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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Paradox
 
    For thence,—a paradox
    Which comforts while it mocks,—
Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
    What I aspired to be,
    And was not, comforts me:
A brute I might have been, but would not sink i’ the scale.
        Robert Browning—Rabbi-Ben-Ezra. St. 7.
  1
  Then there is that glorious Epicurean paradox, uttered by my friend, the Historian, in one of his flashing moments: “Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.”
        Holmes—The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. VI.
  2
These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i’ the alehouse.
        Othello. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 139.
  3
You undergo too strict a paradox,
Striving to make an ugly deed look fair.
        Timon of Athens. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 24.
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  The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
        Bishop South—Sermons.
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