Absurdity in General

Sunday, April 18, 2010 – Absurdity in General

Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion. ~ Ambrose Bierce

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

The truth is always a compound of two half-truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say. ~ Tom Stoppard

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. ~ Albert Einstein

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody. ~ Quentin Crisp

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.~ David Russell

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time. ~ George Iles

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. ~ Ronald Reagan

In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas. ~ Aldous Huxley

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity. ~ Marcel Proust

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity, it is an occupational risk. ~ Oswald Mosley

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble. ~ Samuel Johnson

My mother was the concert master of the symphony. Absurdity and eccentricity were not criticized. ~ Martin Short

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood. ~ Alexander Herzen

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization. ~ Agnes Repplier

Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity. ~ Julio Cortazar

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check. ~ M. C. Escher

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. ~ Albert Camus

Life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, since they are true. ~ Luigi Pirandello

Perhaps I’m old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied. ~ Douglas Adams