statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
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.
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in
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.
Gilbert 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.
The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject,
but man only.
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.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence,
rather a condition of it.
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.
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in
the way of civilization.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the
masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief