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A pithy (公案) saying used as a type of verbal Logic Bomb meant to short-circuit logical thinking and force the listener into deep contemplation outside of the framework of words. Koans technically have their origins in Taoism although the term is from Zen Buddhism which they are most commonly associated with. Similar logic-breaking aphorisms exist in other mystical and non-mystical traditions as well.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A superficial or poorly considered epigram of this type runs the risk of becoming Meaningless Meaningful Words. If this is done intentionally it's Ice-Cream Koan. Has nothing to do with the Sailor Moon character of the same name. For a smart/wise/enlightened character who speaks entirely in those, see Proverbial Wisdom.
Not to be confused with a kaon or K-meson, a subatomic particle.
Contrast Puff of Logic. See also Meditation Powerup.
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