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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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)

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)

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 (Danish Philosopher)

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)

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

-- Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher)

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)

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)

He was a great thundering paradox of a man.

-- William Manchester (American Historian)

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

-- John Fowles (English Novelist)

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)

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)

A totally healthy actor is a paradox.

-- Vittorio Gassman (Italian Actor)

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

-- John Grierson (British Director)

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

-- Daphne Rae ( -)

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

-- Gail Sheehy (American Writer)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Wayne Dyer (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)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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

-- Niels Bohr (Danish Physicist)

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

-- George Will ( Journalist)

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

-- Carl Rogers (American Psychologist)

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

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


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