A Quote by Rob Brezsny on creativity, evil, fear, despair, cynicism, and copycat crime

Obsessing on evil is boring.  Rousing fear is a hackneyed shtick.  Wallowing is despair is a bad habit.  Indulging in cynicism is akin to committing a copycat crime.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 27

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on pronoia, optimism, evil, cynicism, fear, joy, love, pleasure, receptivity, secret helpers, and conspiracy

DEFINITION: Pronoia is the antidote for paranoia.  It's the understanding that the universe is fundamentally friendly.  It’s a mode of training your senses and intellect so you're able to perceive the fact that life always gives you exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.

HYPOTHESES: Evil is boring.  Cynicism is idiotic.  Fear is a bad habit.  Despair is lazy.  Joy is fascinating.  Love is an act of heroic genius.  Pleasure is our birthright.  Receptivity is a superpower.

PROCEDURE: Act as if the universe is a prodigious miracle created for your amusement and illumination.  Assume that secret helpers are working behind the scenes to assist you in turning into the gorgeous masterpiece you were born to be.  Join the conspiracy to shower all of creation with blessings.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 7

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on controversial material, warnings, disclaimers, cynicism, and risk

DISCLAIMER: Material in this book may be too intense and controversial for some readers.  It contains graphic scenes of peace, love, joy, passion, reverence, splendor, and understanding…. You should therefore proceed with caution if you are a jaded hipster who is suspicious of feeling healthy and happy. Ask yourself: "Am I ready to stop equating cynicism with insight?  Do I dare take the risk that exposing myself to uplifting entertainment might dull my intelligence?"

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 8

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Sherman Alexie on romanticism, sentimentalism, cynicism, and irony

Okay, so maybe I'm romantic... but somebody is supposed to be romantic. Some warrior is supposed to go to war against the imperial forces of cynicism and irony. I am a sentimental soldier.

Sherman Alexie

Source: Ten Little Indians

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke on irony and cynicism

Irony: Don't let yourself be controlled by it, especially during uncreative moments.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Source: Letters to a Young Poet (Vintage), Pages: 15

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, cynicism, and thinking

"Cynicism," like "heresy" and "heterodoxy" and "atheism" and "agnosticism" and "paganism" and "heathenism," is above all else a way for organized orthodoxy's caste of official censors to encyst and segregate and thus neutralize all contrarian forms of seeing and thinking, all (necessarily implicitly) prohibited and repressed ways of exercising disruptive and iconoclastic intuition and intellection (for to analyze and explain these things too openly is to give them publicity and potential cogency when the point is to asphyxiate them).

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by D. Patrick Miller on forgiveness, cynicism, vanity, delusion, and healing

Or you think you are always gentle, yet look at how viciously the world strikes at you nonetheless! This idea of your victimization is merely cynicism turned inside out and made more impenetrable to insight. You are clever enough to disguise your addiction to gloom in protests of innocence. The good news is that you may never be effectively challenged by others about this routine; few friends have enough wisdom and chutzpah at the same time. The bad news is that you will probably never walk your way to forgiveness in sensible steps. You will have to leap your own well-built defenses, disowning your morbid vanity in mid-flight.

D. Patrick Miller

Source: A Little book of Forgiveness, Pages: 88

Contributed by: Creative Philosopher

A Quote by Raphie on optimism, cynicism, and preparation

A jaded optimist is someone who expects the worst, but prepares for the best.

Raphie Frank

Contributed by: Raphie

A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on observation and cynicism

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: George Bernard Shaw

Contributed by: J.U.

A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on cynicism and value

The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: Lady Windemere's Fan

Contributed by: Jordan

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