A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin
The cynics are right nine times out of ten
Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation
Cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be
What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing
A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."