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H.L. MenckenA cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

George Bernard ShawThe power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Friedrich NietzscheCynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Oscar WildeOne must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

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

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ambrose BierceCynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer










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