Quotations About / On: IRONY

  • 1.
    Irony dissolves sentiment, but occasionally a sentiment is strong enough to dissolve irony.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 2.
    Irony is a subtle means by which truth is set forth and brought to light.
    (Walterrean Salley February 2007)
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  • 3.
    'The justice of irony is the paradox of afterthought.'
    (- Alexej Savreux)
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  • 4.
    Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 5.
    The ironies in the commonplace are my inspiration and delight.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 6.
    Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "Riddles Out of Solutions," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 6 (1909).)
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  • 7.
    By multiplying ironies, I evade commitments.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 8.
    Irony in writing is a technique for increasing reader self- approval.
    (Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 6 (1979).)
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  • 9.
    Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 69 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 10.
    Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does.
    (Paul Horgan (b. 1903), U.S. author, educator. Approaches to Writing, no. 398, Farrar (1973).)
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