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Cynical Quotes

May you find encouragement in these Cynical quotes.

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

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The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

 

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Love is an irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired.
- Robert Frost

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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand
with a grip that kills it.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything popular is wrong.
- Oscar Wilde

I love being married.
It's so great to find that one special person
you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
- Rita Rudner

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

No crime is so great as daring to excel.
- Winston Churchill

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Here are the opinions on which my facts are based.
- Anonymous

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.
- Carl Jung

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Mark Twain

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
- W. C. Fields

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.
- Robert Frost

I don't care what anybody says about me
as long as it isn't true.
- Truman Capote

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.
- Walter Lippmann

Love is metaphysical gravity.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
- Francis Bacon

Though I am a servant, I am not your servant.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The best way to keep your friends
is not to give them away.
- Wilson Mizner

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
- Katharine Hepburn

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

It would be insane for me to
lose sleep over the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love conquers all things except poverty and a toothache.
- Mae West

As a cure for worrying,
work is better than whiskey.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Love looks through a telescope;
envy, through a microscope.
- Josh Billings

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
- John Lennon

The person who says it cannot be done
should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
- Chinese proverb

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love deadlines.
I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
- Douglas Adams

Normal is in the eye of the beholder.
- Whoopi Goldberg

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
- Bertrand Russell

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves
for they shall never cease to be amused.
- Anonymous

I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another
and I know there are people in the world
that do not love their fellow human beings
and I HATE people like that.
- Tom Lehrer

Even if you're on the right track,
you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

INDECISION is the key to FLEXIBILITY.
- Anonymous

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

There are three types of lies -
lies, damn lies, and statistics.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

However beautiful the strategy,
you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Life - for most people - is their past projected large
onto the movie screen of their future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The difference between stupidity and genius
is that genius has its limits.
- Albert Einstein

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln


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