A Quote by Charles Caleb Colton on men, paradox, and pride

There is this paradox in pride - it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.

Charles Colton (c.1780 - 1832)

Source: wrote Lacon,,2 volumes of aphorisms

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A Quote by Carl Sandburg on earth, heart, mankind, mind, paradox, and peace

Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is as hard as a rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect.

Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Source: address to joint session,Congress on Abraham Lincoln's 150th birthday, 1959, Cong.Record, vol. 105, p. 2265.

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A Quote by C. E. M. Joad on acting, faith, familiarity, ignorance, knowledge, paradox, reason, religion, rest, trust, truth, understanding, universe, and words

Intellect can light up only a small area of the universe. For my part, I should subscribe to the familiar paradox that the more we know, the more we are conscious of our ignorance - the further the intellect has traveled, the smaller it seems relatively to the distance still to be traveled... The intellect does, indeed, take us part of the way; we have no other mode of conveyance; and, in taking us as far as it does, it justifies us in taking the rest on trust... In following the religious account of the universe beyond the point at which it leaves reason behind, and trusting to it as an explanation of the many things that pass our understanding, we are accepting on faith conclusions which are not demonstrated by reason. In other words, we are acting as if a hypothesis were true, which, at the moment, at which we act upon it, is still a hypothesis and not a truth. Nevertheless, it is, I suggest, knowledge, the knowledge which we possess already and which reason has won for us, that makes it reasonable to do so.

C. E. M. Joad

Source: The Recovery of Belief

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief, paradox, philosophy, simplicity, and worth

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 (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on education, facts, freedom, intelligence, obstacles, paradox, and thought

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on ideas, paradox, and science

Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: W.H.Auden & L.Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, NY: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Benjamin Peirce on paradox, truth, and understanding

After proving Euler's formula e^i = -1 in a lecture: Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it is the truth.

Benjamin Peirce (1809 - 1880)

Source: Quoted in E. Kasner and J. Newman, Mathematics and the Imagination, New York 1940

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on age, complaints, death, disappointment, envy, force, hope, paradox, posterity, reason, present, time, and truth

That praises are without reason lavished on the dead, and that the honours due only to are paid to antiquity, is a complaint likely to be always continued by those who, being able to add nothing to truth, hope for eminence from the heresies of paradox; or those who, being forced by disappointment upon consolatory expedients, are willing to hope from posterity what the present age refuses, and flatter themselves that the regard which is yet denied by envy will be at last bestowed by time.

Ben Jonson

Source: Jonson, Preface to Shakespeare

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A Quote by Barry Lopez on answers, awareness, compassion, life, light, paradox, questions, self, and stage

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself?  If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.  One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.  There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.  You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

Barry Lopez

Source: Arctic Dreams

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A Quote by Arnold Toynbee on ambition, goals, life, paradox, and principles

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 (1852 - 1883)

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