Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Human beings cling to their delicious tyrannies and to their exquisite nonsense, till death stares them in the face.
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be too cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.
—John Kenneth Galbraith