5. Paradoxes

Posted: 2013 年 10 月 17 日 in Logology

A paradox is a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement which when investigated may prove to be well-founded or true. In most cases, a typical paradox runs counter to what many people believe and defies logic or intuition. For example, Socrates was the wisest Athenian because he alone knew that he was ignorant.

  1. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. (Confucius)

  2. The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible. (Albert Einstein)

  3. Silence is unbearable repartee. (G.K. Chesterton)

  4. The exit is usually where the entrance was. (Stainslaw Lec)

  5. On every summit you are on the brink of an abyss. (Stainslaw Lec)

  6. We are tomorrow’s past. (Mary Webb)

Exercise 1: Please explain how the following statements get self-contradictory.

  1. People have one thing in common: they are all different. (Robert Zend)

  2. Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard. (Stainslaw Lec)

  3. The way up is also the way down. (Heraclitus)

  4. Often it is fatal to live too long. (Racine)

  5. I have made this letter longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it shorter. (Pascal)

  6. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? (Benjamin Disraeli)

  7. A mask tells us more than a face. (Oscar Wilde)

Exercise 2: Please translate the above 13 paradoxes into your native language.

  1. patty0821 說道:

    This is a wonderful practice for translation. Paradox may be one of the most interesting yet the most challenging part in translation.

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