Quotes: nonsense

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  • Anthony Hecht
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    A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery; and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    Facts are ventriloquists dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
  • Charles Lamb
    Charles Lamb
    English essayist 1775-1834
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    'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel Butler
    English poet 1612-1680
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    All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
  • David Bailey
    David Bailey
    English fashion and portrait 1938-
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    All that Swinging Sixties nonsense, we all thought it was passé at the time.
  • Edgar W. Howe
    Edgar W. Howe
    American journalist and writer 1853-1937
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    American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense.
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin Disraeli
    English statesman and writer 1804-1881
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    Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
  • William Pitt
    William Pitt
    British statesman 1759-1806
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    Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense. Can he talk nonsense?
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille Paglia
    American academic and social critic 1947-
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    For a decade, feminists have drilled their disciples to say, Rape is a crime of violence but not of sex. This sugar-coated Shirley Temple nonsense has exposed young women to disaster. Misled by feminism, they do not expect rape from the nice boys from good homes who sit next to them in class.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
  • Robert Frost
    Robert Frost
    American poet 1874-1963
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    Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    Phyllis Mcginley
    American poet and author 1905-1978
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    Frigidity is largely nonsense. It is this generation's catchword, one only vaguely understood and constantly misused. Frigid women are few. There is a host of diffident and slow-ripening ones.
  • William Somerset Maugham
    William Somerset Maugham
    English writer 1874-1965
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    From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
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