Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths
By Mardy Grothe
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780060536992, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 2004
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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."
"To lead the people, walk behind them."
"You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap."
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.
Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultant, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous word-and-language books: I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, Viva la Repartee, Oxymoronica, Ifferisms, and Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You. A lifelong quotation collector, Dr. Mardyas he is known to his fans around the globeis routinely described as a "quotation maven" and is well on his way to becoming America's most popular quotation anthologist. He lives with his wife, Katherine Robinson, in North Carolina.
“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
Promises to engage you for long moments -- or short hours -- in its paradoxical simplicity.
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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