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:


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

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

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

-- John Grierson (British Director)

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 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)

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

-- Paul Samuelson (American Economist)

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)

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 (American President)

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

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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)

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

-- George Will ( Journalist)

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)

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

-- Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)

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)

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)

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

-- John Fowles (English Novelist)

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.

-- Galileo Galilei (Italian Scientist)

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)

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)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

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

-- Gail Sheehy (American Writer)

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 totally healthy actor is a paradox.

-- Vittorio Gassman (Italian Actor)

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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 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)

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)

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)

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

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

He was a great thundering paradox of a man.

-- William Manchester (American Historian)

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)


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