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Barbara Pym Quotes

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How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself.
Everybody should try it.
- Barbara Pym

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Those quotations were really quite obscure.
Anyone can see that he is a very well read man.
- Barbara Pym

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
to avoid facing their own souls.
- Carl Jung

 

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The logic of the heart is absurd.
- Julie de Lespinasse

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The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
- Denis Diderot

For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers
have assaulted Christianity as being irrational,
superstitious and absurd.
- Josh McDowell

I think somehow you need to get to a certain point
in your life where the notion of failure is absurd.
- Jeff Tweedy

There's so much absurdity.
Poverty is so absurd.
- Frank McCourt

When people conclude that all is futile,
then the absurd becomes the norm.
- Stanley Crouch

Firing off 1,000 or 500 or 2,000 nuclear warheads on
a few minutes' consideration has always struck me as
an absurd way to go to war.
- William Odom

I don't know.
I think it's funny!
I think it's funny!
I go, what? It's so absurd.
I'm alone.
- Danny DeVito

In the best farce to-day we start with some absurd
premise as to character or situation,
but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.
- George P. Baker

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
I think it's in my basement...
let me go upstairs and check.
- M. C. Escher

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
- Voltaire

My first feeling about the paper and the attitude is that it is absurd.
- Arthur Holly Compton

The manufacture of desire isn't at the heart -
if it isn't absurd to speak of a heart -
of the media torrent.
Chronic dissatisfaction is at the heart of the matter.
- Todd Gitlin

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes
led to extraordinary success.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.
- Robin Morgan

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them,
into believing.
- John Henry Newman

The film business is absurd.
Stars don't last very long.
It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.
- Tom Courtenay

Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd.
In the past, U2 was trying to duck that.
Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.
- Bono

After 50, the rock 'n' roll road is a little absurd.
It's very difficult to play these little places.
You're out there on a rickety old bus with no place to shower.
- Nancy Sinatra

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same
woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed;
such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist
puts order into it is a very absurd point of view,
I think.
All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
- Willem de Kooning

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect.
There is something absurd about these gloomy young
men getting together and banging away.
- Robert Wyatt

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in
the same breath as the presidency.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A refuge is supposed to prevent what? The genes from
flowing out of sight? This refuge idea won't stop insects
from moving across boundaries.
That's absurd.
- Jeremy Rifkin

When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd
it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions.
- Morrie Schwartz

You oughtn't to yield to temptation.
Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.
- Anthony Hope

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

It's come to the point where you have people saying
it's our Christian duty to embrace the homosexual movement.
This is absurd.
- Randall Terry

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
- Thomas A. Edison

The history of thought may be summed up in these words:
it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
- Paul Valery

It is absurd to look for perfection.
- Camille Pissarro

I have too much respect for the idea of God to make
it responsible for such an absurd world.
- Georges Duhamel

Success is an absurd, erratic thing.
She arrives when one least expects her and after she
has come may depart again almost because of a whim.
- Alice Foote MacDougall

Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position;
denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
- Annie Besant

I was always ready to leave England for some absurd reason.
- Claire Forlani

Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
- Elizabeth Goudge

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

Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
- Daniel Berrigan

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly.
The histories of all popular governments show absurd
is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.
- Franklin Pierce

That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd,
as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever
entered into the head of mortal man.
- George Berkeley

I'm definitely a centrist and feel like both parties can be absurd.
- Brad Bird

The absurd consequences of neglecting structure but
using the concept of order just the same are evident
if one examines the present terminology of information theory.
- Rudolf Arnheim

It's absolutely absurd to even consider voting on Sunday alcohol sales.
I am opposed to alcohol period.
It doesn't do anybody any good in the long run.
It's a dangerous drug.
- John Hunter

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to
aim at making proselytes by fire and sword.
Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
- Alexander Hamilton

I don't think life is absurd.
I think we are all here for a huge purpose.
I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.
- Norman Mailer

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men
who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder
one another in cold blood.
- Aldous Huxley

It is certain that the study of human psychology,
if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons,
would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no
evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
- Bertrand Russell

It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman
all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs
several violins to play the same piece of music.
- Honore de Balzac

Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity.
the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity.
- Vartan Gregorian

I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem,
serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.
- Arthur Miller

The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of
the theatre of the absurd:
the poor king;
truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions -
even parading without a permit!
- David Kirk

Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought
to class people as static and dynamic.
- Evelyn Waugh

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
- Miguel de Cervantes

I became intrigued with colour theory.
The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute,
a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season,
amused me.
- John Barton

Life may be not only meaningless but absurd.
- Thomas Nagel

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
- Anatole France

Now it would be as absurd to deny the existence of God,
because we cannot see him, as it would be to deny the
existence of the air or wind,
because we cannot see it.
- Adam Clarke

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover;
it is kept alive by hope and fear,
by childish faith, and by cowardice.
- Clarence Darrow

My husband does so many romantic things for me,
it's absurd.
- Jennifer Beals

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason,
and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
- Baruch Spinoza

Sometimes I say to myself, what are you doing in this
absurd job? Why don't you go to Africa and help people?
But I cannot help people,
because I am a hypochondriac.
- Javier Bardem

There have been no sects in the Christian world,
however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support
their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture.
- Laurence Sterne


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