11 Apostolic Quotes Regarding Cynicism

Nevertheless, without the gift of faith or the perspective-giving insights of the gospel, man’s reason will sweep him into sadness and cynicsim
— Neal A. Maxwell, (For The Power Is In Them)

Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve
— Gordon B. Hinckley

Without hope, what is the future of lubricating forgiveness among the human family? Without hope, why forgo now in order to preserve precious resources for future generations? Without hope, what will keep the remaining idealism from also souring into cynicism and thereby laying waste to governments and families—institutions already in such serious jeopardy?
— Neal A. Maxwell, (Brightness of Hope)

“From a grandfather who is cynical to a son who is agnostic to a grandson who is now looking desperately for what God had already once given his family!
In this I speak carefully and lovingly to any of the adults of the Church, parents or otherwise, who may be given to cynicism or skepticism....I say, please be aware that the full price to be paid for such a stance does not always come due in your lifetime. No, sadly, some elements of this can be a kind of profligate national debt, with payments coming out of your children’s and grandchildren’s pockets in far more expensive ways than you ever intended it to be.”
— Jeffrey R. Holland, (A Prayer For The Children)

We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.
— Gordon B. Hinckley,

I wish to make a distinction here between cynicism and concern. I have concerns about our day—a major one of which I wish to discuss with you in some detail. But I am not cynical and I ask you not to be. I do not believe that all human conduct is self-serving or that all noble-sounding explanations are contrived and only mask the depravity of human motives. Cynicism is an intellectual cop-out, a crutch for a withered soul, a thin excuse for inaction and retreating commitment. Do not become cynical about government or education or civic affairs or religion or the human race or the time in which you live. Do on the other hand, be appropriately concerned and actively involved. We will always need responsible, reputable, reasonable social critics who will help in mapping the terrain and marking the pitfalls. But we do not need what Elder Gordon B. Hinckley once described on this campus as “pickle suckers,” those studied in the ‘sour vinegar of invective and anger.’
— Jeffery R. Holland, (Mirror, Mirror On The Wall)

I believe that for the most part our Founding Fathers were endowed with such faith. Surely they had problems. Taxation with representation was not a heck of a lot more fun than taxation without it. They had great concerns, but avoided cynicism and rolled up their sleeves.
— Jeffery R. Holland, (Mirror, Mirror On The Wall)

When Pilate came face to face with the Man of Galilee, he asked, “Are you a king?”

Jesus replied, “For this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

I don’t know what kind of man Pilate was, nor do I know what he was thinking. However, I suspect that he was well educated and had seen much of the known world.

I sense a certain weary cynicism in Pilate’s reply. I hear in his words the voice of a man who may once have been an idealist but now—after a great deal of life experience—seems a little hardened, even tired.
— Dieter F. Uchtdorf, (What Is Truth?)

However, we must be careful not to constrain His influence. When we do not do what is right or when our outlook is dominated by skepticism, cynicism, criticism, and irreverence toward others and their beliefs, the Spirit cannot be with us. We then act in a way that the prophets describe as the natural man.
“The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
— Robert D Hales, (Seeking To Know God Our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ)

The adversary’s weapons are sarcasm, irony and cynicism, but the Lord’s power is a gentle sense of humor.
— F. Enzio Busche

Jesus endured lesser spiritual maturity in the Twelve and in His other disciples. He endured this while helping to remedy it. He did this without condescension, without despairing, without cynicism, and without murmuring
— Neal A. Maxwell, (Meek and Lowly)