Paradox from the Greek para "beyond" and dox "opinion. A seemingly contradictory or impossible statement. The best paradoxes are not nonsense, but just a twisted presentation of the truth. "It is so late," Lord Capulet tells a party-goer, "that we may call it early by and by." Sometimes paradox is used to highlight a transcendent truth, as in Jesus' claim that we must lose our lives in order to gain them.
One last paradox is this seemingly logical series of statements:
1. Crackers are better than nothing.
2. Ice cream is better than crackers.
3. Nothing is better than ice cream.