There is nothing we can imagine, however absurd or incredible,
that has not been maintained by one philosopher or another.
無論如何不合理, 荒謬, 荒誕, 荒唐, 無稽, 可笑, 胡鬧,
不可相信, 不可思議, 驚人, 光怪陸離:
Hegel’s dialectic contradictions are absurd, incredible, ‘grotesque in shape and gaudy in colour, bizarre and motley (Chinese saying)’. 黑格爾的辯證矛盾，光怪陸離，荒謬不可思議。
A Chinese hawker selling both spears and shields boasts to buyers of spears that his spears can pierce through any shield, and to buyers of shields that no spear can pierce his shields. Some buyer asks, ‘What will happen if one throw your spears at your shield?’ Can your spear pierce through your shield or not?’
The Chinese term for ‘contradiction’ is ‘maodun’ (spear-shield). The spear and shield hawker contradicts himself. His boast ‘My spears can pierce any shields and no spears can pierce my shields,’ is a contradiction. What he says is unreasonable, incredible, illogical, unimaginable, and cannot be true.
There is no contradiction in the universe.
KWAN Lihuen Chinese translation and comment關理煊。
Canada 加拿大 2009-09-02 draft １ 稿 172 words 字
(File: On contradictions 矛盾論)
 Opening motto quote in English in “What is Dialectic?”, Chapter 15 in Conjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper, London:: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1963, pages 312-335.