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No sense and nonsense
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Published Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Mar 21 2014


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A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.
-Francois Sagan

A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart.
-Fyodor Dostoevsky

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.
-Alfred Adler

A man may debar nonsense from his library of reason, but not from the arena of his impulses.
-Rex Stout

Anything that's strange is no good to the average American. If it doesn't have Chicago plumbing, it's nonsense.
-Ray Bradbury

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.
-Benjamin Disraeli

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.
-Robert Frost

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
-Edward Albee

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want- an adorable pancreas?
-Jean Kerr

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.
-Ray Bradbury

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.
-Albert Einstein

No sense in being pessimistic. It won't work, anyway.
-Unattributed

No sense makes sense.
-Charles Manson

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.
-W.H. Auden

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.
-Dave Barry

Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other sins are invented nonsense.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
-Carl Sagan

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.
-Douglas MacArthur

The avant-garde is to the left what jingoism is to the right. Both are a refuge in nonsense.
-David Mamet

The future depends on assumptions and assumptions are just stuff you make up. No sense in knocking yourself out.
-Scott Adams

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
-Carl Jung

There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
-Bertrand Russell

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.
-Robertson Davies

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.
-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.
-Alexander Cockburn

This is the sort of pedantic nonsense up with which I shall not put.
-Winston Churchill

Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.
-Thornton Wilder

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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