cynicism

A Quote by Max Ehrmann on affection, cynicism, and love

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Max Ehrmann (1872 - 1945)

Source: Desiderata

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A Quote by unknown on achievement, body, culture, cynicism, diversity, experience, future, justice, kindness, machines, men, mind, mountains, past, personality, personality, planning, poets, psychiatry, soul, and work

It has been written: To the cynic the body is no more than a tenement of clay. To the poet, a palace of the soul. To the physician, an all too ailing hulk. The psychiatrist sees it as a housing for the mind and personality. The geneticist sees it as a perpetuation of its own kind. The biologist sees it as an organism which can alter the future as a result of the experience of the past. The anthropologist sees it as an accumulation of culture. Others have viewed the body as essentially just a machine, a concept that sometimes appeals and sometimes appalls. The English satirist Samuel Butler dismissed his fellow men as but "a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stew pan and the whole thing fixed upon stilts." But to the more reverent, the bodily mechanism is a masterpiece of precise planning-a delicate and complex apparatus whose various components work as a unit to achieve such diverse feats as scaling a mountain top, building a bridge or composing a symphony.

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on bitterness, cynicism, future, and past

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is the one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on belief and cynicism

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Shaun Cassidy on cynicism, dating, marriage, risk, and romance

I'm not cynical about marriage or romance. I enjoyed being married. And although being single was fun for a while, there was always the risk of dating someone who'd owned a lunch box with my picture on it.

Shaun Cassidy

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A Quote by Ray Bradbury on business, cynicism, friendship, love, nonsense, and time

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury (1920 -)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on challenge, cynicism, and preachers

Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on cynicism

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Barton Perry on credulity, cynicism, promises, and skepticism

I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism, for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.

Ralph Barton Perry (1876 - 1957)

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A Quote by Paul L. McKay, D.D. on christianity, civilization, cynicism, discovery, inspiration, motivation, pride, and progress

Cynics build no bridges; they make no discoveries; no gaps are spanned by them. Cynics may pride themselves in being realistic in their approach, but progress and the onward march of Christian civilization demand an inspiration and motivation that cynicism never affords. If we want progress we must take the forward look.

Paul L. McKay

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