Quotation Explorer - 'Absurd'

To reprove small faults within due vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.
He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. - Bertrand Russell
What's more absurd than one person telling another how to live? - Marty Rubin
[Quantum mechanics] describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd. - Richard Feynman
Sometimes absurd logic can be amusing and heart-touching. - Debasish Mridha
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. - Søren Kierkegaard
This is my life now. Absurd, but unpredictable. Not absurd because unpredictable but unpredictable because absurd. If I have lost the meaning of my life, I might still find small treasured things among the spilled and pilfered trash. - Joyce Carol Oates
Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing. - Elizabeth Goudge
...how absurd human beings are and how magnificent. - Benjamin Zander
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
Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible. - Miguel de Unamuno
State ownership! It leads only to absurd and monstrous conclusions; state ownership means state monopoly, concentrated in the hands of one party and its adherents, and that state brings only ruin and bankruptcy to all. - Benito Mussolini
Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. - Albert Camus
Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works... - J. R. R. Tolkien
Part of the appeal of the fantastic is taking ridiculous ideas very seriously and pretending they're not absurd. - China Miéville
They floated for a while, two flesher-shaped creatures and a giant worm in a cloud of spinning metal fragments, an absurd collection of imaginary debris, glinting by the light of the true stars. - Greg Egan
What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as stagecoaches?
Only exceptional rational men can afford to be absurd. - Allan Goldfein
The extremity of her sensitivityimpressed a richly idle princely family,of her discomfort, bothered as she had to beby the absurd softness of the ample beddings,not to mention the pillow piles aggravatingher much lamented acrophobic dis-ease.[from the poem, ] Joseph Stanton - Princess and the Pea
To speak of television as 'neutral' and therefore subject to change is as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns. - Jerry Mander
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. - Oscar Wilde
Absurd laughter is a kind of protest against an absurd existence. - Meng Wang
This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them. - Bertrand Russell
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. - Bertrand Russell
It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them. - John Steinbeck
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire
The most dangerous aspect of religion is its tendency to glorify the absurd and justify the abhorrent. - Stifyn Emrys
The very term ‘public utility’ is an absurd one. Every good is useful ‘to the public,’ and almost every good may be considered ‘necessary.’ Any designation of a few industries as ‘public utilities’ is completely arbitrary and unjustified. - Murray N. Rothbard
I can cross the boundless ocean just to save you, I cannot eat or sleep without you, I can take you on a journey to heaven and show you to the angels. All these are fake and absurd promises; Be sincere, walk up to your lover and say, honestly, darling, i can only do the best i can for you. - Michael Bassey Johnson
If any religion allows you to torture animals or sacrifice an animal for the sake of procuring god’s favor, then that is not a religion. It is an absurd practice of inhumanity. - Debasish Mridha
Once men sang together round a table in chorus; now one man sings alone, for the absurd reason that he can sing better. If our civilization goes on like this, only one man will laugh, because he can laugh better than the rest. - G.K. Chesterton
When sceptical about reality, man tends to believe the absurd. - Raheel Farooq
There is only one success... to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. - Christopher Morley
I think we often hold heroines to an absurd standard. Be brave! Be wise! Always know what's in your heart and speak the truth of it! No and no and no. We fight to be brave. We learn to be wise. We struggle to know ourselves and voice what we want. - Leigh Bardugo
You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help? - Dan Barker
Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one. - Voltaire
What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities. - Joseph Addison
Depression: the healthy suspicion that modern life has no meaning and that modern society is absurd and alienating.
It is both dangerous and absurd for our world to be a group of communions mutually excommunicate. - Alan W. Watts
A man must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. It is absurd to say that a man is ready to toil and die for his convictions if he is not even ready to wear a wreathe around his head for them. - G.K. Chesterton
sempurna itu absurd. mengejar kesempurnaan sama aja mengejar sesuatu yang gak ada. - Hani
Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible. - Albert Einstein
I had lived my life before in accordance with the poverty and itinerancy of my childhood, sliding in and out of other people’s leases, never expecting to stay very long and tolerating circumstances that strike me now as completely absurd. - Kathleen Alcott
There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. - C.G. Jung
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. . . . Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough. - Aldous Huxley
He loved her in spite of her unlovableness. Armande had many trying, thought not necessarily rare, traits, all of which he accepted as absurd clues in a clever puzzle. - Vladimir Nabokov
If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. - Albert Einstein
The avarice of the old: it's absurd to increase one's luggage as one nears the journey's end. - Cicero
Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together. - George Santayana
The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse. - Frank Zappa
There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it. - Cicero
Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty. - Ellen Glasgow
BEARD, n. The hair that is commonly cut off by those who justly execrate the absurd Chinese custom of shaving the head. - Ambrose Bierce
Only exceptionally rational men can afford to be absurd. - Allan Goldfein
To achieve the impossible, you must attempt the absurd - Jon R. Michaelsen
To attempt to increase the wealth of any country, either by introducing or by detaining in it an unnecessary quantity of gold and silver, is as absurd as it would be to attempt to increase the good cheer of private families by obliging them to keep an unnecessary number of kitchen utensils. - Adam Smith
Perhaps a physicist would know at once why this whole idea was absurd. But then, perhaps a physicist would be so locked into the consensus of his scientific community that it would be harder for him to accept an idea that transformed the meaning of everything he knew. Even if it were true. - Orson Scott Card
That there should be a reality hidden behind appearances is, after all, quite possible; that language might render such a thing would be an absurd hope. - Emil Cioran
The problem is that one man's superstition is another man's religion, and vice versa. Many Protestants today still see Catholicism as being rife with superstition, ... while atheists and agnostics would see bien-pensant Protestants as worshiping an equally absurd form of the supernatural. - David Gibson
It is absurd to expect the inclinations and wishes of two human beings to coincide, through any long period of time. To oblige them to act and live together is to subject them to some inevitable potion of thwarting, bickering, and unhappiness. - William Godwin
Both precious and absurd, this tightrope of existence we walk in both directions; strung only on a rhythm of heartbeats across a void - Dean Cavanagh
I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world. - Georges Duhamel
The notion that writings created at a time when men huddled in superstitious terror from an eclipse can possibly be a credible representation of the Creator (whatever that word means to each person) is so absurd as to border on delusional. - Dave Champion
A hereditary monarch is as absurd a position as a hereditary doctor or mathematician. - Thomas Paine
Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are myrevolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity ofconsciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitationto death—and I refuse suicide. - Albert Camus
For crying out loud, absurd things can happen, none of us is spared. He reached out and gave her a soft pat on the back. So screw it, lovey. Enjoy every second you’ve got and stop moping around. - Intomesee - Maha Erwin
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