A Cynic Is A Man Who Knows The Price of Everything And The Value Of Nothing: Oscar Wilde Quote, Everyday Quotes

A Cynic!

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing”

Oscar Wilde
A Cynic Is

We have loved sharing the quotes of Oscar Wilde. I remember the previous post we shared which was a very powerful quote by Oscar Wilde –

“We Are All In The Gutter But Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars”

And when a man comes out with such powerful words, it is very hard not to fall in love with a collection of his quotes right?

And today on the quote of the day section, we explore our good old critics, the cynics and the materialistic buggers who keep evaluating all our efforts based on the results and more importantly their interpretation of the same. Although it is exhausting to prove ourselves to these seemingly irrelevant people, we can’t deny the fact that these people are out there and whether we want or not they are still a part of our lives.

And whether we let them influence or not is another question altogether and we all know where we want to head with that, a place where everything these guys say go on to the deaf ears and repel without actually affecting us :). Now that’s a good utopia to be in right?

Cynic Meaning

Before we start out on our cynic bashing, we would like to understand the meaning of cynic and how they influence our lives. From our base search we did find a few definition pointers for the cynics in our lives

  1. A cynic is a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self interest and nothing else
  2. A person whose outlook is woefully and habitually negative
  3. A person who doubts the sincerity of actions, motives and thoughts
  4. A person constantly in doubt about everything good or bad that happens to him/her or the people around him/her
  5. A person who believes that people are solely interested in themselves and their base desires alone and nothing else.

I am sure we will be able to find more synonyms in our favourite dictionary.com or any other interesting sites. But for our purpose, we shall stick with these definitions which clearly elucidate what we are planning to drive through this quote.

Cynic And A Realist!

Sometimes it is quite hard to differentiate cos most times we realise that these cynics hide in the cloak of realists and sometimes damn good at actually pulling it off. Anyway, I think more importantly at some point of time we feel sucked into these beliefs. And most times it happens very naturally and sometimes it is very easy not to realise it also.

Especially when we are meted out to these unfair outcomes, when someone else takes advantage of us, someone uses us for their benefits. I agree that it is not very easy to get beyond cynicism at these points of life. In fact being a cynic feels like a defence mechanism that we need to follow in order to prevent ourselves from getting hurt again.

And it does prevent us from getting hurt. But it also takes something along with it. It takes our innocence, it takes our ability to trust and it takes our ability to actually make a mistake and blindly going ahead with our gut. It makes us doubt the moves of everyone around us. I do agree that cynic is a very harsh word and most of us are not even close to being a cynic. But the question sometimes is that whether we are being one, whether we are letting something stand in our way just to prevent us from getting hurt again or not, whether we are holding ourselves back on an experience that happened in the past.

And most importantly, whether we are reacting to our present or the past? 

That in the end is going to make a lot of difference and we end up missing out on a lot just because we are afraid of something the past gave us which we do not want again in the future. But the truth is that it is not going to happen in the future, not at least in the same way. We got to get beyond that point of doubt, we got to trust – not because people are never going to screw us over again – they are going to do that and we are going to get hurt. But more importantly because what we gain out of it is a lot more precious than what we might lose. And that in the end is a better trade off.

Well that is our thought for the day in the name of the quote for the day. A cynic surely knows the price of something, the price that we pay. But in its value, whether we want to be a cynic or not – a practical person or not or what we define as real or not is ultimately a choice and a choice alone.

This was our quote of the day, thanks to Oscar Wilde for a great thought to start our day.

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6 Responses to "A Cynic Is A Man Who Knows The Price of Everything And The Value Of Nothing: Oscar Wilde Quote, Everyday Quotes"

  1. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder · Edit

    The quote of Oscar Wilde says it all! I really have an abhorrence towards cynicism…I mean we have so many things to think over and do in life, what’s the point demeaning everything and everyone?

  2. Yess!!! This one is with a punch.
    I would say that we are all motivated by self interest – only there is a wide range of how one defines self interest. Self interest need not always be at the cost of others.
    Someone may feel good by giving, and hence think that to give is in his/her self interest, while someone may feel that it is in his/her interest only to get while depriving others.
    ‘Çynics’ are the later category who always put a price tag while remaining closed to the intangibles.

  3. Very true! The quotation of Oscar Wilde makes it crystal clear and you have further elaborated nicely on the topic. We do find a lot of cynics around who know the price of everything but the value.

    Good post Vinay.


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