Contrary Quotes

โ€œSometimes, contrary to Marx, history repe...

โ€œSometimes, contrary to Marx, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then not as farce but as tragedy again.โ€ -- George Will (2018)
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"Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that fr...

"Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first." โ€” Peter Ustinov
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A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues o...

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.-Niccolo Machiavelli
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"When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submi...

"When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help." --Leo Tolstoy
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"Have no respect for the authority of ...

"Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found." - Bertrand Russell
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"My solitude doesnโ€™t depend on the presence or absence of p...

"My solitude doesnโ€™t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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"She dreams on him that has forgot her love; You dote on her that ca...

"She dreams on him that has forgot her love; You dote on her that cares not for your love. 'Tis pity love should be so contrary; And thinking on it makes me cry "alas"! - William Shakespeare, Gentleman of Verona
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"I used to think i was serving humanity and i pleasured in the...

"I used to think i was serving humanity and i pleasured in the thought. Then i discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary, it resents any attempt to serve it." -Jubal
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For we are made of co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the r...

For we are made of co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away. โ€” Marco Aurelio
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Imagination grows by exercise, and contrar...

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. -W. Somerset Maugham
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โ€œPatience is not passive....

โ€œPatience is not passive. On the contrary, itโ€™s concentrated strength.โ€ -Bruce Lee
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โ€œViolence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, an...

โ€œViolence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.โ€ -Mr. Dubois, *Starship* *Troopers*
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"Love is not a matter of getting what you want. Quite the contrary....

"Love is not a matter of getting what you want. Quite the contrary. The insistence on always having what you want, on always being satisfied, on always being fulfilled, makes love impossible." - Thomas Merton
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"When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not subm...

"When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one; on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help." โ€” Leo Tolstoy
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"Overusing the word 'fascism' does not create a hostile reaction against it, in contrary,...

"Overusing the word 'fascism' does not create a hostile reaction against it, in contrary, it makes it fascinating for many bastards in search of a simple asnwer. Whoever appropriates this word only risks amplifying neofascism, instead of fighting against it" - Emilio Gentile
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The proper method for hastening the decay of error, is not, by brute force, or by regu...

The proper method for hastening the decay of error, is not, by brute force, or by regulation which is one of the classes of force, to endeavour to reduce men to intellectual uniformity; but on the contrary by teaching every man to think for himself. WILLIAM GODWIN
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"You see you wouldn't ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On t...

"You see you wouldn't ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love its will to reach the sun. Well; we are the roses, this is the concrete, and these are my damaged petals." - Tupac Shakur
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"When we see men of a contrary ...

"When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves." -Confucious
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"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, h...

"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention." -Aldous Huxley
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"โ€œToo much consistency is as bad for the mind as it is for th...

"โ€œToo much consistency is as bad for the mind as it is for the body. Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.โ€ โ€” Aldous Huxley
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"There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance a...

"There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion." -Lord Acton
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"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the co...

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." - John Stuart Mill
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"Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education...

"Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential; but a little learning is by no means a dangerous thing in good company; on the contrary, it will do very well." - Jane Austen
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"Unmeasured vituperation, employed on the side of prevai...

"Unmeasured vituperation, employed on the side of prevailing opinion, really does deter people from expressing contrary opinions, and from listening to those who express them."
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"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he...

"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention." - Aldous Huxley
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When a test has no known benefit, even a small risk of harm tips the balance. ...

When a test has no known benefit, even a small risk of harm tips the balance. Contrary to popular belief, a test can hurt.โ€”Rita Redberg, M.D., professor of medicine and cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center
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"Exactly because s/he destroys the old trinity of stateโ€“nationโ€“territory...

"Exactly because s/he destroys the old trinity of stateโ€“nationโ€“territory, the refugee, an apparently marginal figure, deserves on the contrary to be considered the central figure of our own political history" - Agamben, 1993
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"never say or do anythi...

"never say or do anything contrary to your over all intentions." - unknown.
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"When we long for life without difficulties, rem...

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." โ€“ Peter Marshall
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I always disagree, however, when people end up saying that we can only combat Communism, Fa...

I always disagree, however, when people end up saying that we can only combat Communism, Fascism or what not if we develop an equal fanaticism. It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
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"It is a good thing to know something of the customs and manners of various peoples in order to...

"It is a good thing to know something of the customs and manners of various peoples in order to judge of our own more objectively and so not think everything which is contrary to our ways is ridiculous and irrational, as those who have seen nothing are in the habit of doing."- Rene Descartes
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โ€œConsistency is contrary to nature, co...

โ€œConsistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.โ€ --Aldous Huxley
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Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't be...

Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It's where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more. -- Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
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"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of...

"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example." -- Niccolo Machiavelli
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"Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that fr...

"Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first." - Peter Ustinov
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"Faith in God means believing in something absolutely with no proof w...

"Faith in God means believing in something absolutely with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers." - Joss Whedon
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"They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to a...

"They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience.โ€ ~ Giordano Bruno
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"I'm a woman, Mary. I c...

"I'm a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose." - the Dowager Countess
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"We can only hope that, contrary to ...

"We can only hope that, contrary to surface amnesia, all we've read is still within us somewhere." -Alain de Botton
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"They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to a...

"They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience." ~ Giordano Bruno
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