An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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 Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


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


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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 (1874-1936, British author)


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 (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


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


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


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 (1892-1982, American writer)


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 (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


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 (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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