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Contrary Quotes and Sayings
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Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

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If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

 

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

The automobile, both a cause and an effect of this decentralization,
is ideally suited for our vast landscape and our generally
confused and contrary commuting patterns.
- Brock Yates

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

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Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives
when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
- Jimmy Carter

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

Faith is not contrary to reason.
- Sherwood Eddy

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Ground not upon dreams; you know they are ever contrary.
- Thomas Middleton

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis,
then you've made a measurement.
If the result is contrary to the hypothesis,
then you've made a discovery.
- Enrico Fermi

The submission of her body without love or desire is
degrading to the woman's finer sensibility,
all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Margaret Sanger

To sum up, there is no evidence that a world without
nuclear weapons would be a dangerous world.
On the contrary, it would be a safer world,
as I will show later.
- Joseph Rotblat

Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity.
Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage,
destructive nihilism.
- Alain Badiou

But contrary to what some people seem to think,
I was never a bully.
I was just a hard man.
- Roger Daltrey

Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin.
The contrary idea, the idea of progress,
is poison.
- Simone Weil

Not everything I do is gossip or bedroom.
To the contrary, I think that's just an easy label
to dismiss me and to dismiss the new medium.
- Matt Drudge

On the contrary, I'm a strong believer in the necessity
of imperfection coming into the film.
- Walter Salles

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy
than reason and common sense.
- Voltaire

For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is,
on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.
- Joseph Brodsky

These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French,
all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied
almost without limit and apply to all national languages.
- Edward Sapir

The Kurdish people welcome the no-fly zone protection,
contrary to the Iraqi regime that is against it.
- Jalal Talabani

On the contrary, the characteristic element of the
present situation is that economic questions have finally
and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics.
- Arthur Henderson

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -
and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
- Albert Camus

Fear and I were old buddies, despite my best efforts to the contrary.
- Peter Straub

I submit, on the other hand, most respectfully,
that the Constitution not merely does not affirm that principle,
but, on the contrary, altogether excludes it.
- William H. Seward

Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders
would like us to believe,
the world won't be made safer by creating barriers between people.
- Michael Palin

Work continuously to trim the White House staff from
your first day to your last.
All the pressures are to the contrary.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Illegal drug use runs contrary to the image of health depicted by cycling.
Distributors of these drugs must be prosecuted more
harshly as they are ciminals.
- Bernard Hinault

We do not live to think, but, on the contrary,
we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law,
from every constraint.
The wise man sees in it, on the contrary,
the potent Law of Laws.
- Walt Whitman

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill,
though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the
natural bias of our flesh.
- Jonathan Edwards

I call upon my God to judge me, he knows that I love
my friends and above all others my wife and children,
the, oppinion of the world to contrary notwithstanding.
- Stand Watie

On the contrary, it might even be a projection of what
the truth is of the Bush Administration's complacency
and ineptitude on the terrorism in its first 9 months in office.
- Sidney Blumenthal

Among the southern tribes, on the contrary,
hats were sometimes worn in the dance,
although this was not considered in strict accordance with the doctrine.
- James Mooney

Contrary to what the fans may think,
you don't just show up,
wear a striped shirt and a whistle on Friday night.
- Jim Mitchell

Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages,
I am an ardent believer in the free market.
- Barack Obama

Today we no longer regard the universe as the cause
of our own undeserved troubles but perhaps,
on the contrary, as the last refuge from the mismanagement of our earthly affairs.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes.
We should not be ashamed of that.
On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world
and should be a source of pride.
- Arthur C. Brooks

On the contrary.
Internationalism also recognizes, by its very name,
that nations do exist.
It simply limits their scope more than one-sided nationalism does.
- Christian Lous Lange

True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.
- John Petit-Senn

It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction
of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.
- David Hume

Extreme complication is contrary to art.
- Claude Debussy

There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain-the one sane,
and the other eccentric.
They alternate at regular intervals.
- Franz Schubert

No Man is richer for having his Estate all in Money,
Plate, etc.
lying by him, but on the contrary, he is for that reason the poorer.
- Dudley North

I've never thought of my characters as being sad.
On the contrary, they are full of life.
They didn't choose tragedy.
Tragedy chose them.
- Juliette Binoche

Knowledge is not simply another commodity.
On the contrary.
Knowledge is never used up.
It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Reality shows that, contrary to other countries in southern Africa,
we have no basis for a classical guerilla struggle.
We have never had a hinterland, and we do not expect to.
- Joe Slovo

Acting doesn't bring anything to a text.
On the contrary, it detracts from it.
- Elaine Dundy

The patient's autonomy always, always should be respected,
even if it is absolutely contrary - the decision is
contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.
- Jack Kevorkian

Contrary to what Kafka does, I always like to refer
all of my fictions to the level of reality,
He, on the other hand, leaves them at an imaginary level.
- Manuel Puig

Truth, like light, blinds.
Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight
that enhances every object.
- Albert Camus

I always do the contrary of what my coaches tell me.
- Bode Miller

Do not be fooled into believing that because a man
is rich he is necessarily smart.
There is ample proof to the contrary.
- Julius Rosenwald

Never walk away from failure.
On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.
- Michael Korda

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason,
and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
- Baruch Spinoza

I shall go further and say that even if an examination
of the past could lead to any valid prediction concerning man's future,
that prediction would be the contrary of reassuring.
- Julien Benda

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction,
On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
- Mark Haddon

Gold, on the contrary, though of little use compared with air or water,
will exchange for a great quantity of other goods.
- David Ricardo

If the facts are contrary to any predictions,
then the hypothesis is wrong no matter how appealing.
- David Douglass

To the contrary, I think we bent over backwards to
press for elections and for democratic reform.
- John Negroponte

It is time to recognize a simple fact of life.
Contrary to what some of my colleagues seem to believe,
tax cuts do not pay for themselves.
- George Voinovich

Miracles are not contrary to nature,
but only contrary to what we know about nature.
- Saint Augustine

It is the sincerest thing I have written,
caught by the drama of a soul struggling in the contrary
toils of love and religion -
death brought them into harmony.
- Laurence Housman

When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them;
when we see persons of a contrary character,
we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
- Confucius


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