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cynicism

Cynical Definitions

n. An unpleasant way of saying the truth.

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n. The last refuge of an optimist.

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Cynical Quotations

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.

— David T. Wolf

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

— George Bernard Shaw

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Cynicism is a virtue, especially for engineers.

— David Weinberger

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