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Paradox Notebook

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I sent the club a wire stating, ‘Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.’
– Groucho Marx

All generalizations are false, including this one.
– Mark Twain

Just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
– The Bladder

When he discovered virtue, he gave vice a dirty name.
– Austin Lounge Lizards

The messiah will come when he is no longer needed.
– Franz Kafka

When you are everywhere, you are nowhere / When you are somewhere, you are everywhere.
– Rumi

Wisdom is the power to play with opposites.
– Robert Assagioli

We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunity.
– Pogo

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.
Claud Cockburn

The more we know, the more we discover our ignorance. And when it comes to turning knowledge into power, we are playing catch up.
– Harrison Owen, The Practice of Peace

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
– Yogi Berra

The road to success is always under construction.
– Lily Tomlin

Less is more
– Popular expression

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.
– Lewis Carroll

The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
– Thomas Carlyle

It takes a long time to become young.
– Pablo Picasso

I shut my eyes in order to see.
– Paul Gauguin

Alas, I know if I ever became truly humble, I would be proud of it.
– Ben Franklin

Travel and travellers are two things I loathe … and yet here I am, all set to tell the story of my expeditions.
– Claude Levi-Strauss

How can there be so much unemployment in a world where so much work needs to be done?
Matthew Fox, Original Blessing

No fighting in the war room!
– Dr. Strangelove

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
– Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
– Oscar Wilde

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
– Shakespeare, As You Like It

Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.
– Yogi Berra

Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Todos saben que debemos trabajar en equipo pero pocos lo quieren. (Everyone knows we should work together but few want to.)
– Conversation

I hate bitter people.
– Conversation with organic farmer

Can a NASCAR fan be an ecotourist?
– Conversation

How do we talk about what we do not talk about?
– Conversation

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought unless it be the entire absence of thought.
– Samuel Butler

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
– Walt Disney

Being alone is the best way to be. When I’m by myself nobody else can say goodbye.
– Eddie Brickel, The Circle

Please respond if you do not receive this message.
– Private email

Any company large enough to have a research lab is too large to listen to it.
– Alan Kay

Only the ephemeral is of lasting value.

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides.
– Arthur Schnabel

You can’t win if you enter.
– Tourism award promotion (presumably with typo)

A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.
– George Wald

There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another great truth.
– Niels Bohr

If you can remember the 60s, then you weren’t there.
– Timothy Leary

We can’t leave the haphazard to chance.
– N. F. Simpson

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
– Pablo Picasso

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
– C.W. Ceran

No man is free who cannot command himself.
– Pythagoras

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
– Jonathan Swift

The little I know I owe to my ignorance.
– Private conversation

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
– Peter F. Drucker.

For fast acting relief try slowing down.
– Lily Tomlin

Can’t get no satisfaction
– Rolling Stones

It doesn’t get better than this.
– Beer commercial

The uncertainty about what I and the patient are there for, is what we are there for.
– James Hillman

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison

You have two good eyes but still don’t see.
– Grateful Dead

Change is the only constant!
– I Ching

Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
– Chuang Tzu

I hate quotations, tell me what you know.
– Emerson

Nothing endures but change.
– Heraclitus

To be an actor, you’ve got to be honest. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
– George Burns

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

We love the rules to break the rules.
– Conversation

Recommended Listening
Richard Rohr: Priest of Paradox – Paradox is at the heart of reality, says Franciscan Priest Fr Richard Rohr, but we’re just too wedded to our egos to embrace it. Falling Upward his bestselling guide to the benefits of failure as a starting point for spiritual growth is now followed by his collected reflections, Yes, and… In a wide ranging discussion, Richard Rohr addresses many aspects of the spiritual life including whether one needs to be religious to be mystical, or whether contemplatives are just plain introverts.


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