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It is amazing that when someone else spouts the nonsense you yourself believe you can readily perceive it as nonsense.


How do you know that nonsense isn't a good thing? If human nonsense had been nurtured and developed for centuries, just as intelligence has, then perhaps something extraordinarily precious could have come from it.


A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.

ROALD DAHL, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Though we speak nonsense, God will pick out the meaning of it.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, American Note-Books, Sep. 1836

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.

HORACE WALPOLE, Horace Walpole's Miscellany

A man may debar nonsense from his library of reason, but not from the arena of his impulses.

REX STOUT, The League of Frightened Men

To die for faction is a common evil,
But to be hanged for nonsense is the devil.

JOHN DRYDEN, Abaslom and Achitophel

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, Child Psychology and Nonsense

The avant-garde is to the left what jingoism is to the right. Both are a refuge in nonsense.

DAVID MAMET, Three Uses of the Knife


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