Wednesday, May 14, 2008

TT #9 Thirteen Oxymorons



One of my favorite little bedside books is Dr. Mardy Grothe's Oxymoronica (2004). He defines oxymoronica as "any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often profoundly true." So today I am listing thirteen oxymorons from his book. (I'll be away beginning tomorrow through Sunday for a weekend trip---please be patient with my delayed visits.)


  1. I hate intolerant people. (Gloria Steinem)

  2. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

  3. I love mankind---it's people I can't stand. (Charles M. Schultz)

  4. Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. (Carl Jung)

  5. How is it possible to have a civil war? (George Carlin)

  6. It's not that I am afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. (Woody Allen)

  7. There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. (George Orwell)

  8. Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

  9. Scratch a lover and find a foe. (Dorothy Parker)

  10. A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it. (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

  11. The child is father of the man. (William Wordsworth)

  12. Their very silence is a loud cry. (Cicero)

  13. No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. (Sam Rayburn)

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22 comments:

Chelle Y. said...

I think I have said #1 before too. Opps! :)

http://www.chelleyoung.com/index.php/archive/thursday-thirteen-109-thirteen-things-wonderful-things-about-being-a-mom/

Lori said...

Plenty of zingers on this list! In particular, I like Twain's and Cicero's. Good stuff.

pussreboots said...

Funny list of quotes. Thanks for stopping by. Happy TT.

Sue said...

These are great! Especially #2 :)

Happy TT and thanks for stopping by!

SandyCarlson said...

I'm keeping 3 and 4. I love Schultz and I'm not surprised. I'm so off shrinks that all I can do is nod at 4!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Those are great. Some good food for thought, too.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll have fun with Win a Book.

Teena said...

Great quotes!

Thanks for visiting me :)

Lori said...

LOL...great list. Happy TT.

Slender Octopus said...

I LOVE YOUR LIST...thats a fabulous idea.

anthonynorth said...

Loved them! Wasn't it Gabor who, when asked 'how many husbands have you had', asked: 'Including my own?'

Hailey's Mommy said...

Love #6. Very Funny!! Great list. Happy TT.

Anonymous said...

#6 is my favorite.
Great List

B Boys Mom said...

Very interesting! Loved your TT and have a happy TT.

Bethanie said...

Twain is my hero! Neat list and Happy TT!!

Laura said...

Those are REALLY good...I love oxymorons!

and... I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)...the very reason so many people homeschool! LOVE IT!!

Great list!

Kay said...

I love this list!
I stopped by because my name is Kay, too.

Brenda ND said...

What a great idea for a TT! I want to read, "Oxymoronica."

imadramamama said...

Some of those are downright funny!

Ornery's Wife said...

Number 13 is my favorite of these. Thanks for visiting Miller Manor!
TM

The Gal Herself said...

I love #8. So sweet, sad and probably true. (A true oxymoron -- is that an oxymoron?) Thanks for visiting my TT.

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the teach said...

Great quotes! Thanks for them! :D