Quotations on Nonsense

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Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Music, Being, Nonsense, Nothing)

My father's parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: Father, Nonsense, Parents, Theatre)

Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money, 'cause they're convinced that there is a free lunch.
- Ron Bloom
(Keywords: Money, Nonsense, Will)

Buddhas don't practice nonsense.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Nonsense, Practice)

I think we have a fascinating new and quite dominant input into politics - and it wont go away. From time to time, people articulate a view that we should ban opinion polls, but that's nonsense.
- Jim Bolger
(Keywords: Politics, Time, People, Nonsense, Opinion)

The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense. Nighttime is for sleeping.
- Benjamin Britten
(Keywords: Idea, Night, Nonsense, Old)

Any acceleration constitutes progress, Miss Glory. Nature had no understanding of the modern rate of work. From a technical standpoint the whole of childhood is pure nonsense. Simply wasted time. An untenable waste of time.
- Karel Capek
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Work, Progress, Childhood, Glory, Nonsense, Understanding, Waste)

They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force, and their submission is wisdom; but for a nation like England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense.
- George Combe
(Keywords: Wisdom, EnglForce, Nation, Nonsense, Visit)

No. 1, Halliburton. Certainly, if they've overcharged they should be whacked and whacked good, but the idea that the vice president somehow is involved in this, whether they got contracts because of him, that's nonsense.
- Al D'Amato
(Keywords: Idea, Nonsense, President, Vice)

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
- Roald Dahl
(Keywords: Men, Nonsense, Now)

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
- Robertson Davies
(Keywords: Society, Time, Doctrine, Nonsense, Stupidity, Will)

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Men, Trust, Idea, Honesty, Day, Dishonesty, Nonsense, Quantity, Will)

Sometimes the world seems like a big hole. You spend all your life shouting down it and all you hear are echoes of some idiot yelling nonsense down a hole.
- Adam Duritz
(Keywords: Life, Nonsense, World)

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Patriotism, Hate, Heroism, Name, Nonsense, Violence)

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Being, Friends, Nonsense, Quarrel)

I did not want to reject religion as nonsense because life seemed to have no ultimate purpose without it, and most of the good people I knew were Christians.
- Luke Ford
(Keywords: Life, Religion, People, Purpose, Nonsense, Want)

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
- Robert Frost
(Keywords: Nonsense, Talk)

The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
- Northrop Frye
(Keywords: Beauty, Truth, Ego, Goodness, Nonsense, Pursuit, Temptation)

Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense.
- George Gallup
(Keywords: Leader, People, Attention, Effect, Nonsense, Opinion, President, Public, Public opinion, Results)

That which, perhaps, hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum.
- Edmond De Goncourt
(Keywords: Nonsense, World)

Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is.
- Hugh Grant
(Keywords: Love, Acting, Actors, Fact, Nonsense, Rest, Want)

Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
- Augustus Hare
(Keywords: Mother, Nonsense, Old, Talking)

A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery; and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice.
- Anthony Hecht
(Keywords: First, Fun, Lies, Mystery, Nonsense, Saying, Trying)

I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.
- Anthony Hopkins
(Keywords: Famous, Interest, Nonsense, Shakespeare)

I must say the idea of a United Africa was nonsense.
- C. L. R. James
(Keywords: Idea, Nonsense, United)

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
- Carl Jung
(Keywords: Mind, Nonsense, Right, Wrong)

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being skin deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?
- Jean Kerr
(Keywords: Beauty, Being, Deep, Nonsense, Skin, Want)

People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense.
- Tracy Kidder
(Keywords: People, Nonsense, Writing)

This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.
- Charles Krauthammer
(Keywords: People, Cowards, Enemy, Nonsense, Violence)

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb
(Keywords: Friendship, Nonsense, Privilege, Talk)

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
- C. S. Lewis
(Keywords: God, Nonsense, Questions)

A man can make himself put down what comes, even if it seems nauseating nonsense; tomorrow some of it may not seem wholly nonsense at all.
- F. L. Lucas
(Keywords: Man, May, Nonsense, Tomorrow)

In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.
- Catharine MacKinnon
(Keywords: Equality, Society, Fact, Nonsense, Will, Word, Words)

He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
- John McCarthy
(Keywords: Arithmetic, Nonsense, Talk)

People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don't understand about that nonsense. It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.
- Gerry Mulligan
(Keywords: Time, People, Nonsense, Talk)

Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
- George Jean Nathan
(Keywords: People, Aristocracy, Common sense, Nonsense, Privilege, World)

They were saying computers deal with numbers. This was absolutely nonsense. Computers deal with arbitrary information of any kind.
- Ted Nelson
(Keywords: Computers, Information, Nonsense, Numbers, Saying)

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron
(Keywords: Money, Books, Nonsense, Poor)

Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense. Can he talk nonsense?
- William Pitt
(Keywords: Being, Man, Nonsense, Talk)

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense - very far in excess of one-half of one per cent - into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom
(Keywords: Excess, Nonsense, Now, Poets)

On the other hand, all kinds of adventurous schemes to add security checkpoints to subway and bus systems have been circulating since the London attacks. This is nonsense. No one can guaranty 100 percent security.
- Otto Schily
(Keywords: London, Nonsense, Security)

It is simple nonsense to speak of the fixed tempo of any particular vocal phrase. Each voice has its peculiarities.
- Anton Seidl
(Keywords: Nonsense, Voice)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
- Dr. Seuss
(Keywords: Life, End, Fantasy, Living, Nonsense, Wrong)

To say, that Capt. Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey, is nonsense.
- Gerrit Smith
(Keywords: Rights, Nonsense, Turkey)

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
- Anne Sullivan
(Keywords: Mistake, Children, Desire, Discrimination, Nonsense, Observation)

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.
- Horace Walpole
(Keywords: Nonsense, Respect)

The game has changed. What's going on now is nonsense. You have guys complaining about not being paid.
- David Wells
(Keywords: Being, Complaining, Nonsense, Now)

Always remember, money isn't everything - but also remember to make a lot of it before talking such fool nonsense.
- Earl Wilson
(Keywords: Money, Fool, Nonsense, Talking)

I wrote the tunes and sang only nonsense words. Then came Moore and dressed them with the lyrics.
- Rick Wright
(Keywords: Nonsense, Words)

If you're a preacher, you talk for a living, so even if you don't make sense, you learn to make nonsense eloquently.
- Andrew Young
(Keywords: Living, Nonsense, Talk)









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