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That is we believed the supreme duty of the parent who only was permitted to claim in some degree the priestly office and function since it is his creative and protecting power which alone approaches the solemn function of Deity.

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That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.

In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.

Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world you must make that attempt. That's morality that's religion. That's art. That's life.

Reason is a supple nymph and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.

The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.

All I try to do is as earnestly and as acutely as I can conceive a character and try to portray this character just honestly. If the humor is within the absurdity and the awfulness of situations then let it be seen that way.

Absurdity is what I like most in life and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.

Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.

Therefore when I considered this carefully the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought.

Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience the poet like an acrobat climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.

All non-incumbent campaigns promise hope and change but Obama took the promise to a new level of absurdity. He suggested that a vote for him would literally transform the Earth.

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.