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Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmithsby Mardy Grothe
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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 coststo 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.
"Potentially useful to public speakers and certainly bound to amuse word mavens, Grothe's collection is good clean fun — with a bit of an edge..." Publishers Weekly
A "must have" for language lovers, this is a compilation of some of the most contradictory yet profound observations through history.
About the Author
Mardy Grothe, Ph.D., is a psychologist, marriage counselor, management consultant, and platform speaker. The author of Oxymoronica and Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You, he has been interviewed extensively on radio and television on topics from problem bosses to the art of the insult. He lives in Raleigh, NC.
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