Quotations on Paradox

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The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind's eye.
- Shana Alexander
(Keywords: Eye, Mind, Paradox, Reality)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Purpose, First, Paradox, Pleasure, Self)

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
(Keywords: Money, Science, Common sense, Famous, First, Paradox, Poets, Psychoanalysis, State)

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
(Keywords: Father, Incompetence, Paradox, Sons)

Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.
- Harold Evans
(Keywords: Actions, Paradox, Understanding)

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.
- Galileo Galilei
(Keywords: May, Paradox, Principles)

The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.
- John Grierson
(Keywords: Truth, Lie, Heart, Paradox, Propaganda, Repetition)

It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
- Brad Henry
(Keywords: Americans, Day, Democracy, Paradox, Ritual)

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
(Keywords: Act, First, Paradox, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Decision, Mistakes, Paradox, Perspective, Result)

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
(Keywords: Life, Thoughts, Nothing, Paradox, Paradoxes)

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
(Keywords: Education, College, Nation, Paradox, State, Students)

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
(Keywords: Age, Technology, Soul, Paradox, Problems)

Morality without a sense of paradox is mean.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Keywords: Morality, Paradox, Sense)

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
(Keywords: Discovery, Folly, Metaphor, Oracle, Paradox, Proof, Spring)

Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.
- George Will
(Keywords: Mediocrity, Paradox, Politicians, Public)

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