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Quotes About Absolutes

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Alice Sebold
“Nothing is ever certain.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

J.D. Salinger
“It's partly true, too, but it isn't all true. People always think something's all true.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Josephine Angelini
“Never say never,” he said urgently, rolling back on top of her and using all of his unusually heavy mass to press her deep into the cocoon of her little girl bed. “The gods love to toy with people who use absolutes.”
Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

Pedro Calderón de la Barca
“In this treacherous world
Nothing is the truth nor a lie.
Everything depends on the color
Of the crystal through which one sees it”
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Criss Jami
“I would rather have strong enemies than a world of passive individualists. In a world of passive individualists nothing seems worth anything simply because nobody stands for anything. That world has no convictions, no victories, no unions, no heroism, no absolutes, no heartbeat. That world has rigor mortis.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Harry Crews
“I think all of us are looking for that which does not admit of bullshit . . . If you tell me you can bench press 450, hell, we'll load up the bar and put you under it. Either you can do it or you can't do it—you can't bullshit. Ultimately, sports are just about as close to what one would call the truth as it is possible to get in this world.”
Harry Crews, Getting Naked with Harry Crews: Interviews

Criss Jami
“Beware: open-mindedness will often say, 'Everything is permissible except a sharp opinion.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Julian Barnes
“Pride makes us long for a solution to things – a solution, a purpose, a final cause; but the better telescopes become, the more stars appear.”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

Bruce Sterling
“(He) mourned mankind, and the blindness of men, who thought that the Kosmos had rules and limits that would shelter them from their own freedom. There were no shelters. There were no final purposes. Futility, and freedom, were Absolute”
Bruce Sterling, Schismatrix

Allen Ginsberg
“Absolutes are Coercion.
Change is absolute.”
Allen Ginsberg, Cosmopolitan Greetings

Théophile Gautier
“The public, which has been wrong before and is wrong now, can accept only demons and angels on the stage”
Théophile Gautier

“Morality—like velocity—is relative. The determination of it depends on what the objects around you are doing. All one can do is measure one's position in relation to them; never can one measure one's velocity or morality in terms of absolutes.”
David Gerrold, Star Hunt

Ayn Rand
“Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter’s stomach, is an absolute.”
Ayn Rand, The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z

Alfred de Vigny
“We have also set up for them an edifying project for a continuous mitigation of their own tyranny, ascribing to them an unshakeable faith in the triumph of virtue, as well as in the moral justification of their crimes. These are the theories of well-meaning children who see everything in black or white, dream of nothing but angels or demons, and have no idea of the incredible number of hypocritical masks of every color and shape and size which men use to conceal their features when they have passed the age of devotion to ideals and have abandoned themselves unrestrainedly to their egotistic desires”
Alfred de Vigny, Stello

“Questions of absolute good and evil are much better not opened to public debate these days, when so few people are sure of their absolutes”
Sidney Howard

Francis A. Schaeffer
“In passing we should note this curious mark of our age: The only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute”
Francis A. Schaeffer

Augustine of Hippo
“True inner righteousness does not judge according to custom but by the measure of the most perfect law of God Almighty by which the mores of various places and times were adapted to those places and times.”
Augustine of Hippo

Gary   Hopkins
“Historically speaking, just about everything we know to be ‘absolute’ will eventually change due to ‘new findings’.”
Gary Hopkins

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