Quotes About Nonsense

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Lewis Carroll
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Charles Lamb
“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
Charles Lamb, The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb

Lewis Carroll
“Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Oscar Wilde
“I love to talk about nothing. It's the only thing I know anything about.”
Oscar Wilde

Steven Wright
“I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time" so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.”
Steven Wright

Lewis Carroll
“Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.”
Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition

Kurt Vonnegut
“in nonsense is strength”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Don't for heaven's sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Lewis Carroll
“Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.”
Lewis Carroll

Graham Chapman
“We are no longer the knights who say Ni! We are now the knights who say ekki-ekki-ekki-pitang-zoom-boing!”
Graham Chapman, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book): Mønti Pythøn Ik Den Hølie Gräilen

Steve Martin
“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”
Steve Martin

Petronius Arbiter
“Can't you see that I'm only advising you to beg yourself not to be so dumb?”
Petronius Arbiter, The Satyricon

Shannon L. Alder
“If you have feelings for someone, let them know. It doesn’t matter if they can be in your life or not. Maybe, it is just enough for both of you to release the truth, so healing can occur. The opposite is true, as well. If you don’t have feelings for someone then never let another person suggest that you do. Protect your reputation and be responsible for the wrong information spread about you. Never allow anyone to live with a false belief or unfounded hope about you. An honorable person sets the record straight, so that person can move on with their life.”
Shannon L. Alder

Salvador Dalí
“Beauty should be edible, or not at all.”
Salvador Dalí

Gary Zukav
“Nonsense is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns which we have superimposed on reality...Nonsense is nonsense only when we have not yet found that point of view from which it makes sense.”
Gary Zukav

Lewis Carroll
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”
Lewis Carroll

Norton Juster
“Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

John C. Lennox
“Nonsense remains nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.”
John C. Lennox

Norton Juster
“If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

L.M. Montgomery
“That doesn't sound very attractive," laughed Anne. "I like people to have a little nonsense about them.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

Toba Beta
“If you say that you'd never hurt anybody,
you're lack of emphaty and full of bullshit.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Peter Cameron
“One man’s nonsense is another man’s sense.”
Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Libba Bray
“Board the cows! We've come to enslave your marigolds. ”
Libba Bray, Going Bovine

David Hume
“Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of hobgoblins or fairies, and canvass particularly the evidence? I never knew anyone, that examined and deliberated about nonsense who did not believe it before the end of his enquiries.”
David Hume, Letters of David Hume 2 vols

Criss Jami
“Even if there are instances in which it can be mistook by onlookers, never fool yourself into using misunderstood genius as an excuse to be a fool.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Thomas Henry Huxley
“It was badly received by the generation to which it was first addressed, and the outpouring of angry nonsense to which it gave rise is sad to think upon. But the present generation will probably behave just as badly if another Darwin should arise, and inflict upon them that which the generality of mankind most hate—the necessity of revising their convictions. Let them, then, be charitable to us ancients; and if they behave no better than the men of my day to some new benefactor, let them recollect that, after all, our wrath did not come to much, and vented itself chiefly in the bad language of sanctimonious scolds. Let them as speedily perform a strategic right-about-face, and follow the truth wherever it leads.”
Thomas Henry Huxley

Umberto Eco
“Well, Diotallevi and I are planning a reform in higher education. A School of Comparative Irrelevance, where useless or impossibe courses are given. The school's aim is to turn out scholars capable of endlessly increasing the number of unnecessary subjects.”
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

C.S. Lewis
“How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask-half our great theological and metaphysical problems-are like that.”
C.S. Lewis

Kathryn Lasky
“Otulissa swelled up to twice her normal size. 'Well, SPRINK ON YOUR SPRONK!”
Kathryn Lasky, The Siege

Christopher Paolini
“I took a bunch of pictures. You can see 'em on my MySpace page, along with my favorite songs and movies and things that other people have created but that I use to express my individualism.”
Christopher Paolini, Origins: The Art of John Jude Palencar

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