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The experience made her overly cynical.
  someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
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  • The experience made her overly cynical.
  • She is cynical and unhappy.
  • ...if you cannot find a way to aid progress in human affairs, then know that the smirking cynicism of the sideline critic is a form of plague — and to be one of those is to be a carrier of death instead of a preserver of life.
    Robert Fulghum  --  Words I Wish I Wrote
  • The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
    Oscar Wilde

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  • Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Rich Boy, All the Sad Young Men
  • One of Flora’s very favorite bonus comics was entitled TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! As a cynic, Flora found it wise to be prepared. Who knew what horrible, unpredictable thing would happen next?
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • The romantics would call this a love story, the cynics would call it a tragedy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • ...they were really having fun being cynical,
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • His expression remained the same—cynical, defiant, painful.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • Very cynical observation, but probably true.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger

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  • He had fallen into a deep cynicism over what had crossed his path,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She was cynical about the joys of a simple laborious life.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Do you suppose this eternal shallow cynicism of yours has any real bearing on a nature like hers?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I call that rather cynical.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Cynics don’t like a lot of chatter.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • CHAPTER ONE — A Natural-Born Cynic
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Flora’s mother had often accused Flora of being a "natural-born cynic."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • SHE WAS A NATURAL—BORN CYNIC WHO LIVED IN DEFIANCE OF CONTRACTS!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • CHAPTER FOUR — A Surprisingly Helpful Cynic
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • As she ran, she thought, For a cynic, I am a surprisingly helpful person.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • She might be a natural-born cynic, but she knew the right word when she heard it.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Luckily, Flora was a cynic and didn’t care whether her mother loved her or not.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "Do not hope; instead, observe" were words that Flora, as a cynic, had found useful in the extreme.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Nothing in human nature surprises a cynic.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • You, a self-professed cynic, are positing that the squirrel is a superhero.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • She was a cynic.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "I’m a cynic.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "I’ve never heard you so cynical," he said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Somehow she projected a jab of cynicism into the words.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • I couldn’t decide who was more annoying, the fanatic or the cynic.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Blond hair that fell to the middle of her back, cool, nearly arctic features, especially the ice-blue eyes, and the cynical turn of her mouth, glistening with juice.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • In their broken state, they were judged and condemned by people whose commitment to fairness had been broken by cynicism, hopelessness, and prejudice.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The empire’s enemies grew thin and desperate and even the most cynical of men could see the end of the war was drawing swiftly near.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Be careful, my cynical friend!" she warned, putting a hand in the air.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Goddammit, Sarah, why do you have to be so cynical?
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • She was an attractive woman but with a hard, cynical look of someone to whom life had not been overly kind.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Those gatherings were group confessions of guilt, of cynicism, of rudderless idealism, and ultimately of hope.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But our cynicism about the genuineness of such sentiments is more our problem than theirs.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • With our cynicism, created by years of insecurity, how did we look on men?
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • This may now be difficult to explain, for the passage of thirty years and the fatigue and cynicism engendered by several barbaric American wars might make my reaction appear to be hopelessly old-fashioned and romantic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Maybe that warmth is genuine, maybe I should be ashamed of my dour, cynical thoughts.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I said cynically.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The cynicism in his voice sounded so much like Jen that Luke almost gave in to grief again.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • I said, a little cynically.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Yousef was looking through the glass, too, his face stripped of cynicism.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Cynical.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Grisha laughed cynically.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She still surrounded herself with the cynical aura of a dissolute past.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • "It’s time for a good dose of cynicism because love sucks.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • It was the kind of fun that creeps into your skin and spreads all over your body, and even if you want to be cynical about something, you just can’t manage it.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
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