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

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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.


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

"To lead the people, walk behind them."

"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.

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.

Praise For…

“As addictive as a bowl of peanuts--you can’t stop after just one paradox from Oxymoronica!” — A. Ross Eckler, author of Making the Alphabet Dance

“Truly the most comprehensible collection of contradictions around.” — Erin McKean, Editor of Verbatim: The Language Quarterly

Promises to engage you for long moments -- or short hours -- in its paradoxical simplicity. — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060536992
ISBN-10: 0060536993
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2004
Pages: 256
Language: English