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Opposites Quotes

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Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing
line we have drawn for it.
Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists,
other, new insights begin.
- Hermann Hesse

The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
- Andy Warhol

To contrast national solidarity and international cooperation
as two opposites seems foolish to me.
- Gustav Stresemann

The mark of a living thing is to be involved in opposites (impossibilities):
the living cell that has to be continually adapting itself to stay alive,
with its identity.
- Nicholas Mosley

 

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

Steve is very quiet, even shy.
I am very gregarious.
So, opposites.
- Jayne Meadows

Opposites may attract, but I wouldn't put my money
on a relationship of financial opposites.
- Suze Orman

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In God, the characteristics of men and women that we
admire in men and women are combined.
That's been a traditional Catholic teaching that God
is the combination of opposites.
- Andrew Greeley

My sister and I are opposites in many ways.
She is six feet tall, while I'm five feet four.
- Tracy Austin

Androgyny is not trying to manage the relationship between the opposites;
it is simply flowing between them.
- June Singer

In capitalist history, invasion and class struggle are not opposites,
as the official legend would have us believe,
but one is the means and the expression of the other.
- Karl Liebknecht

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the
lovers of their opposites.
- Marc Chagall

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
- Ayn Rand

Most people think of success and failure as opposites,
but they both are products of the same process.
- Roger von Oech

Fantasy love is much better than reality love.
Never doing it is very exciting.
The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
- Andy Warhol

It's this simple law, which every writer knows,
of taking two opposites and putting them in a room together.
I love anything with Cartman and Butters at the same time,
it's great.
- Trey Parker

Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need,
and will often accomplish that which,
their opposites, with a fortune at hand,
will fail to do.
- Clara Barton

Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely,
the other is absent.
Violence appears where power is in jeopardy,
but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
- Hannah Arendt

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness,
and truth presupposes error.
It is these mingled opposites which people our life,
which make it pungent, intoxicating.
We only exist in terms of this conflict,
in the zone where black and white clash.
- Louis Aragon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The remedy for thirst? It is the opposite of the one for a dog bite:
run always after a dog,
he'll never bite you; drink always before thirst,
and it will never overtake you.
- Francois Rabelais

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic,
but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs,
you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death,
and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully,
or you're not alive.
- Mel Brooks

I had a very diametrically opposite set of parents.
- Bill Griffith

The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is
probably one extra help from God to bring you together,
but that's it.
All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.
- Joan Chen

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

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

Whenever a situation develops to its extreme,
it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.
- Frank Capra

We are not the originators of the story.
I think it's actually the opposite when you're an actor.
You're telling somebody else's story.
- Jessica Lange

I invented my life by taking for granted that everything
I did not like would have an opposite,
which I would like.
- Coco Chanel

Peace, of course, is different from divorce;
indeed,
in essential respects, divorce is the opposite of peace.
- Douglas Feith

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

Some artists shrink from self-awareness,
fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and
even their desire to create.
The truth of the matter is quite opposite.
- James Broughton

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

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

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

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

I decided law was the exact opposite of sex;
even when it was good,
it was lousy.
- Mortimer Zuckerman

The politician is an acrobat.
He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does.
- Maurice Barres

America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true,
and the opposite is probably equally true.
- James T. Farrell

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

In society, one doesn't tell the truth,
one tells the exact opposite.
- Nelson Eddy

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

In the business world, lower profits reflect less demand for your product.
But in government the opposite is true -
demand for our services increases in hard times.
- Sonny Perdue

We're probably the opposite of the Osbournes.
We run a very tight ship.
- Hulk Hogan

I play opposite Beverly D'Angelo, and that was definitely a great time.
- Wilmer Valderrama

The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation.
- Jonathan Larson

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

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

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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