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PARADOXES
[ Also see Epigrams Humor Jesting Nonsense ]

For thence,--a paradox
  Which comforts while it mocks,--
    Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
      What I aspired to be,
        And was not, comforts me:
          A brute I might have been, but would not sink i' the scale.
      - Robert Browning, Rabbi-Ben-Ezra (st. 7)

Then there is that glorious Epicurean paradox, uttered by my friend, the Historian in one of his flashing moments: "Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries."
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i' th' alehouse.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Desdemona at II, i)

You undergo too strict a paradox,
  Striving to make an ugly deed look fair.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (First Senator at III, v)

The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
      - Bishop Robert South, Sermons

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
      - Edward Teller


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