A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.
A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense
and no heart.
A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.
A man may debar nonsense from his library of reason, but not from the
arena of his impulses.
Anything that's strange is no good to the average American. If it
doesn't have Chicago plumbing, it's nonsense.
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.
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.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think
they talk sense.
I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's
deep enough. What do you want- an adorable pancreas?
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd
never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be
cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the
time and build your wings on the way down.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to
put out on the troubled seas of thought.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
It is amazing that when someone else spouts the nonsense you yourself
believe you can readily perceive it as nonsense.
-Philip K. Dick
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would
make no sense. It would be a description without meaning- as if you
described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
No sense in being pessimistic. It won't work, anyway.
No sense makes sense.
Of course, Behaviorism 'works.' So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense,
down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical
appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian
Creed in public.
People who feel the need to tell you that they have an excellent sense
of humor are telling you that they have no sense of humor.
Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other sins are
-Robert A. Heinlein
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which
deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application
of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious
forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the
character of our free institutions- those institutions we proudly called
the American way of life.
The avant-garde is to the left what jingoism is to the right. Both are a
refuge in nonsense.
The future depends on assumptions and assumptions are just stuff you
make up. No sense in knocking yourself out.
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not
between right and wrong.
There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the
vast majority by adequate governmental action.
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make
a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're
-John von Neumann
They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is
nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the
sick bay or the graveyard.
This is the sort of pedantic nonsense up with which I shall not put.
Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of
While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condemn all metaphysics as
nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of
the community into a moral absolute.
-Daniel J. Boorstin
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