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You're obliged to pretend

You’re obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That’s the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world. ~ Octave Mirbeau – Torture Garden

You raise your eyes

You raise your eyes to heaven to invoke it, and a swallow’s dung falls into them and dries them up… You are in the shadow of your garden, and you shout: “Oh! what a beautiful rose!” and the rose pricks you; “Oh, what a beautiful fruit!” there is a wasp on it, and the fruit bites you. ~ Claude Tillier – (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890

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Curmudgeon Quotes

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? Is it because we are not the person involved? ~ Mark Twain – Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894

When we are born

When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools. ~ William Shakespeare – King Lear

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Curmudgeon Quotes

We semaphore from ship to ship, but they’re sinking, too. ~ Mignon McLaughlin – The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

We cannot destroy kindred our chains stretch a little sometimes

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. ~ Kenneth Clark

This world is gradually

This world is gradually becoming a place
Where I do not care to be any more. ~ John Berryman

Things are not as bad

Things are not as bad as they seem. They are worse. ~ Bill Press

There is nothing so pitiful

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. ~ Maya Angelou – PBS, 1988 March 28th

There is no such thing

There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death. ~ Fran Lebowitz

There are some mortals

There are some mortals who are never happy save when they have some hurt feelings to enjoy. ~ Author unknown, from Dallas-Galveston News, c.1894

There are people

There are people who have an appetite for grief; pleasure is not strong enough and they crave pain. They have mithridatic stomachs which must be fed on poisoned bread, natures so doomed that no prosperity can sooth their ragged and dishevelled desolation. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The power of accurate

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

The only thing that could

The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. ~ Ernest Hemingway

The enthusiastic

The enthusiastic, to those who are not, are always something of a trial. ~ Alban Goodier

The dignity of man lies

The dignity of man lies in his ability to face reality in all its meaninglessness. ~ Martin Esslin

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Curmudgeon Quotes

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. ~ Charles de Gaulle

Sorrow hides behind all your

Sorrow hides behind all your pleasures; you are gluttonous rats which it attracts with a bit of savory bacon. ~ Claude Tillier – (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890

Sometimes you wake

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and wish your parents had never met. ~ Bill Fitch

Satire is a sort of glass

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own. ~ Jonathan Swift – The Battle of the Books, 1704

Sarcasm , Curmudgeon Quotes
Curmudgeon Quotes

Sarcasm is the sour cream of wit. ~ Author Unknown

Perhaps if we saw what

Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us, and glimpsed the crimes, follies, and misfortunes that would befall us later on, we would all stay in our mother’s wombs, and then there would be nobody in the world but a great number of very fat, very irritated women. ~ Lemony Snicket

Oh for a lodge in some

Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
Some boundless contiguity of shade,
Where rumour of oppression and deceit,
Of unsuccessful or successful war,
Might never reach me more. ~ William Cowper

Oftentimes, when people

Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps. ~ Lemony Snicket

O, could I clamber

O, could I clamber to the frozen moon,
And cut away my ladder! ~ George H. Boker – The Betrothal: A Play, 1850 (Pulti)

Nowadays most men lead

Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation. ~ James Thurber – Further Fables for Our Time, 1956

Nothing is more

Nothing is more miserable than man,
Of all upon the earth that breathes and creeps. ~ Homer – Iliad

Nothing begins

Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
That is not paid with moan;
For we are born in others’ pain,
And perish in our own. ~ Francis Thompson

Nine-tenths of the people

Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth. ~ Horace Walpole

Pessimism , Curmudgeon Quotes
Curmudgeon Quotes

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists. ~ Jean Rostand

Men hate to be misunderstood

Men hate to be misunderstood, and to be understood makes them furious. ~ Edgar Saltus

Many of us go through

Many of us go through life feeling as an actor might feel who does not like his part, and does not believe in the play. ~ Mignon McLaughlin – The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Janie's a pretty typical

Janie’s a pretty typical teenager — angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that’s all going to pass, but I don’t want to lie to her. ~ Alan Ball – American Beauty, 1999

I've always been interested

I’ve always been interested in people, but I’ve never liked them. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

It's just life — wake

It’s just life — wake up and smell the thorns. ~ From the movie Meet Joe Black

It is people who make

It is people who make me seasick—not the sea. But I am afraid that science has yet to find a solution for this ailment. ~ Albert Einstein – 1930

It is not a fragrant

It is not a fragrant world. ~ Raymond Chandler

In fact, the author would

In fact, the author would seem affected with a chronic nausea of mankind… ~ “Spiritual Jugglery: The Story of ‘Perversion'” (critique of William John Conybeare’s Perversion: or, The Causes and Consequences of Infidelity: A Tale for the Times, 1856), in Titan: A Monthly Magazine (conjoined series, continuation of Hogg’s Instructor) (James Hogg), Vol. XXIII, September – 1856

I'm allergic to stupidity

I’m allergic to stupidity. I break out in sarcasm. ~ Author unknown

If there be a hell upon earth

If there be a hell upon earth, it is to be found in a melancholy man’s heart. ~ Robert Burton – The Anatomy of Melancholy

Idealism , Curmudgeon Quotes
Curmudgeon Quotes

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. ~ David T. Wolf

I would ask something more

I would ask something more of this world, if it had something more. ~ Antonio Porchia – Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

I see it all perfectly

I see it all perfectly: there are two possibilities, one can either do this or do that. My honest opinion and friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it, you will regret both. ~ Søren Kierkegaard

I never knew whether

I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

I love mankind

I love mankind — it’s people I can’t stand. ~ Charles M. Schulz – Go Fly a Kite, Charlie Brown

I like people

I like people. I just prefer it when they’re not around. ~ Zoo – “First Blood” (season 1, episode 1), original airdate 2015 June 30th, spoken by Mitch Morgan [writing credits: Appelbaum, Nemec, Pinkner, Rosenberg, Patterson, Ledwidge]

I like long walks

I like long walks, especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me. ~ Fred Allen

I hate to be near the sea

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began. ~ William Hazlitt

I grieve for life's bright

I grieve for life’s bright promise, just shown and then withdrawn. ~ William Cullen Bryant

I don't answer the phone

I don’t answer the phone. I get the feeling whenever I do that there will be someone on the other end. ~ Fred Couples

He seems

He seems
To have seen better days, as who has not
Who has seen yesterday? ~ George Gordon Byron

He had the uneasy manner

He had the uneasy manner of a man who is not among his own kind, and who has not seen enough of the world to feel that all people are in some sense his own kind. ~ Willa Cather

He had an astringent

He had an astringent spirit, the sort of fellow who uses dehydrated onion when the recipe calls for fresh, not because he’s out but solely on principle. ~ Terri Guillemets

Happy , Curmudgeon Quotes
Curmudgeon Quotes

Happy endings are only stories that haven’t finished yet. ~ Simon Kinberg – Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Happiness in intelligent

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. ~ Ernest Hemingway – (Thanks, Schanna)

Go by, go by, with all your din

Go by, go by, with all your din,
Your dust, your greed, your guile,
Your pomp, your gold; you cannot win
From her one smile….
Outlawed? Then hills and glens and streams
Are outlawed, too.
Proud world, from our immortal dreams,
We banish you. ~ Alfred Noyes – “The Outlaw, ” The Century Magazine, January 1912

Fate stalks us with depressing

Fate stalks us with depressing monotony from womb to tomb, and, when we are least expecting it, deals us a series of crushing blows from behind. ~ Hesketh Pearson – The Whispering Gallery

Ever get the feeling that sometime

Ever get the feeling that sometime early in your life there must have been a briefing that you missed? ~ Robert Brault –

But ah! disasters have

But ah! disasters have their use;
And life might e’en be too sunshiny… ~ Charles Stuart Calverley – “Disaster,” Fly Leaves, 1872

All our lives we are putting

All our lives we are putting pennies — our most golden pennies — into penny-in-the-slot machines that are almost always empty. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

All my joys to this are folly

All my joys to this are folly,
Naught so sweet as melancholy. ~ Robert Burton – The Anatomy of Melancholy, 1651

A satirist is a man who

A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people. ~ Peter McArthur

A cynic knows the price

A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. ~ Oscar Wilde – Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1893

[T]he army of wrongness rampant

[T]he army of wrongness rampant in the world might as well march over me. ~ Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1958

[M]an is a machine made expressly

[M]an is a machine made expressly for sorrow; he has only five senses with which to receive pleasure, and suffering comes to him through the whole surface of his body…. The man who does not suffer is an ill-made machine, an imperfect creature… ~ Claude Tillier – (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890

[I] put the question directly

[I] put the question directly to myself: “Suppose that all your objects in life were realized; that all the changes in institutions and opinions which you are looking forward to, could be completely effected at this very instant: would this be a great joy and happiness to you?” And an irrepressible self-consciousness distinctly answered, “No!” ~ John Stuart Mill – Autobiography, 1909

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