Quotations on Absurdity

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

We're going through a kind of ancient, barbaric war dance now - it's almost an ultimate in absurdity.
- Clark M. Clifford
(Keywords: War, Dance, Absurdity, Now)

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
(Keywords: Work, Fear, Absurdity, Contempt, Novelty)

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought.
- Vaclav Havel
(Keywords: Experience, Absence, Absurdity, Meaning, Words)

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
(Keywords: Life, Hope, Absurdity, Doubt, First, Sense)

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
(Keywords: Life, Development, Absurdity, Economy, Generations, Importance, Rules, Universe)

When a person is determined to believe something, the very absurdity of the doctrine confirms them in their faith.
- Junius
(Keywords: Faith, Absurdity, Doctrine)

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
(Keywords: Church, Absurdity, Care, Want)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Kiss, Truth, Absurdity, Day, Fish, May, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Humor, Life, Absurdity, Ignorance, Man, Running)

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
(Keywords: Funny, Life, Absurdity, Comedy)

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
(Keywords: Truth, Absurdity, Consciousness, Existence, Man, Now)

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
(Keywords: Life, Art, Religion, Morality, Absurdity, Defeat, World)

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
(Keywords: War, Truth, Absurdity, Being, Genocide)

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
(Keywords: Age, Absurdity, May)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Absurdity, World)

My mother was the concert master of the symphony. Absurdity and eccentricity were not criticized.
- Martin Short
(Keywords: Mother, Absurdity, Eccentricity)

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