Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

by Mardy Grothe
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Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths by Mardy Grothe

ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often profoundly true. See also oxymoron, paradox.

examples:

"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad."
Victor Hugo

"To lead the people, walk behind them."
Lao-tzu

"You'd be surprised how much it coststo look this cheap."
Dolly Parton

You won't find the word "oxymoronica" in any dictionary (at least not yet) because Dr. Mardy Grothe introduces it to readers in this delightful 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 and romance, politics, the arts, the literary life, and, of course, marriage and family life. The wise and witty observations in this book are as highly entertaining as they are intellectually nourishing and are sure to grab the attention of language lovers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061978333
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 776 KB

About the Author

DR. MARDY GROTHE is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six “word and language” books, including Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee; and the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Dr. Mardy—as his many fans worldwide know him—is one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.

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Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Booklover88SH More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.