Illusion / Woodenheadedness / Absurdity:
The following quotes
illustrate the topic's ambiguity. Use these to establish the scope of your
topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing
opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.
nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some
philosopher." Oliver Goldsmith
privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man
only." Thomas Hobbes
"It is the
height of absurdity to sow little but weeds in the first half of one's lifetime
and expect to harvest a valuable crop in the second half."
politics, an absurdity is not a handicap." Napoleon
absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot
resemble." Samuel Johnson
intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost
nothing." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion
if we want to be happy." Cyril Connolly
respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull."
"The task of
the real intellectual consists of analyzing illusions in order to discover their
causes." Arthur Miller
with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased
to live." Mark Twain
person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action."
Arendt, Hannah. On Violence. San Diego, CA:
"It is far
harder to kill a phantom than a reality." Virginia Woolf
_ _ _ The Life of the Mind. New York: Harcourt, Brace,
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies.
Lewis, David. W. E. B. DuBois: Biography of a Race.
New York: Henry, Holt,
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New
American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.