynicism.  It comes out better for them if they can predict hard times, bogging down, sniping, attrition.  (Press & Cynicism)  Christopher Hitchens

 

 

69,153.  A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.  (Cynic & Price & Value)  Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

 

 

69,154.  A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.  H L Mencken 1880-1956

 

 

69,155.  The cynics are right nine times out of ten.  (Cynicism & Right)  H L Mencken

 

 

72,460.  The worst government is often the most moral.  One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.  But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.  (Fanatic & Oppression & Government & Cynicism)  H L Mencken

 

 

69,156.  A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

69,157.  Don’t be a cynic and disconsolate preacher.  Don’t bewail and moan.  Omit the negative propositions.  Challenge us with incessant affirmatives.  Don’t waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

69,158.  Cynicism is intellectual dandyism without the coxcomb’s feathers.  George Meredith, The Egoist 1879

 

 

69,159.  It’s hard to argue against cynics – they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.  Molly Ivins

 

 

69,160.  In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and scepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musically.  (Cynicism & Scepticism)  Vincent van Gogh

 

 

69,161.  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.  Henry Ward Beecher 1813-1877, American politician

 

 

69,162.  Cynicism is cheap – you can buy it at any Monoprix store – it’s built into all poor quality goods.  Graham Greene 1904-1991, English writer 

 

 

69,163.  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.  (Cynicism & Idea)  Leon Trotsky

 

 

69,164.  The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.  (Cynicism & Observation)  George Bernard Shaw

 

 

69,165.  Perhaps the biggest myth about cynicism is that it deepens with age.  I think what really happens is that experience painfully rips away layers of scales from our eyes, and so we do indeed become more cynical about many of the things we naively accepted when younger.  Julian Baggini

 

 

69,166.  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

 

 

69,167.  We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.  (Cynicism & Destruction)  Kenneth Clark

 

 

69,168.  Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.  (Cynicism & Idealism)  George Carlin

 

 

69,169.  Cynics are – beneath it all – only idealists with awkwardly high standards.  (Cynicism & Idealism)  Alain de Botton

 

 

70,398.  They keep us divided ... They keep us demoralised ... and they encourage cynicism.  (Dividision & Cynicism)  Tony Benn

 

 

38,723.  A cynic is what an idealist calls a realist.  (Government & Cynicism)  Yes, Minister: The Moral Dimension s3e4, Sir Humphrey to Jim, with Bernard