For an idea which, at first, does not seem absurd, there is no hope.
To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.
I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.
Humans are creatures, who spent their lifes trying to convince themselves, that their existence is not absurd.
When I look back on my life nowadays, which I sometimes do, what strikes me most forcibly about it is that what seemed at the time most significant and seductive, seems now most futile and absurd. For instance, success in all of its various guises; being known and being praised; ostensible pleasures, like acquiring money or seducing women, or traveling, going to and fro in the world and up and down in it like Satan, exploring and experiencing whatever Vanity Fair has to offer. In retrospect all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called “licking the earth.
Witchcraft is one of the most baseless, absurd, disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.
P. T. Barnum
What is more absurd and more impious than to attribute the name of Lucifer to the devil, that is, to personified evil. The intellectual Lucifer is the spirit of intelligence and love; it is the paraclete, it is the Holy Spirit, while the physical Lucifer is the great agent of universal magnetism.
There obviously are a hell of a lot of people that love Lady Gaga. But to me, she's been the theatre of the absurd. And the more absurd it is, the bigger she got.
I think what human beings need is to be able to laugh at the absurd, hold on to ambiguity, and learn to love nuance, instead of making everything one or the other, and structurally, so much of the Internet and online publishing doesn't have room for any of that.
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.
M. C. Escher
Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
Life is tragic and absurd, and none of it has any purpose at all.
T. C. Boyle