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Absurdity Quotes

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

The proposition that we should encourage wickedness
and violence by exposing one side of the face to blows
because we have been beaten on the other is too great an absurdity.
- Thomas Mellon

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

Annihilation is an absurdity in terms.
- Bernard Palissy

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

If you're going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire,
you can't be politically correct when you do that.
- John Cusack

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

Our system is the height of absurdity,
since we treat the culprit both as a child,
so as to have the right to punish him,
and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

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

Despite all the lunacy of the last century,
all the absurdity of war and genocide,
we believe that humans being are rational and are made to seek the truth.
- Timothy Radcliffe

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

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

As you know it is a comedy so everything is a little bit pushed.
That's what's funny about this kind of movie is you
can laugh about the absurdity,
and the bad side of life.
- Sophie Marceau

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

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

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or
an absurdity he has committed,
than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
- Joseph Addison

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

Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he
performs above the heads of his audience,
the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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

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

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

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

Unaware of the absurdity of it, we introduce our own
petty household rules into the economy of the universe
for which the life of generations,
peoples, of entire planets, has no importance in relation
to the general development.
- Alexander Herzen

Absurdity is what I like most in life,
and there's humor in struggling in ignorance.
If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp,
after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.
- David Lynch

All I try to do is as earnestly and as acutely as I can,
conceive a character and try to portray this character just honestly.
If the humor is within the absurdity and the awfulness of situations,
then let it be seen that way.
- Patrick Warburton

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 a lot of absurdity sometimes,
not just in Mormonism but often in other religions
that want to pretend that no bad happens in their church,
rather than taking care of what bad does happen.
- Neil LaBute

Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives
birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the
very soil that nourishes human hope;
perhaps one could never find sense in life without
first experiencing its absurdity.
- Vaclav Havel

Therefore, when I considered this carefully,
the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty
and apparent absurdity of my view,
nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

To reduce this claim of slavery to an absurdity,
it is only necessary to add that there are only two
states in which slaves are a majority,
and not one in which the slaveholders are not a very
disproportionate minority.
- William H. Seward

Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point;
only then can he look beyond it.
It is obviously impossible to get around it,
jump over it, or simply avoid it.
- Vaclav Havel

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

People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
to avoid facing their own souls.
- Carl Jung

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself.
Everybody should try it.
- Barbara Pym

In comedy, something may be more absurd,
but you have to believe just as much as you do when you're doing drama.
- Jenna Elfman

The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
- Denis Diderot

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
- Voltaire

My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view,
that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
- Lord Byron

I'm definitely a centrist and feel like both parties can be absurd.
- Brad Bird

Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position;
denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
- Annie Besant

The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of
the theatre of the absurd:
the poor king;
truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions -
even parading without a permit!
- David Kirk

Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd.
In the past, U2 was trying to duck that.
Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.
- Bono

In the best farce to-day we start with some absurd
premise as to character or situation,
but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.
- George P. Baker

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect.
There is something absurd about these gloomy young
men getting together and banging away.
- Robert Wyatt

Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
- Daniel Berrigan

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
- Miguel de Cervantes

My first feeling about the paper and the attitude is that it is absurd.
- Arthur Holly Compton

After 50, the rock 'n' roll road is a little absurd.
It's very difficult to play these little places.
You're out there on a rickety old bus with no place to shower.
- Nancy Sinatra

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

I think somehow you need to get to a certain point
in your life where the notion of failure is absurd.
- Jeff Tweedy

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist
puts order into it is a very absurd point of view,
I think.
All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
- Willem de Kooning

My husband does so many romantic things for me,
it's absurd.
- Jennifer Beals

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

Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
- Elizabeth Goudge

I don't know.
I think it's funny!
I think it's funny!
I go, what? It's so absurd.
I'm alone.
- Danny DeVito

A refuge is supposed to prevent what? The genes from
flowing out of sight? This refuge idea won't stop insects
from moving across boundaries.
That's absurd.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.
- Robin Morgan

There have been no sects in the Christian world,
however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support
their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture.
- Laurence Sterne

It is absurd to look for perfection.
- Camille Pissarro

Success is an absurd, erratic thing.
She arrives when one least expects her and after she
has come may depart again almost because of a whim.
- Alice Foote MacDougall

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes
led to extraordinary success.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them,
into believing.
- John Henry Newman

Firing off 1,000 or 500 or 2,000 nuclear warheads on
a few minutes' consideration has always struck me as
an absurd way to go to war.
- William Odom


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