Definitions for: Paradox


[n] (logic) a self-contradiction; "I always lie"



Webster (1913) Definition: Par`a*dox, n.; pl. Paradoxes. [F. paradoxe, L.
paradoxum, fr. Gr. ?; ? beside, beyond, contrary to + ? to
think, suppose, imagine. See Para-, and Dogma.]
A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion; an
assertion or sentiment seemingly contradictory, or opposed to
common sense; that which in appearance or terms is absurd,
but yet may be true in fact.

A gloss there is to color that paradox, and make it
appear in show not to be altogether unreasonable.
--Hooker.

This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it
proof. --Shak.

Hydrostatic paradox. See under Hydrostatic.

See Also: contradiction, contradiction in terms

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Famous Quotes Containing Paradox:


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 (Australian Actress)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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 (German Composer)

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 (American Poet)

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 (American Judge)

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

-- John Grierson (British Director)

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 (English Actor)

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

-- Paul Samuelson (American Economist)

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

-- Niels Bohr (Danish Physicist)

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

-- Harold Evans (British Journalist)

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 (English Writer)

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

-- Brad Henry (American Politician)

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 (American Musician)

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 (American Actress)

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

-- Shana Alexander (American Journalist)

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

-- Adrienne Clarkson (Canadian Journalist)

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

-- Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)

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

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

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 (American Actress)

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

-- Daphne Rae ( -)

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 (American Celebrity)

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 (English Writer)

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

-- John Fowles (English Novelist)

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

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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 (British Politician)

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 ( Scientist)

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.

-- Galileo Galilei (Italian Scientist)

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 (American Educator)

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 (American Inventor)

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 (American Scientist)

A totally healthy actor is a paradox.

-- Vittorio Gassman (Italian Actor)

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 (American Philosopher)

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 (American Author)

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

-- Carl Rogers (American Psychologist)


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