irony Quotes

Peter Cooper looks at the world with an artist's eye and a human heart and soul. His songs are the work of an original, creative imagination, alive with humor and heartbreak and irony and intelligence, with truth and beauty in the details. Deep stuff. And they get better every time you listen to them.
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— Kris Kristofferson
It is one of history's great ironies that capitalists built decent and humane societies on the basis of an amoral approach to the economics of pricing, whereas socialists built exploitative and inhumane societies on the basis of a morally inflamed approach to economics.
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— Kevin D. Williamson
It is the cruelest of all ironies that moderns imagine themselves to be (abstractly understood) "individuals," because in actuality moderns are "types," abstracted and self-abstractive victims of a process of stereotyping that afflicts even would-be rebels and anarchists.
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— Kenny Smith
Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good deal of irony in the world... I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there's obviously a lot of deception.
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— Kenneth Koch
In the history of photography, one process has always replaced another. The tumultuous realignment that's going on in the photography now is really just a natural evolution. The irony is that none of the processes that have been replaced have disappeared. More people than ever are practicing every approach to shooting and printing.
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— Keith Carter
It has always been an irony to me that the 'religious right' has come under so much attack for being involved in politics when the black community has been doing it for hundreds of years. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is rarely, if ever, attacked for his involvement in politics.
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— Kay Coles James
Maybe the desert wisdom of the Dakotas can teach us to love anyway, to love what is dying, in the face of death, and not pretend that things are other than they are. The irony and wonder of all of this is that it is the desert's grimness, its stillness and isolation, that brings us back to love.
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— Kathleen Norris
The boys in the office preferred Daft Punk and the song "Robot Rock" as an anthem, speaking excitedly and without irony about wanting to become robots one day. That made me wonder: Why? What's the pull of being a robot?
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— Katherine Losse
Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos.
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— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
There are ancient and modern poems which breathe, in their entirety and in every detail, the divine breath of irony. In such poemsthere lives a real transcendental buffoonery. Their interior is permeated by the mood which surveys everything and rises infinitely above everything limited, even above the poet's own art, virtue, and genius; and their exterior form by the histrionic style of an ordinary good Italian buffo.
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— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Philosophy is the true home of irony, which might be defined as logical beauty: for wherever men are philosophizing in spoken or written dialogues, and provided they are not entirely systematic, irony ought to be produced and postulated; even the Stoics regarded urbanity as a virtue.
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— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
The naive is what is or appears to be natural, individual, or classical to the point of irony or to the point of continuous alternation of self-creation and self-destruction. If it is only instinct, then it is childlike, childish, or silly; if it is only intention, it becomes affectation.
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— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.
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— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
We all want to be special, to stand out; there's nothing wrong with this. The irony is that every human being is special to start with, because we're unique to start with. But we then go through some sort of boot camp from the age of zero to about 18 where we learn everything we can about how not to be unique.
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— Karl Marlantes
Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
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— Karl Kraus
Irony, perfect definition: that for which I want to possess it, I would no longer want once I possessed it.
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— Karen Marie Moning
You can say that a small attack is one in which relatively few people die, but the minute you say that, you can sense the ironies in that statement. A blast in which five people are killed is a meaningful blast.
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— Karan Mahajan
If I were to write my title like going through the airport and you have to put down what you do? I would literally write "creative genius' except for two reasons: Sometimes it takes too long to write that and sometimes I spell the word "genius' wrong. The irony.
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— Kanye West
Irony is based on insecurity; people like to not like things because they don't understand them.
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— Justin Vernon
In acting, you have a writer, a director, a character - you're working through being another person - and the irony I always tell people is when I acted early on as a teenager, it actually kept me out of trouble.
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— Juliette Lewis
Irony ... may be defined as what people miss.
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— Julian Barnes
Irony - The modern mode: either the devil's mark or the snorkel of sanity.
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— Julian Barnes
A mouth of no distinction but well practiced, before I entered my teens, in irony. For what is irony but the repository of hurt? And what is hurt but the repository of hope?
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— Joyce Carol Oates
Love, your own witch-daughter, Queen of the Mirror and the Highest Protector of Irony
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— Jostein Gaarder
I think the French have a romantic cliche that Englishmen have great style, great music, irony and sense of humour. Well, sometimes cliches are true.
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— Josephine de La Baume
Civilizations die from philosophical calm, irony, and a sense of fair play quite as surely as they die of debauchery.
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— Joseph Wood Krutch
Language and, presumably, literature are more ancient and inevitable, more durable than any form of social organization. The revulsion, irony, or indifference often expressed by literature toward the state is essentially the reaction of the permanent-better yet, the infinite-against the temporary, against the finite.
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— Joseph Brodsky
Let neither tear nor reproach besmirch this declaration of the mastery of God who, with magnificent irony, granted me both the gift of books and the night.
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— Jorge Luis Borges
I'm the type of spiritual person that doesn't speak openly about their spirituality. Irony is probably my religion.
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— Jonathan Raymond
I live a very ordinary life. The rare awards ceremonies I go to are quite fun, because I can enjoy the irony of one minute walking to the tube, and the next being driven along the same stretch of road in a limo.
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— Jonathan Pryce
It's one of the ironies of investing. The rich can afford to take risks, but they don't need to. The poor need to take risks, but they often can't afford to.
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— Jonathan Clements
I really think [the Bush Administration]'s foreign policy agenda is to spread irony through the world.
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— Jon Stewart
I have wit in my work and a sense of humor, but I do not use irony in any way
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— John Zorn
When I started making movies about weird people, I knew they were weird, I was infected with irony, and I wanted New York to notice.
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— John Waters
Irony ruined everything Even the best exploitation movies were never meant to be `so bad they were good`. They were not made for the intelligentsia. They were made to be violent for real, or to be sexy for real. But now everybody has irony. Even horror films now are ironic. Everybody's in on the joke now. Everybody's hip. Nobody takes anything at face value anymore.
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— John Waters
It is one of the ironies of history that reformers so often misjudge the consequences of their reforms.
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— John W. Gardner
It is part of the irony of life that the strongest feelings of devoted gratitude of which human nature seems to be susceptible, are called forth in human beings towards those who, having the power entirely to crush their earthly existence, voluntarily refrain from using that power.
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— John Stuart Mill
What happens when we're dead? The irony is that all our questions wil be answered after we die. We spend our whole life trying to figure out the truth and the only way we'll find out what it is, is to get hit by a bus. And the only comfort that religion offers is that God is driving that bus.
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— John Ryman
What people adore about superhero movies is the signal quality of the Christopher Nolan films - their complete lack of irony when it comes to the portrayal of heroism and the need for heroes to confront evil.
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— John Podhoretz
I love irony in pictures. There's one photograph from Vietnam by Philip Jones Griffiths that shows a very large GI having his pocket picked by a tiny Vietnamese woman. It told the whole story of the clash of two cultures and how the invader could never win.
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— John Pilger