Confused? Let’s try again, this time, with an example.
If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.” ~ Alexander Smith
The first time you read the sentence given above, you’ll probably pass it off as a joke of some sort because secrets are meant to be hidden, by the very meaning of the word. But on reading it again, you’ll realize, that it does make sense. How often have we seen that things hidden in plain sight are the least likely to be spotted easily. Once we know that something is a secret, it is human nature to think that it must be concealed in a place where no one can find it. We never look at the most obvious place because we believe that it cannot be ‘hidden’ there. The sentence given above means exactly that, thus making it one of the good literary examples of paradox.