A must-have for language lovers, this compendium contains hundreds of mind-stretching observations that are contradictory or illogical on one level, yet true, witty, and often profound on another.
ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are profoundly true.
"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad."
"To lead the people, walk behind them."
"You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap."
For over a decade Dr. Mardy Grothe has delighted readers with this collection of 1,400 of the most provocative quotations of all time. From ancient thinkers like Confucius, Aristotle and Saint Augustine, to great writers like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and G. B. Shaw, to modern social observers like Woody Allen and Lily Tomlin, Oxymoronica celebrates the power and beauty of paradoxical thinking. All areas of human activity are explored, including love, sex, romance, politics, the arts, marriage and family, and, of course, the literary life. Sure to grab the attention of language lovers everywhere, the wise and witty observations in this book are as entertaining as they are intellectually nourishing.
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About the Author
Dr. Mardy Grothe is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six books on words and language; the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations; and one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.
Table of Contents
Foreword Richard Lederer ix
An Introduction to Oxymoronica 1
Chapter 1 Oxymoronic Wit & Humor 17
Chapter 2 The Human Condition 36
Chapter 3 Sex, Love, & Romance 58
Chapter 4 Marriage, Home, & Family Life 76
Chapter 5 Ancient Oxymoronica 92
Chapter 6 Political Oxymoronica 107
Chapter 7 Oxymoronica on Stage & Screen 128
Chapter 8 Artistic Oxymoronica 141
Chapter 9 Oxymoronic Insults (and a Few Compliments) 152
Chapter 10 Oxymoronic Advice 165
Chapter 11 Descriptive Oxymoronica 178
Chapter 12 The Literary Life 193
Chapter 13 Oxymoronic Insights from World Literature 206
Chapter 14 Inadvertent Oxymoronica 225
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is filled with quotations from many sources, and gives endless reading pleasure... I gave this book to 3 friends and relatives for Christmas, and they were received with much appreciation!
I am speechless, so I will just say what is on my mind. What a read. Full of humor and great intellect as well. This book will give the reader hundreds of witty one liners, that are sure to create a smile or a perplexed look anywhere they choose. I doubt that I ever doubted, that this book would be a good read from start to finish.
Such a great book!! I know the definition of oxymoron, I've seen some of the more familiar ones, but I've never seen anything like this book! It is, at the same time, hilarious and deeply inspirational, touching on such serious topics as death, love, human needs, and sex, while somehow keeping a lighthearted view around the quotes. A book absolutely FILLED with those kinds of phrases that really make you stop and think, this is very definitely not something to read straight-through. This is something to ponder, to sit and think about, maybe even discuss with a friend.
My brother gave me this when he was cleaning. It was a gift from a good friend of his and he let me keep it. I was happy I did! Great when you need something intelligent to keep the stupid away.