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

3.77 avg rating
( 528 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060537005: Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

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 Parton

For 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. 

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-see-mor-ON-uh-kuh) noun: Any variety of self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are profoundly true.

For more than a decade Dr. Mardy Grothe has delighted readers with this collection of 1,500 of the most provocative quotations of all time. From ancient thinkers and great writers to modern social observers, Oxymoronica celebrates the power and beauty of paradoxical thinking.

In this new and updated edition, Dr. Mardy has added 130 classic and unforgettable turns of phrase, bringing the joy of oxymoronica to new audiences. Exploring all facets of life, the wise and witty observations in this book are sure to inspire readers, writers, and language lovers everywhere.

About the Author:

DR. MARDY GROTHE is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker; the author of six “word and language” books, including Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee; and the creator of Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations. Dr. Mardy—as his many fans worldwide know him—is one of America’s most beloved quotation anthologists. He lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Robinson.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Grothe, Mardy
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Paperback Quantity Available: 9
Seller
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EYDQW000QBV

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Grothe, Mardy
Published by Harpercollins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2015. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VC-9780060537005

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Grothe, Mardy
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060537000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Grothe, Mardy
Published by HarperCollins Publisher 2015-06-09 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Paperback Quantity Available: 12
Seller
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publisher 2015-06-09, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9780060537005B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Dr Mardy Grothe
Published by Harper Paperbacks, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Paperbacks, United States, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 175 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 Parton For 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060537005

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Grothe, Mardy
Published by Harpercollins (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 2015. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060537005

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Mardy Grothe
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800605370050000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Dr Mardy Grothe
Published by Harper Paperbacks, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Paperbacks, United States, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 175 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 Parton For 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060537005

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Grothe, Mardy
Published by Harper Paperbacks (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Paperbacks, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0060537000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Dr Mardy Grothe
Published by Harper Paperbacks, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0060537000 ISBN 13: 9780060537005
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Paperbacks, United States, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 175 x 135 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. 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 Parton For 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. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780060537005

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book