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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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 (American Politician)

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

-- Daphne Rae ( -)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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)

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)

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)

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 (American Journalist)

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

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Paul Samuelson (American Economist)

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

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

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

-- Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher)

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)

Holland is a land of intense paradox. It is quite impossible, but it is there.

-- M. E. W. Sherwood ( -)

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

-- George Will ( Journalist)

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 (American Novelist)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Mark Haddon (English Novelist)

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)

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)

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 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 (French Poet)

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

-- Carl Rogers (American Psychologist)

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

-- Gail Sheehy (American Writer)

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 (English Writer)

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

-- Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)

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

-- John Fowles (English Novelist)

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

-- John Grierson (British Director)

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 (American Soldier)

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

-- Adrienne Clarkson (Canadian Journalist)


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