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The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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


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

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

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

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 (George Gordon) Byron

It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified. G. K. Chesterton

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

It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be. Archibald MacLeish

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

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


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