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THE CYNIC

“The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes–openly bad and secretly bad. All virtue and generosity and disinterestedness are merely the appearance of good; but selfish at the bottom. He holds that no man does a good thing except for profit. The effect of his conversation upon your feelings is to chill and sear them; to send you away sour and morose. His criticisms and hints fall indiscriminately upon every lovely thing, like frost upon flowers.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Cynicism may not be a lovely, warm and fuzzy view of reality, but neither is birth, disease, war, greed, cruelty, madness, murder, insanity, starvation, murder, chaos and death.” – Lawrence R. Spencer

George Carlin was one of the greatest, and most famous, cynics of all time.  I’d say “god rest his soul”, but he didn’t believe in “god(s), so I’ll just say “see ya!”.