The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be. But as it nevertheless intends all the time to be something dignified, at the next moment it corrects and checks and tries to cover up the absurd thing it was; […]
Credo quia absurdum est (I believe because it is absurd). And the Son of God died, which is immediately credible because it is absurd. And buried he rose again, which is certain because it is impossible.
Every absurdity has a champion who will defend it.
In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.
There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it.
A great many things have been pronounced untrue and absurd, and even impossible, by the highest authorities in the age in which they lived, which have afterwards, and, indeed, within a very short period, been found to be both possible and true.
Life is a jest, and all things show it, I thought so once, and now I know it.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost nothing.