“A drop of ink may make a million think.” -George Gordon Byron
paragon: [par-uh-gon] (n) 1. a person or thing regarded as a model of excellence. 2. a person or thing regarded as the prime example of a particular quality or virtue
in a sentence: As a paragon of freedom, the U.S. surprisingly incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world. (International Centre for Prison Studies)
paradox: [par-uh-dahks] (n) something that can be true and untrue at the same time; or something that may sound ridiculous but actually makes logical sense, and the other way around
in a sentence: Let’s say you have a time machine and traveled back in time to the moment before your parents met each other. Just before their paths cross, you pop out of your time machine, blast them with water balloons, causing them to run home to change their wet clothes and never meet at all. So, if your parents never meet, you wouldn’t have been born to build the time machine to travel back and blast them with the water balloons and stop them from meeting. That’s a paradox!