You're in! You can exhale now. I created The Cynic's Sanctuary as an online refuge for people like us: disgruntled idealists, naysayers, skeptics, bitter romantics, class clowns -- enlightened misfits in all their infinite variety.
Though it's among the oldest surviving sites on the Web, The Cynic's Sanctuary is still a work in progress. Just shoot me an e-mail if you come up with any ideas that would add to its appeal as the world's favorite destination for thinking cynics.
I hope you'll enjoy your time here and come back whenever you're feeling cynical. You've found your tribe. Welcome home!
Cynical Quote of the Week
"True individualists are always at odds with the universe. Set adrift by their peculiar tastes and interests, they spend their lives searching for kindred spirits and a compatible mate. They are hopelessly out of step with the business world and its trivial urgencies. Their priorities are not the priorities of their neighbors. They are unique; therefore they are alone."
Come on, open the box!
Now you can download the first collection of my vintage "Cynic's Sanctuary" tirades and columns! (There will be two more to follow.) This grimly amusing e-book assembles my darkest-humored essays: musings on mortality, chronic disappointment, insanity, burial, bad music, extinction and other inconveniences -- nearly 40 bittersweet essays in all. It's yours for the insanely affordable price of $2.99 -- less than your average cappuccino at Starbucks, and even more stimulating. Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other sites where e-books are sold. The cynic thanks you!
Finally, somebody who understands us!
Take a Cynic's Sanctuary tour:
All About Cynicism. Get acquainted with the world's most misunderstood and unjustly maligned philosophy.
Are You a Cynic? Answer our 21 questions and see if you make the grade.
Cynic Hall of Fame. Illustrated gallery of the greatest cynical sages through the ages, with a few choices that might surprise you.
Message Board. Meet your fellow cynics, jump into the lively discussions and feel free to rant. You're among friends.
Positive Cynicism. It's not all sneering and snarkery, you know. Cynics can (and should) make a positive difference in the world.
Rick's Notebook. Read what your host has been thinking about life, death, civilization, baldness and other essential topics.
The Cynic's Dictionary. Sample my brilliant (and inexplicably out-of-print) contribution to world literature.
The Cynic's Shopping Annex. Yes! We have cynical books. And videos. And other absolute necessities for enlightened cynics.
Your Host: Rick Bayan. Everything you need to know about the former idealist who created this site.
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