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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Paradox
 
  These are old fond paradoxes to make fools laugh i’ the alehouse.
Shakespeare.    
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  The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
Bishop South.    
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  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.”
O. W. Holmes.    
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            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.    
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