“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
The cynic questions everything. There is some value in questioning things. After all, only the very naive and gullible believe everything they hear. But if you question everything, what's left to believe?
A cynic is distrustful of human nature and motives. Suspicion, pessimism, and selfishness are all part of it, but a true cynic brings something more to the party. A true cynic will challenge your belief in what you hold most dear. President Franklin Roosevelt expressed it well when he referred to some of his opponents as “those ...