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The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.
The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.
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.
You can rot here without feeling it.
'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, and after one hour more twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, and then from hour to hour we rot and rot. and thereby hangs a tale.
No one every suddenly became depraved.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
The idea, therefore, that religious faith is somehow a sacred human conventionâ€”distinguished, as it is, both by the extravagance of its claims and by the paucity of its evidenceâ€”is really too great a monstrosity to be appreciated in all its glory. Religious faith represents so uncompromising a misuse of the power of our minds that it forms a kind of perverse, cultural singularityâ€”a vanishing point beyond which rational discourse proves impossible.
The portions of a woman which appeal to man's depravity Are constructed with considerable care.
Herbert, A. P.
Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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