Quotes About Paradoxes

Quotes tagged as "paradoxes" (showing 1-28 of 28)
Niels Bohr
“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”
Niels Bohr

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile or On Education

Douglas Adams
“If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don't. It's like a human body, you see. A few cuts and bruises here and there don't hurt it. Not even major surgery if it's done properly. Paradoxes are just the scar tissue. Time and space heal themselves up around them and people simply remember a version of events which makes as much sense as they require it to make.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

E.A. Bucchianeri
“...they say if you don't vote, you get the government you deserve, and if you do, you never get the results you expected.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Howard Thurman
“And this is the strangest of all paradoxes of the human adventure; we live inside all experience, but we are permitted to bear witness only to the outside. Such is the riddle of life and the story of the passing of our days.”
Howard Thurman

Václav Havel
“The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world. In other words, I can only recommend perspective and distance.”
Václav Havel

Oscar Wilde
“Well, the way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the verities become acrobats, we can judge them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Slavoj Žižek
“This is the paradox of public space: even if everyone knows an unpleasant fact, saying it in public changes everything. One of the first measures taken by the new Bolshevik government in 1918 was to make public the entire corpus of tsarist secret diplomacy, all the secret agreements, the secret clauses of public agreements etc. There too the target was the entire functioning of the state apparatuses of power.
(Žižek, S. "Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks." London Review of Books 33.2 (2011): 9-10. )”
Slavoj Žižek

Robert A. Heinlein
“Mike did not seem to grasp the idea of Creation itself. Well, Jubal wasn't sure that he did, either--he had long ago made a pact with himself to postulate a Created Universe on even-numbered days, a tail-swallowing eternal-and-uncreated Universe on odd-numbered days--since each hypothesis, while equally paradoxical, neatly avoided the paradoxes of the other--with, of course, a day off each year for sheer solipsist debauchery.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Slavoj Žižek
“This is the paradox of public space: even if everyone knows an unpleasant fact, saying it in public changes everything. One of the first measures taken by the new Bolshevik government in 1918 was to make public the entire corpus of tsarist secret diplomacy, all the secret agreements, the secret clauses of public agreements etc. There too the target was the entire functioning of the state apparatuses of power.”
Slavoj Žižek

Umberto Eco
“It seems that the Parisian Oulipo group has recently constructed a matrix of all possible murder-story situations and has found that there is still to be written a book in which the murderer is the reader.

Moral: there exist obsessive ideas, they are never personal; books talk among themselves, and any true detection should prove that we are the guilty party.”
Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose

Lisi Harrison
“No, I'm serious," Frankie insisted, fed up with being silenced. "Why didn't you just make me a normie?"
Viktor sighed. "Because that's not who we are. We're special. And I'm very proud that. You should be, too."
"Proud?" Frankie spat out the word as if it had been soaked in nail polish remover. "How can I be proud when everyone is telling me to hide?"
"I'm telling you to hide so you'll be safe. But you can still feel proud of who you are," he explained, like it really was that simple. "Pride has to come from within you and stay with you, no matter what people say."
Huh?
Frankie crossed her arms and looked away.”
Lisi Harrison, Monster High

Molly Peacock
“But if a role model in her seventies isn't layered with contradictions - as we all come to be - then what good is she? Why bother to cut the silhouette of another's existence and place it against our own if it isn't as incongruous, ambiguous, inconsistent, and paradoxical as our own lives are?”
Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

Raheel Farooq
“Intelligence is to spot paradoxes. Wisdom is to live by them.”
Raheel Farooq

Jonathan Kieran
“I'm a kindhearted but highly competitive pragmatist. When I seek to win something, I always make certain it's never at the expense of anything more serious than the inadequate efforts of others.”
Jonathan Kieran

Nema Al-Araby
“A deeper thought on the surface is exactly the paradox we need.”
Nema Al-Araby

Brian Spellman
“Paradoxes only stump sane people. Nuts have irrational on our side.”
Brian Spellman, Psych Ward Cyrano

Ron Brackin
“If wool shrinks when you wash it, why don't sheep get smaller when it rains?”
Ron Brackin

Henry T. Finck
“Love is such a tissue of paradoxes, and exists in such endless variety of forms and shades that you may say almost anything about it that you please, and it is likely to be correct.”
Henry T. Finck

Julia Fierro
“the fighting machines that kept the country safe, and, the coffers full.”
Julia Fierro, The Gypsy Moth Summer

Raheel Farooq
“Paradoxes are less paradoxical in their reference to truth than most of the most plausible axioms.”
Raheel Farooq

“So for me the essence of life is very simple. It is just this, awareness that allows us to trust in our own truths (without feeling any need to convince others), living gracefully amidst the chaos, maintaining a sense of balance (not being pulled around by the supposed opposites or false paradoxes), and being able to choose how we direct our lives.”
Julia Woodman, No Paradox - Living Both In and Outside Of the Matrix: Through Consciously Evolving Our Consciousness [ Theory, Exploration, Tools ]

Margaret Peterson Haddix
“Somehow this change was even scarier than all the people downstairs, because Jordan could have an identical twin; there could be kids who looked like his parents' childhood pictures.
The bunk beds were impossible.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix

Deyth Banger
“We are Surrounded by Paradoxes and Questions!”
Deyth Banger

Henna Inam
“Authenticity is not possible without embracing the “and” within us. Our minds like to categorize things into neatly labeled boxes. Am I right, or is she right? Let’s stretch our minds to I can be right and so can she. Embracing the “and” is like yoga for the brain. When we train ourselves to hold paradoxes by stretching ourselves out of the boxes our minds create, we stretch into new possibilities and adapt more quickly in a fast-changing world.”
Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“It's funny how the ugly duckling always has so many beautiful things to teach us.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

Robert Benchley
“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who do not.”
Robert Benchley

Mark Speed
“It would distort markets. Besides, if I bought a load of gold when I thought the price was going up, then it would drive up the price at that point. When I came to sell in the future it would depress the price. Thus, I wouldn't make the killing I thought I would, would I?"
"Yeah, but futures contracts."
"Same thing, dear boy."
"Art, then."
"If I bought Constable's Hay Wain direct from the artist it wouldn't have the same cachet as it does today. The absence of that piece from the market might mean that all of his work was devalued."
"Yeah, but you could bring another piece back."
"Ah, then the paint and canvas wouldn't age correctly. For older objets d'art, the carbon dating would show it was younger than it should be. Sorry, Kevin. You're not going to get rich by temporal smuggling or speculation.”
Mark Speed, Doctor How and the Illegal Aliens

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