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Wise Quotes about Nonsense

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

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense,
and have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb

The pendulum of the mind alternates
between sense and nonsense,
not between right and wrong.
- Carl Jung

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off
with falsehoods and nonsense,
when their growing powers of observation and discrimination
excite in them a desire to know about things.
- Anne Sullivan

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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,
it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
- Dr. Seuss

I did not want to reject religion as nonsense because
life seemed to have no ultimate purpose without it,
and most of the good people I knew were Christians.
- Luke Ford

My father's parents were carpenters.
They were also builders partly.
They were painters.
And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense,
you know.
- Josef Albers

The evolution of sense is, in a sense,
the evolution of nonsense.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and
the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I look upon another's insistence on the merits of his or her life -
duties,
intellect, accomplishment - and see that most of it is nonsense.
- Harold Brodkey

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled.
If one is not to get into a rage sometimes,
what is the good of being friends?
- George Eliot

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses;
one misses more nonsense than sense.
- Horace Walpole

I begin to grow heartily tired of the etiquette and
nonsense so fashionable in this city.
- George Mason

It is simple nonsense to speak of the fixed tempo of
any particular vocal phrase.
Each voice has its peculiarities.
- Anton Seidl

That was the first time ever in history that anybody got Special Guest Star.
I started that whole nonsense.
- Jonathan Harris

The game has changed.
What's going on now is nonsense.
You have guys complaining about not being paid.
- David Wells

People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing;
I don't understand about that nonsense.
It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.
- Gerry Mulligan

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
- George Santayana

All philosophies, if you ride them home,
are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
- Samuel Butler

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
- Joseph Addison

The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific
idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense.
Nighttime is for sleeping.
- Benjamin Britten

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor
in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

If you're a preacher, you talk for a living,
so even if you don't make sense, you learn to make nonsense eloquently.
- Andrew Young

Sometimes I have wondered whether life wouldn't be
much more amusing if we were all devils,
and no nonsense about angels and being good.
- William Hurlbut

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense -
very far in excess of one-half of one per cent -
into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom

Hope unbelieved is always considered nonsense.
But hope believed is history in the process of being changed.
- Jim Wallis

They were saying computers deal with numbers.
This was absolutely nonsense.
Computers deal with arbitrary information of any kind.
- Ted Nelson

Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense;
everyone can talk sense.
Can he talk nonsense?
- William Pitt

There's a feeling that strength is determined by the size of a union.
That clearly is nonsense.
- Arthur Scargill

Common sense, in so far as it exists,
is all for the bourgeoisie.
Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy.
The worries of the world are for the common people.
- George Jean Nathan

I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense...
I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.
- Anthony Hopkins

Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense
to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
- Augustus Hare

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
- Roald Dahl

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not,
at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with
every weapon of communal stupidity.
- Robertson Davies

To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
- Gelett Burgess

I must say the idea of a United Africa was nonsense.
- C. L. R. James

It is nonsense to say that Germans are unable to change.
- Angela Merkel

Nonsense and beauty have close connections.
- E. M. Forster

The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense
than the pursuit of truth or goodness,
because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
- Northrop Frye

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being skin deep.
That's deep enough.
What do you want, an adorable pancreas?
- Jean Kerr

Always remember, money isn't everything -
but also remember to make a lot of it before talking such fool nonsense.
- Earl Wilson

A man can make himself put down what comes,
even if it seems nauseating nonsense;
tomorrow some of it may not seem wholly nonsense at all.
- F. L. Lucas

To say, that Capt.
Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey,
is nonsense.
- Gerrit Smith

Heroism on command, senseless violence,
and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -
how passionately I hate them!
- Albert Einstein

People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense.
- Tracy Kidder

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning,
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

You were there all day long, 12 hours a day.
So there was none of this, 'I'm going back to my trailer,
my trailer's bigger than your trailer,'
that kind of Hollywood nonsense.
- John C. Reilly

Usually the nonsense liberals spout is kind of cute,
but in wartime their instinctive idiocy is life-threatening.
- Ann Coulter

Movies are movies, and I don't think any of them are
going to hurt the moral fiber of America and all that nonsense.
- Richard Pryor

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense
of those that think they talk sense.
- Robert Frost

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion,
by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
- Carl Sagan

They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty,
which is nonsense since it implies that in times of
peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.
- Alexander Cockburn

Buddhas don't practice nonsense.
- Bodhidharma

I wrote the tunes and sang only nonsense words.
Then came Moore and dressed them with the lyrics.
- Rick Wright

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily,
I should think.
All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
- C. S. Lewis

In a society in which equality is a fact,
not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault
and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.
- Catharine MacKinnon

Sometimes the world seems like a big hole.
You spend all your life shouting down it and all you
hear are echoes of some idiot yelling nonsense down a hole.
- Adam Duritz

I don't try to intimidate anybody before a fight.
That's nonsense.
I intimidate people by hitting them.
- Mike Tyson

Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense
about things that matter.
- Max Beerbohm

He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
- John McCarthy

The way I see it is that all the ol' guff about being
Irish is a kind of nonsense.
I mean, I couldn't be anything else no matter what I tried to be.
I couldn't be Chinese or Japanese.
- John McGahern

On the other hand, all kinds of adventurous schemes
to add security checkpoints to subway and bus systems
have been circulating since the London attacks.
This is nonsense.
No one can guaranty 100 percent security.
- Otto Schily

They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force,
and their submission is wisdom; but for a nation like
England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses
to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense.
- George Combe

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense.
Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but,
we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation,
where's the harm? September 11th changed all that.
- Richard Dawkins

Miss Rice talks very tough.
We have gotten used to this nonsense.
Miss Rice is a bit emotional about this,
and we predicted that she would have a more emotional approach to this.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

It is, I claim, nonsense to say that it does not matter
which individual man acted as the nucleus for the change.
It is precisely this that makes history unpredictable into the future.
- Gregory Bateson

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair.
We'd never have a friendship.
We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical.
Well, that's nonsense.
You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build
your wings on the way down.
- Ray Bradbury


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