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Paradoxes Quotes

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It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
- Edward Teller

There is in my opinion a great similarity between the
problems provided by the mysterious behavior of the
atom and those provided by the present economic paradoxes confronting the world.
- Paul Dirac

Play not with paradoxes.
That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others
may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead
to the quality of things.
- George Eliot

 

There are many of these apparent philosophical paradoxes
or contradictions which don't concern me anymore.
- Evan Parker

Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes:
one must make them when one reflects;
and whatever you may say,
I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When we talk of freedom and opportunity for all nations,
the mocking paradoxes in our own society become so
clear they can no longer be ignored.
- Wendell Willkie

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If you study the writings of the mystics,
you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes,
as in Zen, particularly.
- Alan Watts

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life
and just as only great souls are exposed to passions
it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes,
which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance,
yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early,
but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
- Ogden Nash

Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the
general framework of history,
so that despite the difficulties, the fundamental paradoxes and contradictions,
we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life.
- Fernand Braudel

The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow,
since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices
have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.
- Marcel Proust

I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Mother Teresa

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

The Paradox Of Living In The Moment is -
How To Be Happy Today AND Prepare For Tomorrow
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a Paradox - a Duality - and yet an Entirely Unified ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am simultaneously ME - an independent BEing
of free-will and bold courage,
and ME - an integral and inseparable element
of the web of timeless creation.
I am a paradox - a duality -
and yet an entirely unified ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Living Into the Great Paradox,
I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up.
I work to bring about my vision of the future,
which is based on my value system of what is right,
just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving.
Simultaneously, I accept that my vision
is based on only my opinions and prejudices,
and I honor all points of view and value systems,
no matter how different from my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found
in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
- Earl Warren

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

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

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -
that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
- Tom Wolfe

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

It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate
in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
- Brad Henry

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

The great paradox of the 21st century is that,
in this age of powerful technology, the biggest problems
we face internationally are problems of the human soul.
- Ralph Peters

A totally healthy actor is a paradox.
- Vittorio Gassman

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

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

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

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

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties.
A father can do neither.
If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
- Marlene Dietrich

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

There is another interesting paradox here:
by immersing ourselves in what we love,
we find ourselves.
We do not lose ourselves.
One does not lose one's identity by falling in love.
- Lukas Foss

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

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

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

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

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to
power on the ladder of free speech.
Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed
all free speech except his own.
- Herbert Hoover

If the Great Way perishes, there will be morality and duty.
When cleverness and knowledge arise, great lies will flourish.
When relatives fall out with one another,
there will be filial duty and love.
When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
- Lao Tzu

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

That's the great paradox of living on this earth,
that in the midst of great pain you can have great joy as well.
If we didn't have those things we'd just be numb.
- Kathy Mattea

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

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

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

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 A. Baldwin

The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling
as the one which exists only in the mind's eye.
- Shana Alexander

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

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

It was such a paradox for me that the only thing I know how to do is act,
but that the first thing I abandoned while writing were the characters.
- Bryce Dallas Howard

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

Failures of perspective in decision-making can be due
to aspects of the social utility paradox,
but more often result from simple mistakes caused by inadequate thought.
- Herman Kahn

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

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

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth,
that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
- John Ruskin

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

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

Some may claim that is it unscientific to speak of
the operations of nature as miracles.
But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding
so many wonderful things subservient to the rule of law.
- Elisha Gray

The trick is the paradox - turning your story inside out.
Now if it is something that appears to be of total
normality and then suddenly turns inside out and is
a different thing all together then that's fun to write.
- Nigel Kneale

The Clinton paradox: How could a president so intelligent,
so compassionate, so public-spirited and so conscious
of his place in history act in such a stupid,
selfish and self-destructive manner?
- George Stephanopoulos

That's a curious paradox that I don't think a lot of people out there know;
that you get really scared before you go on.
You come out in a nervous rash, and it's not like you
actually love getting up there and showing off.
- Jacqueline McKenzie

This year, we must address the Colorado Paradox.
We have more college degrees per capita than any state.
Yet we lag the nation in the percentage of students
who go on to higher education.
- Bill Owens

In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement,
psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what
common sense and the poets have long known -
that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness.
- Norman O. Brown

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first.
The very first condition of lasting happiness is that
a life should be full of purpose,
aiming at something outside self.
- Hugo Black

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life,
and beyond which life cannot rise.
And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive,
and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
- Jack London

He would see civilization in danger of perishing under
the oppression of a gigantic paradox:
he would see multitudes of people starving in the midst of plenty,
and nations preparing for war although pledged to peace.
- Arthur Henderson

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

I have found that if you love life,
life will love you back.
- Arthur Rubinstein

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer


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