Monday, March 4, 2013

credo quia absurdum



credo quia absurdum [ˈkreɪ:dəʊ 'kwiə æbˈsɜːdəm] int. also credo quia absurdum est

1.) 'I believe because it is absurd' (Dictionary of Foreign Words, Adrian Room, 2000).

Etymology: Latin, from credo, 1st person singular present indicative of credere, to believe + quia, because + absurdum, absurd. The phrase is a misquotation from Tertullian's On The Flesh of Christ, ~206. The actual quote is "Crucifixus est dei filius; non pudet, quia pudendum est. Et mortuus est dei filius; credibile prorsus est, quia ineptum est. Et sepultus resurrexit; certum est, quia impossibile." (The Son of God was crucified; I am not ashamed, because it is shameful. The Son of God died; it is immediately credible, because it is silly. He was buried, and rose again; it is certain, because it is impossible.")

"Many have no doubt attained to that humility which says: credo quia absurdum est and sacrificed their reason to it: but, so far as I know, no one has yet attained to that humility which says credo quia absurdus sum, though it is only one step further" (Daybreak by Friedrich Nietzsche, R. J. Hollingdale (trans.), 1982).


(Die Jungfrau züchtigt das Jesuskind vor drei Zeugen: André Breton, Paul Éluard und dem Maler, Max Ernst, 1926)
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Bonus nerd points for the first person to translate the 2nd Latin phrase in the quote!

5 comments:

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

I believe it because I'm absurd?

Bibi said...

RYC: Okay, so it's a quote, I got that far. Now, what does it mean...

You don't want to have anything thrown in your lap, but want to work for it yourself and find your own way without anyone pushing you toward something you don't even know if you really want it? Is that it? Now how to translate that to housing... You want to discover on your own what kind of housing you want and where you want to live, without anyone's "help"? Yes?

(Just fiy: my parents aren't gonna pay for my house, they can't afford to buy houses for each of their three kids! I'm going to buy that thing all on my own. And I made up my mind about what I want years ago. My mum knows what I want, that's why she knew the properties she pointed out would appeal to me)

Poke The Rock said...

I remember that painting very well form art class, brings back memories!

PeaceLoveandSharpies said...

I'm frying my brain trying to think of a situation in which to use this...

-E- said...

@EVi It's "I believe because I'm absurd", but close enough. Nerd points to you!

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