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"No paradox, no progress." - Niels Bohr

"Paradox likes contradictions with exits." - Mason Cooley

"All wisdom ends in paradox." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"If complexity doesn't beat you, paradox will." - Tom Robbins

"There's a paradox in every paradigm." - Ani Difranco

"A totally healthy actor is a paradox." - Vittorio Gassman

"When a paradox is widely believed, it is no longer recognized as a paradox." - Mason Cooley

"To make advice agreeable, try paradox or rhyme." - Mason Cooley

"Paradox implies that stating a contradiction disposes of it." - Mason Cooley

"There is no paradox. There is only irony." - Philip K. Jason

"Paradox - Truth standing on her head to get attention." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The world is a contradiction, the universe a paradox." - Kedar Joshi

"I'll just take amusement at being a paradox." - Burgess Meredith

"Every moment is the paradox of now or never." - Simon Van Booy

"Everything is paradox. The danger is one-dimensional thinking." - Lesley Hazleton

"The only laws are paradox, humor and change." - Dan Millman

"[Paradox is] truth standing on its head to gain attention." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The existence of God is the ultimate paradox." - Kedar Joshi

"Morality without a sense of paradox is mean." - Friedrich Schlegel

"The unending paradox is that we do learn through pain." - Madeleine L'Engle

"By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox." - Galileo Galilei

"He was a great thundering paradox of a man." - William Manchester

"Soderquist's Paradox: There are more horses' asses than horses." - John Peers

"Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions." - Charles Caleb Colton

"The world is a contradiction; the universe a paradox." - Kedar Joshi

"Morality without a sense of paradox is mean." - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

"Morality without a sense of paradox is mean." - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Sc

"Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time." - Friedrich Schlegel

"Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time." - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

"Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time." - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Sc

"... This is the paradox of vision: Sharp perception softens our existence in the world." - Susan Griffin

"It is a strange paradox: Humans drown in the water, fish drown in the land." - Javad Alizadeh

"One man's antinomy is another man's falsidical paradox, give or take a couple of thousand years." - Willard Van Orman Quine

"New Orleans is a city of paradox. Sin, salvation, sex, sanctification, so intertwined yet so separate." - Harry Connick Jr

"Holland is a land of intense paradox. It is quite impossible, but it is there." - M. E. W. Sherwood

"The paradox of communism in power was that it was conservative." - Eric Hobsbawm

"The best reaction to a paradox is to invent a genuinely new and deep idea." - Ian Hacking

"Perhaps the greatest paradox of all is that there are paradoxes in mathematics." - Edward Kasner

"The paradox of simplicity is that making things simpler is hard work." - Bill Jensen

"Poetry is the harnessing of the paradox of earth cradling life and then entombing it." - Carl Sandburg

"That's the paradox of loss: How can something that's gone weigh us down so much?" - Jodi Picoult

"To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity." - Soren Kierkegaard

"To speak of the impotence of power is no longer a witty paradox." - Hannah Arendt

"To fear and not be afraid- that is the paradox of faith." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"The paradox is that when resistance is fully accepted, the resistance disappears." - Adyashanti

"Jesus brings mystery, paradox, and tension - rarely did someone get a straight answer out of Him" - Mike Erre

"Photographers are victims of paradox, tracking the impermanent to make it permanent." - Ray Metzker

"Logic cannot model causal systems, and paradox is generated when time is ignored [as in logic]." - Gregory Bateson

"The current situation with regard to theory is odd and maybe defined by a paradox." - Simon Critchley

"We were an extraordinary paradox. We are finite creatures made for the infinite." - Desmond Tutu

"By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two" - Edwin Markham

"A paradox is only a truth standing on its head to attract attention." - Alan Watts

"Live at the empty heart of paradox. I'll dance with you there, cheek to cheek." - Rumi

"A man may love a paradox without either losing his wit or his honesty." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The monstrous paradox that people come closer to one another without words" - Max Frisch

"Humor and paradox are often the only ways to respond to life's sorrow with grace." - Matthew Fox

"You are doomed to make choices. This is life's greatest paradox." - Wayne Dyer

"In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two." - Erich Fromm

"The more I know, the more sure I am I know so little. The eternal paradox." - James Clavell

"At a bare minimum, understanding entails being able to detect an internal contradiction: a paradox." - William Poundstone

"An intriguing paradox of the 1990s is that it isn't called a decade of greed." - Paul Samuelson

"I love paradox. I like to go where people don't expect me to go." - Richard Mille

"You undergo too strict a paradox, Striving to make an ugly deed look fair." - William Shakespeare

"Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A genius may perhaps be a century ahead of his age and hence stands there as a paradox, but in the end, the race will assimilate what was once a paradox, so it is no longer paradoxical." - Soren Kierkegaard

"You are not supposed to get it. It's a paradox. All of mathematics is built on paradoxes. That's the biggest paradox of all-all this orderliness, and at the heart, impossibility. Contradiction. Heaven built on the foundations of hell." - David Leavitt

"We are caught up in a paradox, one which might be called the paradox of conceptualization. The proper concepts are needed to formulate a good theory, but we need a good theory to arrive at the proper concepts." - Abraham Kaplan

"Here we have the paradox, the potentially tragic paradox, that our relatedness to others is an essential aspect of our being, as is our separateness, but any particular person is not a necessary part of our being." - R D Laing

"And remember: Everything in business is a paradox. To be excellent, you have to be consistent. When you're consistent, you're vulnerable to attack. Yes, it's a paradox. Now deal with it!" - Tom Peters

"One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical...for the paradox is the source of the thinker's passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity." - Soren Kierkegaard

"There is nothing absolute and final. If everything were ironclad, all the rules absolute and everything structured so no paradox or irony existed, you couldn't move. One could say that man sneaks through the crack where paradox exists." - Itzhak Bentov

"I am interested in the paradox between identity and uniformity, in the power and vulnerability of each individual and each group. It is in this paradox that I try to visualize by concentrating on poses, attitudes, gestures, and gazes." - Rineke Dijkstra

"Even in pure mathematics they can't remove all paradox, and the rest of us should also recognize we are going to have to endure a lot of paradox, like it or not." - Charlie Munger

"3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is a paradox; as is a paradox why the number 1 is not prime if it has no other divisors besides himself." - Bertrand Russell

"One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical...for the paradox is the source of the thinker's passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity." - Soren Kierkegaard

"My literature is much more the result of a paradox than that of an implacable logic, typical of police novels. The paradox is the tension that exists in my soul." - Paulo Coelho

"A paradox is a seeming contradiction, always demanding a change on the side of the observer. If we look at almost all things honestly we see everything has a character of paradox to it. Everything, including ourselves." - Richard Rohr

"The word 'paradox' has always had a kind of magic for me, and I think my pictures have a paradoxical quality, a paradox of chaos and order in one." - Bridget Riley

"There is this paradox in pride - it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so." - Charles Caleb Colton

"It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first." - Hugh Black

"To be entirely free, and at the same time entirely dominated by law, is the eternal paradox of human life." - Oscar Wilde

"Here is the paradox of Christian living. We must give up control of self to gain self control." - Andy Mineo

"The most exquisite paradox; as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all." - Ram Dass

"Dangerously well'- what an irony is this: it expresses precisely the doubleness, the paradox, of feeling 'too well" - Oliver Sacks

"The paradox is that no love can prove so intense as the love of two narcissists for each other." - Norman Mailer

"There's a weird kind of paradox that the more expensive the vacation is, the more potentially anxiety-producing it is." - David Foster Wallace

"...the primary paradox that man is superior to all the things around him and yet is at their mercy." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The measure of your enlightenment is the degree to which you are comfortable with paradox, contradiction, and ambiguity." - Deepak Chopra

"Dangerously well"- what an irony is this: it expresses precisely the doubleness, the paradox, of feeling "too well" - Oliver Sacks

"The grand paradox of our society is this: we magnify man's right but we minimize his capacities." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives." - Leonard Jacobson

"Scientific truth is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive appearance of things." - Karl Marx

"That one individual should awaken in another memories that belong to still a third is an obvious paradox." - Jorge Luis Borges

"Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration." - Emile M Cioran

"There is this paradox in fear: he is most likely to inspire it in others who has none himself!" - Charles Caleb Colton

"The paradox of romantic love - that what one possesses, one can no longer desire - was at work." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Society created the prison in its own image; will history, with its penchant for paradox, reverse those roles?" - Jessica Mitford

"The individual - stupendous and beautiful paradox - is at once infinitesimal dust and the cause of all things." - C. V. Wedgwood

"It is a great paradox - almost everyone wants to improve his circumstances but almost no one wants to improve himself." - Sterling W Sill

"Progress is built, in effect, upon the foundations of necessary failure. That is the essential paradox of expert performance." - Matthew Syed

"She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox." - Truman Capote

"This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think." - Soren Kierkegaard

"I often say that leadership is deeply personal and inherently collective. That's a paradox that effective leaders have to embrace." - Peter Senge

"Here is a paradox. It would seem that there cannot be surrealism and photography, but only photography or surrealism." - Rosalind E. Krauss

"Progress is built, in effect, upon the foundations of necessary failure. That is the essential paradox of expert performance." - Matthew Syed

"The grand paradox of our society is this: we magnify man's right but we minimize his capacities." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"The psychedelic viewpoint is becoming more and more legitimate, but psychedelic drugs are not. That's the odd paradox of it." - Terence Mckenna

"The paradox is the seed of truth. This germ just needs a fertile ground to flourish and bear fruit." - Leo Errera

"Paradox is the poisonous flower of quietism, the iridescent surface of the rotting mind, the greatest depravity of all." - Thomas Mann

"The paradox of gifts: I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received." - Dr. SunWolf

"The grand paradox of our society is this: we magnify man's rights but we minimize his capacities." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"There is a paradox in pride - it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration." - Emil Cioran

"The paradox is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality ought to be." - Richard Feynman

"Everybody one meets is a paradox nowadays. It is a great bore. It makes society so obvious." - Oscar Wilde

"The paradox of what seek seems so far, really what we need is just close within us." - Faisal Khokhar

"The paradox of innovation is that it is accepted as an innovation when it has become imitation." - Piero Scaruffi

"Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true." - Ram Dass

"My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it." - Mark Haddon

"There's obviously a lot of tragedy in comedy; I really enjoy the paradox of what a really good comedy is." - Ellen Page

"Along the blade of a knife lies the path of paradox-the single most worthy path of the fearless mind . . . ." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization." - Adrienne Clarkson

"Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want." - John Fowles

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

"How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress." - Niels Bohr

"The 'paradox' is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality 'ought to be." - Richard P Feynman

"Art has arrived at the paradox that tradition itself requires the occurrence of radical attacks on tradition." - Harold Rosenberg

"But I will say that most comedians are the saddest people I know. That is the biggest paradox to me." - Jean Reno

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

"It is a paradox that as we reach out prime, we also see there is a place where it finishes." - Gail Sheehy

"Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good." - George Will

"Our waking life's desire to shape the world to our convenience invites all manner of paradox and difficulty." - Cormac Mccarthy

"When Pico [Iyer] talks about home being a place of isolation, I think he's right. But it's the paradox. I think that's why I so love Great Salt Lake. Every day when I look out at that lake, I think, "Ah, paradox" - a body of water than no one can drink. It's the liquid lie of the desert. But I think we have those paradoxes within us and certainly the whole idea of home is windswept with paradox." - Terry Tempest Williams

"This is positively not an album to play while you do a doctorate thesis on "Bergson, Webern and Charles the Vicious, Paradox or Ambiguity?"" - Bob Brookmeyer

"The paradox of the prophet: his very success is his failure. The prophet whose time has come no longer shocks; he entertains." - Peter Drucker

"Life is a paradox. Every truth has its counterpart which contradicts it; and every philosopher supplies the logic his own undoing." - Elbert Hubbard

"The only way I can access all my strength is to relax. ... The paradox is that you must learn to be relaxed while using all your power." - Lynda Obst

"Are we to assist it in gaining power in order to save our lives? Is that the paradox of our earthly situation?" - Philip K Dick

"It is not paradox to say that in our most theoretical moods we may be nearest to our most practical applications." - Alfred North Whitehead

"There is not a greater paradox in nature,-than that so good a religion [as Christianity] should be no better recommended by its professors." - Laurence Sterne

"Only you can take responsibility for your happiness..but you can't do it alone. It's the great paradox of being human." - Simon Sinek

"Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"A poignant paradox is that sometimes the very desire to be a good mother or father will lead the parent to mistake duty for love." - William Watson Purkey

"You know," King said, "I'm not much good at telling stories. That sounds like a paradox, but it's not; it's the reason I write them down." - Stephen King

"Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling." - Jeremy Northam

"Sometimes all you need to do to win clever people over to a principle is to present it in the form of a shocking paradox." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." - James Baldwin



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