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.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American clergyman and orator
Lectures to Young Men: On Various Important Subjects, Lecture 4 “Portrait Gallery” (1860
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