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A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

We have done with Hope and Honour, we are lost to Love and Truth,

We are dropping down the ladder rung by rung,

And the measure of our torment is the measure of our youth.

God help us, for we knew the worst too young!
Rudyard Kipling, "Gentleman-Rankers"

A few clues as to which end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism you are -- or the characters think they are.

Contrast Idealism Tropes.


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