I may be a little late to view this post but I quite enjoyed it. I love literary devices and what they’re able to acheive in word play. Some of these are really great
What is a Paradox?
According to the Oxford dictionary, a paradox is a noun that has two meanings:
1. A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.
2. A person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities.
I love paradoxes because they are sometimes funny and usually also quite insightful. Listening to the audiobook version of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu was like listening to one paradox after another. This was especially surprising to me, because it is an ancient book of wisdom. So a great paradox is much more than just a cliche, even though it can appear like that over time. Below is a list of some of my favourites, starting with one from the Tao Te Ching:
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings” – Lao Tzu
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