As a wee lad, I collected bottle caps. Thats right bottle caps. I had trash bags full of them in my closet. My grandfather used to get them at the bar near his home and bring them to me. I would say I had about 10,000 bottle caps. They stank. And my mom threw them out.
Some people collect bottle caps; others collect comics; and still others collect dolls or baseball cards. Dr. Mardy Grothe collects words. Not just any words, mind you, but Oxymoronica.
These are all oxymorons, nouns that express a paradox. And while they form a basis for the genre, they are merely a scratch from the surface of Grothes Oxymoronica, a wealth of 1,400 mind-bending quotations that span subject matter from sex and love to politics, from humor to literature.
A psychologist, marriage counselor, and management consultant, with such diverse vocational interests it is no wonder that Dr. Grothe includes observations from a range of individuals that include both Lao-tzu (To lead the people, walk behind them.) and Dolly Parton (Youd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.).
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. ~ William Blake
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove you dont need it. ~ Bob Hope
It doesnt matter whether you decide to marry or stay single; either way youll be sorry. ~ Socrates
War is much too serious a business to be entrusted to the military. ~ Georges Clemenceau
When a dog runs at you, whistle for him. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Eschew obfuscation. ~ William Safire
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened. ~ Ernest Hemingway
While none of the work we do is very important, it is important that we do a great deal of it. ~ Joseph Heller