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.
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
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.
The world is a globe — the farther you sail, the closer to home you are.
You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see.
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshipping.
If you can't solve a problem, it's because you're playing by the rules
The words of truth are always paradoxical. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
That government is best which governs least.
If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.
The hardest thing in photography is to create a simple image.
For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.
He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.
And now, any of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.
It sounds paradoxical to say the attainment of scientific truth has been effected, to a great extent, by the help of scientific errors.
Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.
I want to learn how to hold the paradoxical poles of my identity together, to embrace the profoundly opposite truths that my sense of self is deeply dependent on others dancing with me and that I still have a sense of self when no one wants to dance.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
After you get what you want you don't want it.
So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
The words of truth are always paradoxical.
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