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Friedrich NietzscheThere may be Herostratoi who set fire to the temples in which their image is worshiped.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheThe irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

NapoleonIn politics, an absurdity is not an impediment.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Samuel JohnsonAlmost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Emile M. CioranProfound thinkers are only the ones who do not suffer from a sense of the ridiculous

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

NapoleonFrom the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

David HumeIt is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause.

—  David Hume, 1711-1776, Scottish philosopher

Ambrose BierceAbsurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Eugene IonescoCut off from his religious, metaphysical and transcendental roots, man is lost; all his actions become senseless, absurd, useless.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Eugene IonescoIt's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's mankind.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

CiceroThere is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by some philosopher.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

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

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Albert CamusThis divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

VoltaireThose who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

VauvenarguesThe most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Jules RenardLook for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Jean CocteauFight any instinct to be humorless, for humorlessness is the worst of all absurdities.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Funny Quotes

Dave LettermanAmerica is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

George CarlinYou know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian



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