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  • It’s the grandfather paradox of time travel in which a man cannot travel to a time before he was born and kill his grandfather.
  • It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
    Arnold Toynbee
  • Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
    Edward Teller
  • The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
    Bertrand Russell

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  • Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
    Dr. David M. Burns
  • While to Helen the paradox became clearer and clearer. "Death destroys a man: the idea of Death saves him."
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • 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.
    London, Jack  --  The Call of the Wild
  • "Tell me, has right anything to do with the law?" I asked.
    "You have used the wrong initial consonant," he smiled in answer.
    "Might?" I queried; and he nodded his head. "And yet we are supposed to get justice by means of the law?"
    "That is the paradox of it," he countered.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • This is the great paradox.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • the ’ingenious paradox and trick’ we had witnessed that day week
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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  • all stable things had become shadowy paradoxical
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • There are roots to the tongue. You’ve seen them, and if you put your finger in your mouth you can feel them, but you can’t feel them with the tongue. It’s a paradox.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • In fact, the longer you live, the more the reality of life will seem like one great paradox.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • That is a paradox, sir.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • But the more I inspected this American image, the less sure I became of what it is. It appeared to me increasingly paradoxical,
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • "It is the human paradox," he says. "We are creative beings. But our passion to create goes hand in hand with our passion to destroy."
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • It is perhaps a paradox that without the abuse of my past, I might not be what I am today.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • A society highly paradoxical, with alarming inequities, but with the private honor of thousands of persons winking like lightning bugs through the night?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • If everyone was really having sex, then why was it paradoxically a hush-hush-whisper thing and a scream-it-online-and-in-the-cafeteria thing?
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Paradoxically, he felt as if his getting dumped was the only thing happening on the entire dark and silent planet, and also as if it weren’t happening at all.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "It’s the grandfather paradox."
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • That the cruel paradox of her parents’ lives—that their constant battles with insurance companies actually diminished her father’s health and prevented her mother from working, eliminating her ability to earn money to pay for his care—would end?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But because normals do not have a second soul, they cannot handle a time loop’s inherent paradoxes, and their brains turn to mush.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It’s the insidious, cruel paradox of lengthy sentences: for women doing seven, twelve, twenty years, the only way to survive was to accept prison as their universe.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I was sorely puzzled by the paradox that many of my contemporaries tended to shy as far away from living things as they could get, and chose to restrict themselves instead to the aseptic atmosphere of laboratories where they used dead — often very dead — animal material as their subject matter.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Paradoxically, the following day Will was in good form—unusually talkative, opinionated, belligerent.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He demonstrated the exercises of the great acting teacher Stanislavsky, he imitated Charlie Chaplin’s funny walk, and when he was reading about calculus, he explained Zeno’s paradox and the infinite series.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Perhaps the greatest paradox about understanding "the woods" is that so many who enjoy it, or seem to enjoy it, spend most of their time trying to kill parts of it.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Many Americans in Thomas Jefferson’s time felt acutely the paradox of fighting for liberty while holding other people in slavery.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • This was another of the paradoxes of Vught.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Paradoxically, the location was admirable, almost chic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He was a paradox, a walking contradiction.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Or—to quote another paradoxical gem of my dad’s: sometimes you have to lose to win.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Time paradoxes are . paradoxical.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The Salem tragedy, which is about to begin in these pages, developed from a paradox.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • So Zeno is most famous for his tortoise paradox.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It has the paradoxical and I know calculated—effect of both shrinking and augmenting the misfortune.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • They had not grown up in the paradoxes of industry.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The architect is the concrete illustration of a cosmic paradox.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Perhaps the greatest paradox concerned his feelings about money.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was a paradox.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • For Liberian parents in America, the prevalence of gangs in Clarkston—and their potential allure to young Liberian men—created a bitter paradox.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • That sounds a little paradoxical.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The feeling, a paradoxical mix of pulsing energy and profound peace, was intense and blissful.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i’ the alehouse.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • His befuddled brain grappled with the paradox unsuccessfully.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He knew how it looked: it was the great paradox of Chris Langan’s genius.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • As plausible an interpretation as this seemed, Langdon felt haunted now by a troubling paradox.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They know, therefore, that one of the ten people on the island was not a murderer in any sense of the word, and it follows, paradoxically, that that person must logically be the murderer.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
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