Paradox Quotes

There are many confusing things in life, and many things that may not obviously appear so are in fact a paradox.

Vittorio Gassman

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong

Lao-Tzu

It is not paradox to say that in our most theoretical moods we may be nearest to our most practical applications

Alfred North Whitehead

Irony is the form of paradox. paradox is what is good and great at the same time.

Friedrich Schlegel

Paradox with him was only truth standing on its head to attract attention.

Earl Warren

After an eternity of seeking the sudden threshold of seeing and finding leaves one filled with a strange paradox of ecstasy and grief. I was born to see.

Joy Page

Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.

Harold Evans

The paradox of anti-Semitism is that it is invariably up to the Jews to explain away the charges. The anti-Semite simply has to make them.

Jack Schwartz

The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.

John Grierson

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

This is not remarkable, for, as we know, reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events. We seem here to have a paradox: that the reality of an event, which is not real in itself, arises from the other events which, likewise, in themselves are not real. But this only affirms what we must affirm: that direction is all. And only as we realize this do we live, for our own identity is dependent upon this principal.

Robert Penn Warren

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

Carl Rogers

Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.

T. S. Eliot

"Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from oneís mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down."

Clarissa Pinkola EstÈs

Then there is that glorious Epicurean paradox, uttered by my friend, the Historian in one of his flashing moments: Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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