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.
I think cynicism often disguises itself as humour.
Fundamental belief consoled him for superficial irony.
Politicians.Their first thoughts are always with the loved ones of the British serviceman tragically killed in action.And whether they’ll vote New Labour at the next election.There’s no need to be cynical, Susan.Why not?You’ve got me there.
I wouldn’t be caught dead sacrificing myself for this country.
He see’s the world the way cynics do; Not looking for false Hope.
Too much faith is the worst ally. When you believe in something literally, through your faith you’ll turn it into something absurd. One who is a genuine adherent, if you like, of some political outlook, never takes its sophistries seriously, but only its practical aims, which are concealed beneath these sophistries. Political rhetoric and sophistries...
I thought back to Meg’s advice about Hemingway sentences—simple declarative statements that showed the truth and distilled the meaning. My first attempt at that had been cynical and messed up. I gave it a go again.Find one lost sheep.The angels rejoice.
Curmudgeons speak up because they have to, because it’s become critically important for them to tell the truth as they see it. Telling the truth is as natural to them now as when they were children. The fact that no one cares to listen is inconsequential.What curmudgeons don’t realize, however, is that most people can’t...
A thousand years from now nobody is going to know that you or I ever lived. The cynic is right, but lazy. He says ‘You live, you die and nothing you do will ever make a difference.’ But as long as I live, I’m going to be like Beethoven and shake my fist at fate...
Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?
[T]he enduring problem for liberals, as for everyone else, is not whether history will judge them wise or foolish regarding the war on terrorism; it is, rather, the way that the past decade has splintered them away from other Americans. This fracture comes with a steep price: in today’s toxic atmosphere, liberals are no less...
A lot of these activists weren’t even registered voters.
A true rationalist ought to be effective in the real world.
I fight cynicism. It`s too easy. It`s really boring. It`s much harder to be positive and see the wonder of everything. Cynicism is a bunch of people who aren`t as talented as other people, knocking them because they make them feel even more untalented.
He had a look of composed dissatisfaction, as if he understood life thoroughly.
I think cynicism is more enduring than sentimentality.
Cynics are – beneath it all – only idealists with awkwardly high standards.