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Definition a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other

More rarely, paradox may refer to a statement that contradicts itself — such as "I always lie."
  • 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.
paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • paradox = a surprising situation because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • 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
  • paradoxical = a situation or statement that seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • This is the great paradox.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • "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
  • paradox = a situation that is surprising because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • all stable things had become shadowy paradoxical
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • paradoxical = seeming impossible (at least on first impression) because things that seem true contradict each other
  • In fact, the longer you live, the more the reality of life will seem like one great paradox.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • paradox = surprising because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • the 'ingenious paradox and trick' we had witnessed that day week
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • paradox = a situation that is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • That is a paradox, sir.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • 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
  • paradox = a situation that is true but is surprising because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • 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
  • paradoxical = a situation that is surprising because parts of it seem to contradict each other
  • 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
  • Some might risk the odd paradox that with more animalism he would have been the nobler man.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman

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