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paradox
used in The Magic Mountain

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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
  • And we want to avoid paradoxes, particularly if we are to live with our hero.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (4% in)
  • To the average person, the idea of a sick physician remains a paradox, a problematical phenomenon.
    4.7 - Doubts and Considerations (56% in)
  • But one can't speak of boredom, because boredom comes with the passing of time— and that would be a paradox in relation to eternity.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (4% in)
  • Our conversation that day— I believe we were out walking—was about sickness and stupidity; and out of a respect for illness, you declared the combination of the two a paradox.
    5.1 - Eternal Soup and Sudden Clarity (87% in)
  • [Now that's a paradox.
    5.3 - Freedom (39% in)
  • I despise paradoxes.
    5.3 - Freedom (40% in)
  • You may assume that everything I said about irony also applies to paradoxes, and more besides.
    5.3 - Freedom (40% in)
  • Paradox is the poison flower of quietism, the iridescent sheen of a putrefied mind, the greatest depravity of all.
    5.3 - Freedom (40% in)
  • I must insist that you not hide behind reservations and paradoxes, that you confess clearly and unambiguously that you are the blackest reactionary.
    6.3 - The City of God and Evil Deliverance (72% in)
  • Whether due to his general bent for paradox or out of courtesy, he called Hegel a "Catholic" thinker; and in response to the priest's smiling question about the basis for this comment, inasmuch as Hegel was actually the state philosopher of Prussia and generally considered a Protestant, Leo had replied: the very term "state philosopher" confirmed he was correct in pointing to Hegel's Catholicity in the religious sense, if not, of course, in regard to Church dogmatics.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (10% in)
  • Perhaps there is still time, however, to ask you to take into account certain observations we have occasionally made concerning the misanthropic nature of paradoxes.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (23% in)
  • No, in this bon mot of mine, you do not see me in hot pursuit of paradoxes.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (23% in)
  • Then he said, "You deny that you are in hot pursuit of paradoxes.
    7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (26% in)

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