The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.— Carl Rogers
Revolutionary Paradoxical quotations
I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism .
Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment.
It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.
If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
- Paradox: Life is a mystery; don't waste your time trying to figure it out. - Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure - Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.
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 less you try to impress, the more impressive you are.
The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious.
Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes.
Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues.
It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial "ships that pass in the night." As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever.
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.
When we destroy something crated by man we call it vandalism but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress.
It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.
The cherished dream of every chessplayer is to play a match with the World Champion. But here is the paradox: the closer you come to the realization of this goal, the less you think about it.
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.
On the one hand, we all want to be happy.
On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don't do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy. This is the paradox of happiness that has bewitched our age.
Between memory and reality there are awkward discrepancies.
Here is the paradox of Christian living. We must give up control of self to gain self control.
The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.
Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
A favorite Wired icon for the information feedback loop, a dragon curling in a circle to swallow its own tail, could become more apt as a symbol of the timeless libertarian paradox: Monopoly verging on feudalism emerges from unregulated competition to bite libertarianism in the posterior.
If you can't solve a problem, it's because you're playing by the rules
We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone.
We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full.
After you get what you want you don't want it.
The more I consider the condition of the white men, the more fixed becomes my opinion that, instead of gaining, they have lost much by subjecting themselves to what they call the laws and regulations of civilized socieities.
Leadership is an elusive concept, hard to describe and impossible to prescribe.
It is more evident in its absence, so that when leadership is needed, its lack is sorely felt.
Being disguised under the disfigurement of an ugly crucifixion and death, the Christ upon the cross is paradoxically the clearest revelation of who God is.