Cynics at Large Define a Cynic

What is a Cynic?

Webster's Definition of "Cynic"

Which kind am I? Both, in fact. Think about it - the two definitions are not obviously contradictory, except that the the first sounds virtuous, and the second self-evidently base and unpleasant. Yet both are valid after their fashion, and while I try not to be superciliously captious, I do tend to believe that expecting people to follow their self-interest, as perceived, is a better guide to human behavior than any other model I have so far endeavored to investigate.

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