„One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical…for the paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity.“

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„Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, livro The Ethics of Ambiguity

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Contexto: Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition. They know themselves to be the supreme end to which all action should be subordinated, but the exigencies of action force them to treat one another as instruments or obstacles, as means. The more widespread their mastery of the world, the more they find themselves crushed by uncontrollable forces.

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„Tez always had warm feelings about paradoxes. It was the scientist in her.“

—  James K. Morrow (1947-) science fiction author 1947

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„All passion is lost now. The world is mediocre, limp, without force.“

—  Joseph Conrad, livro The Secret Agent

Fonte: The Secret Agent (1907), Ch. 13
Contexto: All passion is lost now. The world is mediocre, limp, without force. And madness and despair are a force. And force is a crime in the eyes of the fools, the weak and the silly who rule the roost. You are mediocre. Verloc, whose affair the police has managed to smother so nicely, was mediocre. And the police murdered him. He was mediocre. Everybody is mediocre. Madness and despair! Give me that for a lever, and I'll move the world. Ossipon, you have my cordial scorn. You are incapable of conceiving even what the fat-fed citizen would call a crime. You have no force.

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„Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove.“

—  Robert Anton Wilson, livro Prometheus Rising

Variante: Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves.
Fonte: Prometheus Rising (1983), Ch. 1 : The Thinker & The Prover, p. 28
Contexto: Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove. And if the Thinker thinks passionately enough, the Prover will prove the thought so conclusively that you will never talk a person out of such a belief, even if it is something as remarkable as the notion that there is a gaseous vertebrate of astronomical heft ("GOD") who will spend all eternity torturing people who do not believe in his religion.

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„One must not always think that feeling is everything. Art is nothing without form.“

—  Gustave Flaubert French writer (1821–1880) 1821 - 1880

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