Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History’s Greatest Wordsmiths by Mardy Grothe

Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History’s Greatest Wordsmiths

Mardy Grothe
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A “must have” for language lovers, this is a compilation of some of the most contradictory yet profound observations through history.

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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. examples: “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 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.

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

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Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultan

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultan

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultan

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultant, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous wort, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous wort, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous wort, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous word-and-language books: “I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like”, “Vivd-and-language books: ”I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like“, ”Vivd-a

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