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absurdity Quotes

15 of the best book quotes about absurdity
  1. #1
    “– Then, said Cranly, you do not intend to become a protestant?
    – I said that I had lost the faith, Stephen answered, but not that I had lost self-respect. What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?”
  2. #2
    “The man of education will seek exactness do far in each subject as the nature of the thing admits, it being plainly much the same absurdity to put up with a mathematician who tries to persuade without proving, and to demand strict demonstrative reasoning of a Rhetorician.”
  3. #3
    “I know it’s an absurd situation, but we’re all involved in it, and we’ve got to accept it as it is.”
  4. #4
    “Martha: Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf…
    Honey: Oh, wasn’t that funny? That was so funny.”
  5. #5
    ″‘What a curious helmet you’ve got!’ she said cheerfully. ‘Is that your invention too?’
    The Knight looked down proudly at his helmet, which hung from the saddle. ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘but I’ve invented a better one than that – like a sugar loaf. When I used to wear it, if I fell off the horse, it always touched the ground directly. So I had a very little way to fall, you see – But there was the danger of falling into it, to be sure. That happened to me once – and the worst of it was, before I could get out again, the other White Knight came and put it on. He thought it was his own helmet.‘”
  6. #6
    ″‘I meant by ‘impenetrability’ that we’ve had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you’d mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don’t mean to stop here all the rest of your life.′
    ‘That’s a great deal to make one word mean,’ Alice said in a thoughtful tone.”
  7. #7
    “The Knight looked surprised at the question. ‘What does it matter where my body happens to be?” he said. “My mind goes on working all the same.‘”
  1. #8
    ″‘You couldn’t have it if you did want it,’ the Queen said. ‘The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.’
    ‘It must come sometimes to ‘jam to-day,″ Alice objected.
    ‘No, it can’t,’ said the Queen. ‘It’s jam every other day: to-day isn’t any other day, you know.‘”
  2. #9
    “The Red Queen shook her head. ‘You may call it ‘nonsense’ if you like,′ she said, ‘but I’ve heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!‘”
  3. #10
    ″‘Well, in our country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else – if you ran very fast for a long time as we’ve been doing.’
    ‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!‘”
  4. #11
    ″‘I wonder, now, what the Rules of Battle are,’ she said to herself, as she watched the fight, timidly peeping out from her hiding-place. ‘One Rule seems to be, that if one Knight hits the other, he knocks him off his horse; and, if he misses, he tumbles off himself – and another Rule seems to be that they hold their clubs with their arms, as if they were Punch and Judy – What a noise they make when they tumble! Just like a whole set of fire-irons falling into the fender! And how quiet the horses are! They let them get on and off them just as if they were tables!‘”
  5. #12
    “Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island”
  6. #13
    “‘Magwitch, you can’t let what other people say affect you so much.’ I know this isn’t helpful, but my father says it all the time and it’s the only thing I can think of at the moment.
    ‘How am I supposed to do that?’
    ‘By looking at everyone like they’re a big joke. Come on, Mags. You know high school is absurd. In less than a year we’ll be out of here and we’ll never have to see any of these people ever again.’”
  7. #14
    “What, in fact, is the absurd man? He who, without negating it, does nothing for the eternal. Not that nostalgia is foreign to him. But he prefers his courage and his reasoning.”
  8. #15
    “There is no sun without the shadow, and it is essential to know the night. The absurd man says yes and his efforts will henceforth be unceasing.”

Books by Lewis Carroll

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Alice in Wonderland book
Lewis Carroll, Joe Rhatigan, Charles Nurnberg, Eric Puybaret
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book
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Alice and Wonderland book
Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book
Lewis Carroll, Robert Ingpen
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The Hunting of the Snark book
Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell
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Jabberwocky book
Lewis Carroll, Christopher Myers
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