„A society, in the process of moving forward, often appears to be tearing itself apart. Certainly, an age of rapid change, such as ours, produces many paradoxes. But perhaps the most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.“

Writing in Saturday Review (23 October 1971), p. 16
1970s

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Earl Warren
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„The Paradox of Our Time is one of many stories that has been forwarded around the internet and attributed to Carlin, but is actually by Bob Moorehead.“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

"Don't Blame Me", Georgecarlin.com (official website), 2012-09-09 http://www.georgecarlin.com/home/dontblame.html,
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„Among the many paradoxes of human life, this is perhaps the most peculiar and consequential: We often behave in ways that are guaranteed to make us unhappy.“

—  Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967

Many of us spend our lives marching with open eyes toward remorse, regret, guilt, and disappointment. And nowhere do our injuries seem more casually self-inflicted, or the suffering we create more disproportionate to the needs of the moment, than in the lies we tell to other human beings. Lying is the royal road to chaos.
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„We have already mentioned what may, perhaps, appear paradoxical to some of our readers, — that the division of labour can be applied with equal success to mental as to mechanical operations, and that it ensures in both the same economy of time.“

—  Charles Babbage, On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures

Quelle: On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures, 1832/1841, p. 191; Ch. 20. "On the division of mental labour"

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„Our military and our nation are entering another period of consequences – a time of rapid change and momentous choices.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

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„Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.“

—  Anne Morrow Lindbergh American aviator and author 1906 - 2001

The Wave of the Future (1940)

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„The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and … often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.“

—  Václav Havel, buch Disturbing the Peace

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„Paradox is the technique for seizing the conflicting aspects of any problem. Paradox coalesces or telescopes various facets of a complex process in a single instant.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

Quelle: 1970s, Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), p. 106

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„Irony is a form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Aphorism 48, as translated in Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms (1968), p. 151

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„Technology is both a tool for helping humans and for destroying them. This is the paradox of our times which we're compelled to face.“

—  Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986

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„Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.“

—  Emil M. Cioran, buch Lehre vom Zerfall

A Short History of Decay (1949)

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„That is the paradox of the epidemic: that in order to create one contagious movement, you often have to create many small movements first.“

—  Malcolm Gladwell journalist and science writer 1963

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„The secular state is the guarantee of religious pluralism. This apparent paradox, again, is the simplest and most elegant of political truths.“

—  Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011

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