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"Do not sanction an absurdity." - Stephanie Felicite, comtesse de Genlis

"Annihilation is an absurdity in terms." - Bernard Palissy

"To me absurdity is the only reality" - Frank Zappa

"Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity." - James Anthony Froude

"Fashion: the search for a new absurdity." - Natalie Clifford Barney

"To me, absurdity is the only reality." - Frank Zappa

"In politics, absurdity is not a handicap." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Absurdity is the ecstasy of intellectualism." - Criss Jami

"Ecstatic absurdity: it's the confrontation with meaninglessness." - Errol Morris

"Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity." - Francis Bacon

"I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems." - Wislawa Szymborska

"Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy." - Karl Lagerfeld

"I rather like the smell of absurdity in the morning." - Tom Robbins

"The marriage vow is an absurdity imposed by society." - George Sand

"Leaps of innovation require a bravery that borders on absurdity." - Astro Teller

"Absurdity is what I like most in life." - David Lynch

"Absurdity isn't quite so absurd as it once was." - Michael Helm

"Mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"I admit it: above all things, I fear absurdity." - Salman Rushdie

"Every absurdity has a champion to defend it." - Oliver Goldsmith

"The concept of absurdity is something I'm attracted to." - David Lynch

"There's so much absurdity. Poverty is so absurd." - Frank Mccourt

"He who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity." - Baruch Spinoza

"To try to fix the future is a manifest absurdity." - Iain Sinclair

"Old Zen was the reduction of concepts to absurdity." - Frederick Lenz

"Life packed a clever one-two punch: cruelty and absurdity." - Dean Koontz

"There is no absurdity in theology so great that you cannot parallel it by a greater absurdity in Nature." - Thomas Huxley

"Jeffrey Lewis sings as though absurdity were truth, and truth absurdity. And I think I agree with him." - Paul Banks

"Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that's what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity." - Albert Camus

"To become our enemies - what an absurdity. A crazy absurdity when you stop to think that we, Muslims and Hindus, had conducted the struggle for independence together." - Indira Gandhi

"The only good copies are those which make us see the absurdity of bad originals." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Better the comfort of a lie than the absurdity of the truth." - Tanya Huff

"A sense of absurdity interferes with my efforts to appear venerable." - Mason Cooley

"Recognizing the absurdity of life is also a way of surviving." - Noa Ben Artzi-Pelossof

"I am not sure one is capable of reflecting absurdity without having a strong sense of meaning. Absurdity makes sense only against a meaningful background. It is the deeper meaning that is shedding light on the absurdity. There must be a vanish point, a metaphysical horizon if you will where absurdity and meaning merge." - Vaclav Havel

"Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative." - Oliver Goldsmith

"The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man only." - Thomas Hobbes

"A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity; it is an occupational risk." - Oswald Mosley

"Desire is the absurdity that holds open the infinity of possibility." - Wendy Farley

"[...] to introduce into the philosophy of war itself a principle of moderation would be an absurdity" - Carl Von Clausewitz

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

"The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity." - Marcel Proust

"A greater absurdity cannot be thought of than a morose, hardhearted, covetous, proud, malicious Christian." - Jonathan Edwards

"The words kept coming back to him, statement of a mystical truth and a palpable absurdity." - George Orwell

"I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever's going on." - Jon Stewart

"I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever's going on." - Jon Stewart

"You need to react. That's the absurdity of Twitter. You can react without thinking now." - Raoul Peck

"The invariable sign of doctrines invented by men is confusion, contradiction, absurdity, and obscenity" - Mark Rosenfelder

"Do not believe in an absurdity no matter who says it." - Rumi

"To introduce into the philosophy of War itself a principle of moderation would be an absurdity." - Carl Von Clausewitz

"A greater absurdity cannot be thought of than a morose, hard-hearted, covetous, proud, malicious Christian." - Jonathan Edwards

"Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble." - Samuel Johnson

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity." - John Adams

"He who can lead you to believe an absurdity can lead you to commit an atrocity." - Voltaire

"Perhaps I'm particularly serious, because I'm not unaware of the potential absurdity of what I'm doing." - Daniel Daylewis

"Faith is reason denying absurdity in the face of the unknown." - William Batchelder Greene

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

"No amount of manifest absurdity... could deter those who wanted to believe from believing." - Bernard Levin

"I always see the absurdity in most situations. It's my experience of how life works." - Natasha Lyonne

"I laugh at absurdity hardest, then stories, then observations, then bearded men on roller skates." - T J Miller

"Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion." - Ambrose Bierce

"Perhaps I'm particularly serious, because I'm not unaware of the potential absurdity of what I'm doing." - Daniel Day-Lewis

"Reason will by degrees submit to absurdity, as the eye is in time accommodated to darkness." - Samuel Johnson

"Do not believe in an absurdity no matter who says it." - Rumi

"In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it." - Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

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

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

"The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only." - Thomas Hobbes

"Time is an absurdity. An abstraction. The only thing that matters is this moment." - Jonathan Nolan

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

"Some have speculated that the way [Albert] Camus died made his theories on absurdity a self-fulfilling prophecy. Others would say it was the triumphant meaningful way he lived that allowed him to rise heroically above absurdity." - Aberjhani

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

"My fundamental axiom of speculative philosophy is that materialism and spiritualism are opposite poles of the same absurdity-the absurdity of imagining that we know anything about either spirit or matter." - Thomas Huxley

"I agree completely with Secretary Colin Powell, who said today this is an absurdity. And so I think the American people will know it's an absurdity. I have absolutely no concerns about it whatsoever." - Hillary Clinton

"Without the constantly living and articulated eperience of absurdity, there would be no reason to attempt to do something meaningful. And on the contrary, how can one experience one's own absurdity if one is not constantly seeking meaning?" - Vaclav Havel

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

"Once an absurdity is accepted as truth, it will seem truer the more absurd it is shown to be." - Robert Breault

"Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt." - Phil Ochs

"Berkeley retains the merit of having shown that the existence of matter is capable of being denied without absurdity." - Bertrand Russell

"What an absurdity to go and bury oneself in South America, where they are always having revolutions." - Agatha Christie

"The phrase 'popular science' has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific." - Maria Mitchell

"He had the appeal of a very young dog of a very large breed - a kind of amiable absurdity." - Dorothy L Sayers

"To brand man with infamy, and let him free, is an absurdity that peoples our forests with assassins." - Denis Diderot

"When once a man is determined to believe, the very absurdity of the doctrine confirms him in his faith." - Junius

"I saw something even more beautiful than a sense of humor: an appreciation for life's essential absurdity." - Stephen King

"Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure." - Natalie Goldberg

"The system of idolatry, invented by modern christianity, far surpasses in absurdity anything that we have ever heard of" - Orson Pratt

"A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity." - Oliver Goldsmith

"There is hardly an absurdity of the past that cannot be found flourishing somewhere in the present." - Will Durant

"The best of us being unfit to die, what an unexpressible absurdity to put the worst to death." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity." - Albert Camus

"What before seemed a...frustrating wall, the comic deftly and fearlessly steps through, proving the absurdity of it all." - Bill Hicks

"I saw something even more beautiful than a sense of humor: an appreciation for life's essential absurdity." - Stephen King

"The phrase "popular science" has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific." - Maria Mitchell

"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next." - John Stuart Mill

"Once an absurdity is accepted as truth, it will seem truer the more absurd it is shown to be." - Robert Brault

"Untruth being unacceptable to the mind of man, there is no other defence left for absurdity but obscurity." - John Locke

"The abuse of grace is affectation, as the abuse of the sublime is absurdity; all perfection is nearly a fault." - Voltaire

"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another." - Adlai Stevenson

"And I knew that it was better to live out one's absurdity than to die for that of others." - Ralph Ellison

"But he had hardly felt the absurdity of those things, on the one hand, and the necessity of those others, on the other, (for it is rare that the feeling of absurdity is not followed by the feeling of necessity), when he felt the absurdity of those things of which he had just felt the necessity (for it is rare that the feeling of necessity is not followed by the feeling of absurdity.)" - Samuel Beckett

"Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret." - Jane Austen

"Absurdity is one of the most human things about us: a manifestation of our most advanced and interesting characteristics." - Thomas Nagel

"It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility "faith"! (Institutio III.2.3)" - John Calvin

"We're going through a kind of ancient, barbaric war dance now - it's almost an ultimate in absurdity." - Clark M Clifford

"When a person is determined to believe something, the very absurdity of the doctrine confirms them in their faith." - Junius

"In love, everything is true, everything is false; it is the one subject on which one cannot express an absurdity." - Nicolas Chamfort

"To brand man with infamy, and let him free, is an absurdity that peoples our forests with assassins." - John Philpot Curran

"The phrase 'popular science' has in itself a touch of absurdity. That knowledge which is popular is not scientific." - Maria Mitchell

"The system of idolatry, invented by modern christianity, far surpasses in absurdity anything that we have ever heard of." - Orson Pratt

"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another." - Adlai E Stevenson

"The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought." - Vaclav Havel

"Any manwhose love of horses isstronger thanhis fear of being an absurdity is all right with me." - Bill Vaughan

"To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature." - Denis Diderot

"Humor helps us get through life with a modicum of grace. It offers one of the few benign ways of coping with the absurdity of it all." - Diane Keaton

"Be not afraid of absurdity; do not shrink from the fantastic. Within a dilemma, choose the most unheard-of, the most dangerous solution. Be brave, be brave." - Isak Dinesen

"Humour is the making others act or talk absurdly and unconsciously; wit is the pointing out and ridiculing that absurdity consciously, and with more or less ill-nature." - William Hazlitt

"Jurists say that a capital crime submerges all lesser crimes; and so it is with faith. Its absurdity makes all petty difficultiesvanish." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Theology is Anthropology... [T]he distinction which is made, or rather supposed to be made, between the theological and anthropological predicates resolves itself into an absurdity." - Ludwig Feuerbach

"I can't imagine a life without humor. Especially if you have an existential understanding of life, you must acknowledge the absurdity of it all." - David Cronenberg

"Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life." - Phil Ochs

"It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause" - David Hume

"there is enough treachery , hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day" - Charles Bukowski

"Yes, I am calling for an intellectual revolution that sweeps away the corruption, absurdity and error, which prevail in morals, customs, traditions, and doctrines." - Ameen Rihani

"There are directors who desire to be artistic. It is pathetic to compare the seriousness of their aim with the absurdity of their attainment." - W Somerset Maugham

"I can never be an atheist, because God is our celestial hope for our existential worries, our cosmic chance against absurdity!" MMI" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Granted that every war is madness-civil war, fratricide, is the worst of all; it reaches deeper into ugliness, cruelty and absurdity." - Elie Wiesel

"There is not much difference between a mortal man and a dying man. The absurdity of making plans is only slightly more obvious in the second case." - Emile M Cioran

"Woman's inaptitude for reasoning has not prevented her from arriving at truth; nor has man's ability to reason prevented him from floundering in absurdity." - Elbert Hubbard

"Global warming has taken the place of Communism as an absurdity that 'liberals' will defend to the death regardless of the evidence showing its folly." - John Ray

"My poems, I think, exist in a state of tension between the love of natural beauty and the fear of natural meaninglessness or absurdity." - Hayden Carruth

"Absurdity is the one thing love can't stand; it can overlook anything else, - coldness, or weakness, or viciousness, - but just be ridiculous and that's the end of it!" - Margaret Deland

"Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful" - Albert Camus

"The only absurdity in which I find equally immense compassion and morality is Christianity - though the compassion is outlandish and the morality is blemished." - Kedar Joshi

"Instead of talking about cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, we must end the absurdity of corporations not paying a nickel in federal income taxes." - Bernie Sanders

"We've become to living with absurdity, and that to make people to see how much so, I had to ratchet up the insanity." - Paul Madonna

"What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?" - James Joyce

"For any truth, if overdone (as Dietzgen Senior put it), if exaggerated, or if carried beyond the limits of its applicability, can be reduced to absurdity." - Vladimir Lenin

"My dreams are the problems of the day stepped up to absurdity, a little like men dancing, wearing the horns and masks of animals." - John Steinbeck

"Granted that every war is madness - civil war, fratricide, is the worst of all; it reaches deeper into ugliness, cruelty and absurdity." - Elie Wiesel

"Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful." - Albert Camus

"Mere absurdity has never prevented the triumph of bad ideas, if they accord with easily aroused fantasies of an existence freed of human limitations." - Anthony Daniels (psychiatrist)

"There is no greater mindlessness and absurdity than to force conscience and the spirit with external power, when only their creator has authority for them." - Ferenc David

"It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience." - John Adams

"Religion itself is an absurdity and an anomaly, and paganism is acceptable only because it represents that purely orgiastic phase of religion farthest from reality." - H P Lovecraft

"Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make the attempt. That's morality, that's religion, that's art, that's life." - Phil Ochs

"Mere absurdity has never prevented the triumph of bad ideas, if they accord with easily aroused fantasies of an existence freed of human limitations." - Anthony Daniels



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