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Sunday, December 13, 2015


I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems. ~Wisława Szymborska

"Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one."  ~Voltaire


Like most children he prefers sameness, routine, consistency. This, too, I understand. Repetition is the essence of meaning. Without it we are lost. But taken to its extreme, a love of system becomes absurd.  
 ~Siri Hustvedt, from "Franklin Pangborn: An Apologia," an essay in A Plea for Eros


Wherever we go, there seems to be only one business at hand—that of finding workable compromises between the sublimity of our ideas and the absurdity of the fact of us. 
~Annie Dillard, in Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters


They have a proverb: Absurdity
is marvelous, but you get hungry an hour later.

I reply But that is what it is for.

~from James Richardson's The Encyclopedia of the Stones: a Pastoral      


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