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1. "A good poem is a tautology. It expands one word by adding a number which clarify it, thus making a new word which has never before been spoken. The seedword is always so ordinary that hardly anyone perceives it. Classical odes grow from and or because, romantic lyrics from but and if. Immature verses expand a personal pronoun ad nauseam, the greatest works bring glory to a common verb. Good poems, therefore, are always close to banality, over which, however, they tower like precipices."
Author: Alasdair Gray
2. "To speak is to fall into tautology."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
3. "WHAT IT ISIt is what it is. Butwhat is it?What it is—Some soft tautologywhose terms are touchTime to give, timeto give it up."
Author: Maggie Nelson
4. "The standard cosmological theory--an expanding universe--does not really solve the problem of God. It simply makes it more problematical. Once the creator-creation model is discarded as primitive mythology, we still have not touched the ancient conundrum, ex nihilo nihil fit: nothing comes from nothing, and the "axiom" that "Nothing is unstable' rivals in scholastic absurdity anything Aquinas may have said eight hundred years ago and can only be postulated given the reality of something, whereby it becomes a self-evident and unarguable tautology."
Author: R. Joseph Hoffmann
5. "Yes or no?' said Murphy. The eternal tautology."
Author: Samuel Beckett
6. "I heard the Empire has a tyrannical and repressive government!""What form of government is that?" said Ponder Stibbons."A tautology," said the Dean, from above."
Author: Terry Pratchett

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