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:


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)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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

-- John Grierson (British Director)

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

-- Mark Haddon (English Novelist)

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

-- John Fowles (English Novelist)

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)

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

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

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

-- Adrienne Clarkson (Canadian Journalist)

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 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)

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

-- Paul Samuelson (American Economist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- George Will ( Journalist)

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.

-- Galileo Galilei (Italian Scientist)

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)

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

-- Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)

He was a great thundering paradox of a man.

-- William Manchester (American Historian)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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 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 (American Judge)

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 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)

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)

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)

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 (American Actress)

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)


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