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Cynical Definitions

n. A period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Applicable to affairs international, domestic, and suburban.

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Cynical Quotations

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.

— George Bernard Shaw

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall catch hell from both sides.

— Burke Marshall (attributed)

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If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.

— George C. Marshall

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The most menacing political condition is a period of international amity. The student of history who has not been taught to expect the unexpected may justly boast himself inaccessible to the light. "In time of peace prepare for war" has a deeper meaning than is commonly discerned; it means, not merely that all things earthly have an end – that change is the one immutable and eternal law – but that the soil of peace is thickly sown with the seeds of war and singularly suited to their germination and growth.

— Ambrose Bierce

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