Paradox Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old paradox quotes, paradox sayings, and paradox proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.     

Plato

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.     

Eric Hoffer

Only you can take responsibility for your happiness..but you can't do it alone. It's the great paradox of being human.     

Simon Sinek

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 paradox of simplicity is that making things simpler is hard work     

Bill Jensen

To live fully, one must be free, but to be free one must give up security. Therefore, to live one must be ready to die. How's that for a paradox?     

Tom Robbins

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.     

Galileo Galilei

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.     

Lao Tzu

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.     

John Stuart Mill

Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions     

Charles Caleb Colton

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.     

Erica Jong

In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two.     

Erich Fromm

A fear of weakness only strengthens weakness.     

Criss Jami

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.     

George Eliot

When a paradox is widely believed, it is no longer recognized as a paradox     

Mason Cooley

The paradox is that when resistance is fully accepted, the resistance disappears     

Adyashanti

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.     

Rabindranath Tagore

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.     

George Bernard Shaw

Paradox with him was only truth standing on its head to attract attention     

Earl Warren

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.     

Niels Bohr

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

The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind's eye.     

Shana Alexander

The way I feel about music is that there is no right and wrong. Only true and false.     

Fiona Apple

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.     

William Hazlitt

I'm not offended until you think I'm offended.     

Criss Jami

The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity.     

Soren Kierkegaard

Men have two greatest fears: the first fear is the fear of being needed, and the second fear is the fear of not being needed.     

C. JoyBell C.

Paradox is the pathos or the passion of philosophy.     

Gilles Deleuze

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. 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.     

Jack London

Life is a paradox, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't     

Nancy Cartwright