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1. "I'm still agnostic. But in the words of Elton Richards, I'm now a reverant agnostic. Which isn't an oxymoron, I swear. I now believe that whether or not there's a God, there is such a thing as sacredness. Life is sacred. The Sabbath can be a sacred day. Prayer can be a sacred ritual. There is something transcendent, beyond the everyday. It's possible that humans created this sacredness ourselves, but that doesn't take away from its power or importance."
Author: A.J. Jacobs
2. "In a sane world, a term like "chronic crisis" would be instantly seen by anone as an oxymoron. Nevertheless, that's the state that many of us Western Worlders live in, provoking crisis after crisis so that we can justify our dis-ease rather than addressing that directly."
Author: Anthony D. Ravenscroft
3. "I find the term 'perfect child' to be an oxymoron."
Author: Barbara Park
4. "As a rule, we don't like to feel to sad or lonely or depressed. So why do we like music (or books or movies) that evoke in us those same negative emotions? Why do we choose to experience in art the very feelings we avoid in real life?Aristotle deals with a similar question in his analysis of tragedy. Tragedy, after all, is pretty gruesome. […] There's Sophocles's Oedipus, who blinds himself after learning that he has killed his father and slept with his mother. Why would anyone watch this stuff? Wouldn't it be sick to enjoy watching it? […] Tragedy's pleasure doesn't make us feel "good" in any straightforward sense. On the contrary, Aristotle says, the real goal of tragedy is to evoke pity and fear in the audience. Now, to speak of the pleasure of pity and fear is almost oxymoronic. But the point of bringing about these emotions is to achieve catharsis of them - a cleansing, a purification, a purging, or release. Catharsis is at the core of tragedy's appeal."
Author: Brandon W. Forbes
5. "Happy and alone, you say? Reclusive and merry? How oxymoronic! Pas possible! Alas, the concept is lost on so many."
Author: Caroline Knapp
6. "I believe that 'advocacy journalism' is not an oxymoron. If that means that I'm going to disrupt the cable, partisan fracas of obsession over what this means from left and right, then so be it. I will be disruptive of it."
Author: Chris Cuomo
7. "Isn't a gay Mormon like an oxymoron?''Do I look like an oxymoron to you?''An oxymormon."
Author: David Ebershoff
8. "It's not unsporting to thrash a cowardly cad,' said Simmons. 'Everyone knows you don't fight like a gentleman.''That might be called an oxymoron,' Ramses said. 'Oh--sorry. Bad form to use long words. Look it up when you get home.'The poor devil didn't know how to fight, like a gentleman or otherwise."
Author: Elizabeth Peters
9. "Writers make everybody nervous but we terrify Silly Service workers. Our apartments always look like a front for something, and no matter how carefully we tidy up for guests we always seem to miss the note card that says, "Margaret has to die soon." We own the kind of books that spies use to construct codes, like The Letters of Mme. de Sevigne, and we are the only people in the world who write oxymoron in the margin of the Bible. Manuscripts in the fridge in case of fire, Strunk's Elements in the bathroom, the Laramie City Directory explained away with "It might come in handy," all strike fear in the GS-7 heart. Nobody really wants to sleep with a writer, but Silly Service workers won't even talk to us."
Author: Florence King
10. "Sex and older women used to be considered an oxymoron, rarely mentioned in the same breath."
Author: Gail Sheehy
11. "I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron."
Author: Harold Bloom
12. "Dead Max was the biggest oxymoron in history."
Author: James Patterson
13. "The only way to eat Cheerios is without cheer. Could a product name be more of an oxymoron?"
Author: Jarod Kintz
14. "Dying isn't the only way into the Underworld, but it's the safest."Well, that sounded like an oxymoron if I'd ever heard one."
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
15. "A short-haired Barbie would be an oxymoron."
Author: Joan Gould
16. "I've been saying in the press that being a NY Post investigator reporter is an oxymoron."
Author: Joe Pantoliano
17. "Small thinking and big dreams is an oxymoron"
Author: John Paul Warren
18. "You know, my degrees are in computer engineering. I spent a lot of time in the tech industry. And I like to say that I don't invest in tech because I spent time in it. And I saw firsthand that the durability of technology moats is many times an oxymoron."
Author: Mohnish Pabrai
19. "Wearing: shorts + a jersey = a visual oxymoron."
Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
20. "First, I have the privilege of being Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It is not an oxymoron I assure you."
Author: Pat Roberts
21. "Like apes, we breed, sleep, and die. Yet like God we say, "I am." We are ontological oxymorons."
Author: Peter Kreeft
22. "See for me, it's immediate. Silence is so freaking loud.' This seemed either deep or deeply oxymoronic. I wasn't sure which."
Author: Sarah Dessen
23. "A Bible-quoting erotica writer--you are quite the oxymoron."
Author: Tiffany Reisz
24. "An oxymoronic combination of the tough and tender, [Of Mice and Men] will appeal to sentimental cynics, cynical sentimentalists...Readers less easily thrown off their trolley will still prefer Hans Andersen.[Time 1937]"
Author: Time Life Books
25. "It seems almost oxymoronic to believe that this new idealism has led to a new pessimism about marriage, but that is exactly what has happened. In generations past there was far less talk about "compatibility" and finding the ideal soul mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for."
Author: Timothy Keller
26. "DPRK translates to Democratic People's Republic of Korea—and if the words Democratic and Republic sound like a good thing, well, it's oxymoronic because the Korea we're talking about here is the communist one in the North, and when I said the pastor's father was their guest, what I really meant is he was shot down, captured, tortured, and held prisoner by a depraved enemy in what today can only be described as a failed state."
Author: Tucker Elliot

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Did I imagine the castle, the dungeon, the ritual orgies and violations? Did Lucy, Billy, Samuel, Eliza, Shirley and Kato make it all up? I went back to the industrial estate and found the castle. It was an old factory that had burned to the ground, but the charred ruins of the basement remained. I closed my eyes and could see the black candles, the dancing shadows, the inverted pentagram, the people chanting through hooded robes. I could see myself among other children being abused in ways that defy imagination. I have no doubt now that the cult of devil worshippers was nothing more than a ring of paedophiles, the satanic paraphernalia a cover for their true lusts: the innocent bodies of young children."
Author: Alice Jamieson

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