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Wise Quotes about Absurd

May you find great value in these Absurd quotes and sayings.

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

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology

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

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

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


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The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley

It is not my place to doubt the sincere beliefs of others.
My job is to question my own beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

 

Doubt is the vestibule which we all must pass through
before we can enter the temple of truth.
- Osho

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

When in doubt, do it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination,
which the steadfast heart will conquer,
and the large mind will transcend.
- Helen Keller

My life is for living, not for worry or doubt,
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I no doubt deserved my enemies,
but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
- Walt Whitman

Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay.
If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
- Henry David Thoreau

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

There is no doubt that life can be a bumpy ride.
But so were those roller coasters you loved as a kid.
Savor the adventure.
Find excitement in the uncertainty and the constant change.
Even let a touch of fear add spice to your life -
as you did on that roller coaster.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.
Doubt separates people.
It is a poison that disintegrates
friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.
It is a thorn that irritates and hurts;
it is a sword that kills.
- The Buddha

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,
than to speak and remove all doubt.
- sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, or Samuel Johnson

I don't doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God.
It's religion I'm doubting.
- Bono

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid,
and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
- Henry David Thoreau

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
the stream always wins -
not through strength but by perseverance.
- The Buddha

It is health that is real wealth,
and not pieces of gold and silver.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now
a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
- Zhuangzi

The world you see has nothing to do with reality.
It is of your own making and does not exist.
- A Course In Miracles

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau


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