Read our short collection of quotes about absurdity from Samuel Johnson, Thomas Hobbes and Albert Camus.

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Joseph Addison

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.

Albert Camus

Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.

Julio Cortazar

If you’re going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can’t be politically correct when you do that.

John Cusack

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.

Oliver Goldsmith

Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.

Vaclav Havel

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood.

Alexander Herzen

The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.

Thomas Hobbes

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.

Samuel Johnson

No amount of manifest absurdity… could deter those who wanted to believe from believing.

Bernard Levin

Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.

Claude Levi-Strauss

The concept of absurdity is something I’m attracted to.

David Lynch

There’s so much absurdity. Poverty is so absurd.

Frank McCourt

The proposition that we should encourage wickedness and violence by exposing one side of the face to blows because we have been beaten on the other is too great an absurdity.

Thomas Mellon

A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity, it is an occupational risk.

Oswald Mosley

Annihilation is an absurdity in terms.

Bernard Palissy

To reduce this claim of slavery to an absurdity, it is only necessary to add that there are only two states in which slaves are a majority, and not one in which the slaveholders are not a very disproportionate minority.

William H. Seward

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