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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.For example: "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 costs to look this cheap."--Dolly PartonFor 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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Adult/High School-Grothe is an inveterate collector of words and phrases. He is especially fond of paradoxical sayings, "ideas stood on their heads." He has been gathering such seemingly contradictory quotations as Carrie Fisher's "Instant gratification takes too long" or Yogi Berra's pithy "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" for years. For him, these sayings are like oxymorons but with more depth. Thus, he coined the term, "Oxymoronica, n.; A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true." This book is an assemblage of his collection divided into 14 chapters ranging widely in subject and author from wit and wisdom through love and sex to insults, written by Ovid through Oscar Wilde to George W. Bush, with many thought-provoking stops in between. The collection can be dipped into frequently and offers much to think about upon first, second, or third readings. It will be useful for public speakers, debate classes, English assignments, and essays. There is an index of authors and broad topics, though finding a specific quote might prove challenging. There's even a Web site to submit new ideas or to join a discussion with like-minded devotees. The whole collection might be summed up by Berra, "I didn't say everything I said." Lots of fun and much to ponder.-Susan H. Woodcock, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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

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