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A Quote by John Dryden on kindness and nonsense

Made still a blund'ring kind of melody; Spurr'd boldly on, and dashed through thick and thin, Through sense and nonsense, never out nor in.

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

Source: Absalom and Achitophel

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A Quote by John Adams on common sense, constitution, danger, delusion, ideas, laws, men, mind, mortality, mystery, nature, nonsense, reason, rest, and society

They (the Puritans) saw clearly that of all the nonsense and delusion which had ever passed through the mind of man, none had ever been more extravagant than the notions of absolutions, indelible characters, uninterrupted successions, and the rest of those fantastical ideas, derived from the canon law, which had thrown such a glare of mystery, sanctity, reverence, and right reverend eminence and holiness around the idea of a priest as no mortal could deserve, and as always must, from the constitution of human nature, be dangerous to society. For this reason they demolished the whole system of diocesan episcopacy, and, deriding, as all reasonable and impartial men must do, the ridiculous fancies of sanctified effluvia from Episcopal fingers, they established sacerdotal ordination on the foundation of the Bible and common sense.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by Jean Kerr on beauty and nonsense

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want - an adorable pancreas?

Jean Kerr

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A Quote by Jane Austen on existence, frustration, nonsense, people, senses, sister, and stupidity

In a letter from Bath to her sister, Cassandra, one senses her frustration at her sheltered existence, Tuesday, 12 May 1801. Another stupid party . . . with six people to look on, and talk nonsense to each other.

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

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A Quote by Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis on laughter, meetings, nonsense, and wit

Sometimes, though not often [in meetings of the Inklings], it would happen that no one had anything to read to us. On these occasions the fun would be riotous, with Jack at the top of his form and enjoying every minute - 'no sound delights me more', he once said, 'than male laughter'. At the Inklings his talk was an outpouring of wit, nonsense, whimsy, dialectical swordplay, and pungent judgement such as I have rarely heard equalled - no mere show put on for the occasion, either, since it was often quite as brilliant when he and I were alone together. . . . In his Preface to Essays Presented to Charles Williams, Jack gave a lively and moving account of what this circle meant to him.

Jack Lewis (1898 - 1963)

Source: Letters of C.S. Lewis, ed. with a memoir by W. H. Lewis, NY/London, HarcourtBraceJovanovich,1966

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A Quote by Hugo Demartini on incompetence, nonsense, people, stupidity, and traditions

People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity.

Hugo Demartini

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A Quote by Horace Walpole on nonsense and songs

A careless song, with a little nonsense in it now and then, does not misbecome a monarch.

Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

Source: Letter to Sir Horace Mann, 1774.

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on conservatism, conversation, debt, fiction, history, home, ideas, learning, life, literature, nonsense, opportunity, politics, purpose, retirement, science, present, thinking, and time

History has been kinder to Churchill than many of his contemporaries ever were. Some may be surprised to learn that the following luminary from the field of science-fiction had anything political to say at all: "Winston Churchill, the present would-be British Fuehrer, is a person with a range of ideas limited to the adventures and opportunities of British political life. He has never given evidence of thinking extensively, or of any scientific or literary capacity. . . . His ideology, picked up in the garrison life of India, on the reefs of South Africa, the maternal home and the conversation of wealthy Conservative households, is a pitiful jumble of incoherent nonsense. A boy scout is better equipped. He has served his purpose and it is high time he retired upon his laurels before we forget the debt we owe him. . . ."

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Tribune article, December 15, 1944

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A Quote by George Eliot on feeling, friendship, good, and nonsense

Rosamond has questioned Mary about her feelings for Mr. Lydgate. Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mary, to Rosamond, in Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 12 (1871).

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A Quote by Earl Wilson on money and nonsense

Always remember, money isn't everything - but also remember to make a lot of it before talking such fool nonsense.

Earl Wilson (1907 - 1987)

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