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    "For the truth of the conclusions of physical science, observation is the supreme Court of Appeal. It does not follow that every item which we confidently accept as physical knowledge has actually been certified by the Court; our confidence is that it would be certified by the Court if it were submitted. But it does follow that every item of physical knowledge is of a form which might be submitted to the Court. It must be such that we can specify (although it may be impracticable to carry out) an observational procedure which would decide whether it is true or not. Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure."

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    Cynicism Quotes

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    • A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
    • Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
      The Little Foxes, 1939, by Lillian Hellman
    • Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil.
    • A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
    • My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
      Journal of a Character, 1931, by Jean Rostand
    • The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
    • No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
    • What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
      Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III, by Oscar Wilde
    • Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
    • Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
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