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Cynical Quotes

May you find inspiration 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everything popular is wrong.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Some people are so heavenly minded
that they are no earthly good.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom,
but Babbling is ever a folly.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity,
but in being uninteresting.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.
- Lewis Carroll

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

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt
towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

INDECISION is the key to FLEXIBILITY.
- Anonymous

Human salvation lies in the hands
of the creatively maladjusted.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

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

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

Thinking is what most people resort to after all else fails.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Okay, so it's a matter of life and death - now are you happy?
Urgency is never a path to joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No problem is so formidable that
you can't walk away from it.
- Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain

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

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

If you are not one of us, you are one of them.
- the movie The Matrix (1999)

Too clever is dumb.
- Ogden Nash

I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man,
and I hate people like that!
- Tom Lehrer

Let your sympathies and your compassion
be always with the under dog in the fight -
this is magnanimity;
but bet on the other one - this is business.
- Mark Twain

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

It's just random chance, baby; get used to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

I choose my friends for their good looks,
my acquaintances for their good characters,
and my enemies for their intellects.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

Facts are stubborn things,
but statistics are more pliable.
- Laurence J. Peter

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

People who say it cannot be done should not
interrupt those who are doing it.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

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

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.
- Anonymous

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

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

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

The more you expect, the more you get disappointed in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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