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Richard Wilbur Quotes and Sayings

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What is the opposite of two? A lonely me,
a lonely you.
- Richard Wilbur

To this congress the poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things,
but of what in himself is most common,
most anonymous, most fundamental, most true of all men.
- Richard Wilbur

It is true that the poet does not directly address his neighbors;
but he does address a great congress of persons who
dwell at the back of his mind,
a congress of all those who have taught him and whom he has admired;
they constitute his ideal audience and his better self.
- Richard Wilbur

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

 

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

Marriage resembles a pair of shears,
so joined that they cannot be separated;
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
- May Sarton

Never were two people more opposite in sentiment than my companions.
- William Hamilton Maxwell

I had done my first picture and I didn't have anything to do for awhile.
I was asked to come back to New York and do Bus Stop
in the role of the cowboy opposite Kim Stanley.
- Dick York

Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
- Gertrude Stein

Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite.
Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.
- Quentin Crisp

Not far from our house, and opposite the old church with the golden cross,
stood a large building, even larger than the church,
and having many towers.
- Max Muller

Christianity has not conquered nationalism;
the opposite has been the case nationalism has made
Christianity its footstool.
- Arthur Keith

What is wanted is not the will to believe,
but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,
and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program
and we need to cut welfare.
Just the opposite!
We need more welfare and fewer jobs.
- Jerry Brown

A blue dog, you know, is the opposite of a yellow dog.
And a yellow dog was somebody who was willing to follow
his party even when he knew it was wrong.
- Mike Thompson

Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived
to be constant companions.
- Pierre Charron

But Contra la Puerta was done mostly in the opposite way,
starting with sounds and melodies.
- Jim Coleman

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side
of the scale from touring.
They balance me out creatively.
- Tommy Shaw

The wise have always said the same things,
and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

In horror movies today it's lots of fast cut shot and
lots of loud noises on the soundtrack.
I tried to do the opposite.
Playing with silence for instance.
- Alejandro Amenabar

While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
- Horace

And then also I think it's harder for women because
comedy is so opposite of being ladylike.
- Wanda Sykes

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age,
but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth
and age are equally a burden.
- Plato

With While You Were Sleeping, it was so much fun and such a Cinderella story,
that I didn't want to do another romantic comedy.
I wanted to do the opposite.
- Bill Pullman

I think that often times Hollywood panders to the cliches of small town life,
specifically Southern small town life,
and I think that this movie does the opposite.
- Josh Lucas

People think our music's very aggressive or angry or whatever,
and it's just the opposite, really...
I like laughing.
And I like being really calm before a show,
and smiley.
- Serj Tankian

I'm nothing more than what you actually see,
but I am also the complete opposite.
- Keren Ann

The comic is the perception of the opposite;
humor is the feeling of it.
- Umberto Eco

A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
- Thomas Mann

My problem with interviews, one day I'll think one thing,
and the next day I'll think the exact opposite.
- Skeet Ulrich

It's my first record since my son is old enough to
understand and I can't even show it to him.
Yes, it's affected me, probably in the opposite of
how anyone would have thought.
- Paul Westerberg

Lovers have a way of using this word,
nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.
- Honore de Balzac

Quite the opposite.
I might fall on my face, but I feel born again.
- Richard Foreman

For a traveler going from any place toward the north,
that pole of the daily rotation gradually climbs higher,
while the opposite pole drops down an equal amount.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

You set up a story and it turns inside out and that is,
for me, the most exciting sort of story to write.
The viewer thinks it's going to be about something
and it does the opposite.
- Nigel Kneale

I know quite a few farmers all over the United States
who have tried this and have said the opposite,
that they have to use more herbicides,
not less.
The same holds true with BT.
- Jeremy Rifkin

We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives.
It's supposed to help us communicate,
but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.
- Tracy Chapman

I have never acted he has never been cast in a romantic
lead or has been cast opposite a female love interest
in any movie he starred in.
- Morgan Freeman

A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.
- Elizabeth Fishel

It always amazed me that he was able to do it,
and that Orson Welles was able to do it.
I never understood it because the talents are absolutely opposite -
polar opposites.
- Mark Rydell

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation,
namely an imitation of its opposite.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

In my experience it's not essential to get on with
the person that you're acting opposite.
- Hugh Dancy

I've made an odd discovery.
Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that
happiness is no longer a possibility.
Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

The opposite of a fact is falsehood,
but the opposite of one profound truth may very well
be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

Well, now we have exactly the same situation as at
the beginning of the race,
only exactly opposite.
- Murray Walker

There's more to light than the opposite of dark.
- Ric Ocasek

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
- Robert Anthony

Agitate!
Agitate!
Ought to be the motto of every reformer.
Agitation is the opposite of stagnation -
the one is life,
the other death.
- Ernestine L. Rose

Also, I have found that I really like to work in English.
It's very strange because it's exactly the opposite
of what I thought it would be like.
- Olivier Martinez

If someone gives you so-called good advice,
do the opposite; you can be sure it will be the right
thing nine out of 10 times.
- Anselm Feuerbach

What a thrill it was to play opposite Maurice Evans in this brilliant,
dazzling musical, based on the life of two of the greatest
personalities in stage history.
- Dinah Sheridan


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