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The absurd depends as much on man as on the world. For the moment, it is all that links them together.

Albert Camus

The absurd is a shadow cast over everything we do and even if we try to live life as if it has meaning as if there are reasons for doing things the absurd will linger in the back of our minds as a nagging doubt that perhaps there is no point.

Albert Camus

The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.

Albert Camus

The world in which we were called to exist was an absurd world, and there was no other in which we could take refuge.

Albert Camus

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.

Anatole France

How absurd human beings are and how magnificent.

Benjamin Zander

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.

Bertrand Russell

It is absurd to look for perfection.

Camille Pissarro

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice.

Clarence Darrow

Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.

Elizabeth Goudge

Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is as absurd to say that a man can’t love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.

Honoré de Balzac

Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.

J. K. Rowling

The logic of the heart is absurd.

Jeanne Julie Eleonore de Lespinasse

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.

John Henry Newman

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.

Luc De Clapiers

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

Miguel de Cervantes

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde

It is absurd to say that the age of miracles is past. It has not yet begun.

Oscar Wilde

Life is tragic and absurd, and none of it has any purpose at all.

T. C. Boyle

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.

Thomas Edison

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


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed as truth if repeated often enough.

William James

There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.

William James

The idea that motherhood is inherently somehow a threat to creativity is just absurd.

Zadie Smith

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