— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
Letter to Louis Untermeyer (8 July 1915)
„You are hurrying to the sweet place, to the nonsense chasing your spirit and in the nonsense you look for answers.“
— Dejan Stojanovic, livro Circling: 1978-1987
“The Circle,” p. 39
Circling: 1978-1987 (1993), Sequence: “A Conversations with Atoms”
„That which has no existence cannot be destroyed — that which cannot be destroyed cannot require anything to preserve it from destruction. Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense — nonsense upon stilts.“
— Jeremy Bentham British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer 1748 - 1832
A Critical Examination of the Declaration of Rights
Anarchical Fallacies (1843)
Contexto: That which has no existence cannot be destroyed — that which cannot be destroyed cannot require anything to preserve it from destruction. Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense — nonsense upon stilts. But this rhetorical nonsense ends in the old strain of mischievous nonsense for immediately a list of these pretended natural rights is given, and those are so expressed as to present to view legal rights. And of these rights, whatever they are, there is not, it seems, any one of which any government can, upon any occasion whatever, abrogate the smallest particle.
„Don't for heaven's sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Fonte: Culture and Value (1980), p. 56e
„To have breakthroughs, you must have confidence in nonsense, okay? That's why only weird guys tend to have the breakthroughs: a sensible person won't have a breakthrough 'cause he writes it off real quickly as nonsense and, therefore, he doesn't ever do something that's nonsense.“
— Burt Rutan American aerospace engineer 1943
"Inside the New Space Race," Space's Deepest Secrets (S2E17, first aired 5 September 2017, 9:07:01–9:07:19 PM EST).
— Esperanza Aguirre Spanish politician 1952
Fonte: 'Norte de Castilla' Diary http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/rc/20110427/mas-actualidad/espana/aguirre-lista-gente-esta-201104271201.html, April 27th 2011.
— Charles Lamb English essayist 1775 - 1834
Fonte: The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb
„Teach her that the idea of 'gender roles' is absolute nonsense. Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl.
'Because you are a girl' is never reason for anything.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nigerian writer 1977
Fonte: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
„That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of nonsense.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
9 May 1830
Table Talk (1821–1834)
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Fonte: The Demon-Haunted World : Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995), Ch. 17 : The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder
Contexto: At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes - an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive, and the most ruthlessly skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. The collective enterprise of creative thinking and skeptical thinking, working together, keeps the field on track. Those two seemingly contradictory attitudes are, though, in some tension.
— Cassandra Clare, livro Anjo Mecânico
Fonte: Clockwork Angel
„There's something in my eye. Bloodshot in disguise. God knows I really tried. Making the big time. Aiming to climb high.“
— Ed Harcourt British musician 1977
Something In My Eye
— Joan Slonczewski, livro A Door into Ocean
Part 3, Chapter 3 (p. 128)
A Door into Ocean (1986)
„I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious."
"Oh, that's nonsense, Algy. You never talk anything but nonsense."
"Nobody ever does.“
— Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Fonte: The Importance of Being Earnest
„Any bit of nonsense can be computerized—astrology, biorhythms, the I Ching—but that doesn’t make the nonsense any more valid.“
— John Allen Paulos American mathematician 1945
Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 3, “Pseudoscience” (p. 68)
„Whatever it says in the bible the truth remains. You can read the bible and dismiss it as nonsense if you like; you can dismiss it as nonsense without reading it to save time if you prefer.“
— Simon Munnery British comedian 1967
Attention Scum! (2001), How To Live (2005)
„There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Child Psychology and Nonsense (15 October 1921)