30 examples of paradox

A paradox is a literary or rhetorical figure that consists of an idea of ​​apparent logical contradiction that, however, embodies a certain meaning and coherence. Let’s know some examples.

Paradoxes in popular sayings

  • At home blacksmith, wooden knife.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  • Dress me slowly, I’m in a hurry.
  • Less is more.
  • Easy Come Easy Go.
  • Cheap is expensive.
  • Much ado About Nothing.
  • Love is a bad neighbor, and there is no worse for it.
  • It is conspicuous by its absence.
  • Well does he who does not play.

Paradoxes in famous phrases

  • I only know that I know nothing. Socrates
  • The heart has reasons that reason does not understand. Blaise Pascal
  • If you long for peace, prepare for war. Publio Flavio Vegecio
  • Forbidden to forbid. Sorbonne Revolution, May 1968
  • Western man loses health to earn money and then loses money to regain his health. Attributed to the Dalai Lama
  • Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Matthew 16, 25
  • Thus, the last will be first and the first last. Matthew 20, 16
  • Whoever becomes small like this child will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18, 4

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Paradoxes in literature

I give advice, old man:
never follow my advice.
Antonio Machado

No good deed goes unpunished.
Oscar Wilde

The best way to get rid of temptation is to fall into it.
Oscar Wilde

Live: -Know how to die; This is how
this unfortunate search afflicts me , this fierce good,
and the whole Being in my soul is reflected,
and searching without faith, I die of faith .
Jose Marti

I live without living in myself,
and so high life I hope
that I die because I do not die .
Attributed to Santa Teresa de Ávila

seem wants the boldness of your crazy opinion
the boy who puts the coconut
and then is afraid of it.

Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

What humor can be stranger
than that which, lacking advice,
he himself tarnishes the mirror
and feels it is not clear?

Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

Four billion
my neighbors on earth,
four billion
and me alone on my roof .
Gloria Fuertes

Oh, natural love! How good and bad,
In good and bad I praise and condemn you
And with life and death I equal:
You are a subject, bad and good,
O good to the one who loves you for a gift,
And bad to the one who loves you by poison.
Lope de Vega

How well I know the fountain that flows and runs,
although it is at night!
Its clarity is never darkened
and I know that all light from it is come
even though it is night
Saint John of the Cross

Why, since you have wounded
this heart, did you not heal him?
And, because you stole from me,
why did you leave him like that,
and you don’t take the robbery that you stole?

Saint John of the Cross

I was so imbued,
so absorbed and oblivious,
that my sense
of all private feeling remained ,
and the spirit endowed
with an understanding not understanding .
all science transcending.
Saint John of the Cross


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