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ABSURDITY
[ Also see Common Sense Existentialism Impossibility Inconsistency Nonsense Perverseness Ridicule Sense Sublimity Unreasonableness ]

The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity of that supposition from whence they flow.
      - Francis Atterbury

Absurdity refutes itself.
      - Thomas Bartholin

The absurd has meaning only in so far as it is not agreed to.
      - Albert Camus

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

There is nothing so absurd as not to have been said by a philosopher.
  [Lat., Nihil tam absurdum, quod non dictum sit ab aliquo philosophorum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Do not sanction an absurdity.
      - Mme. de Genlis

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

Absurdities die of self-strangulation.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Absurdities are great or small in proportion to custom or insuetude.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.
      - Jules Renard

There is no absurdity so obvious that it cannot be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to impose it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Of all the authorities to which men can be called to submit, the wisdom of our ancestors is the most whimsically absurd.
      - Jeremy Taylor


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