The Persistence of Absurdity

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – The Persistence of Absurdity

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

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. ~ Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. ~ Voltaire

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. ~ Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. ~ Albert Einstein

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

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

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

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth. ~ Albert Camus

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 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

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

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have – they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought – they demand freedom of speech. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Imagine how asleep or utterly unperceptive and clueless you would have to be not to see yourself as absurd for the most part. ~ John Malkovich

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. ~ Anatole France

The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds. ~ Paul Valery

It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be. ~ Archibald MacLeish

When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm. ~ Stanley Crouch

The more I learned, the more conscious did I become of the fact that I was ridiculous. So that for me my years of hard work at the university seem in the end to have existed for the sole purpose of demonstrating and proving to me, the more deeply engrossed I became in my studies, that I was an utterly absurd person. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. ~ Garrison Keillor

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

The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children. ~ André Breton

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

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. ~ Oscar Wilde

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

I am a personal optimist but a skeptic about all else. What may sound to some like anger is really nothing more than sympathetic contempt. I view my species with a combination of wonder and pity, and I root for its destruction. And please don’t confuse my point of view with cynicism; the real cynics are the ones who tell you everything’s gonna be all right. ~ George Carlin

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. ~ Woody Allen

Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave to give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer. ~ D. H. Lawrence

I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen. ~ W. H. Auden