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

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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

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

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

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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 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

Faith is not contrary to reason.
- Sherwood Eddy


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal;
While others,
on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting,
at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
- Herodotus

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

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

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

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

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality.
On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one.
- David Herbert Lawrence

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

Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step -
it is an old business procedure.
- Fran Lebowitz

If you follow reason far enough it always leads to
conclusions that are contrary to reason.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary,
error is often more earnest than truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.
The only completely consistent people are dead.
- Aldous Huxley

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

You could think of extraordinary examples to the contrary:
The Grapes of Wrath...
and even into the 70s.
- Charlton Heston

Extreme complication is contrary to art.
- Claude Debussy

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

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

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

On the contrary, woman is the best equipped fighting
machine that ever went to battle.
- Richard Le Gallienne

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

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

Relativism is not indifference; on the contrary,
passionate indifference is necessary in order for you
not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees.
- Karel Capek

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

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

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

Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to
the description of society as it should be,
and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.
- Benjamin Tucker

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

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

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

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

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

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

And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion,
which is that our global economy is out of control
and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics.
- David Korten

Because we fear the responsibility for our actions,
we have allowed ourselves to develop the mentality of slaves.
Contrary to the stirring sentiments of the Declaration of Independence,
we now pledge "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor"
not to one another for our mutual protection, but to the state,
whose actions continue to exploit, despoil, and destroy us.
- Butler D. Shaffer

This disaster did not force us to abandon our ideal;
on the contrary,
from the very first months of the conflict,
it led us to define precisely the conditions for its realization.
- Leon Jouhaux

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

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

Contrary to popular belief, Americans don't hate advertising.
- Roy H. Williams

When we long for life without difficulties,
remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and
diamonds are made under pressure.
- Peter Marshall

I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom,
that it's more interesting to have an album -
or,
indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity.
- Peter Hammill

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

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided.
a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world,
and the course of human history, have meaning.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Hence we did not foster competition in our school,
on the contrary.
- Dora Russell

Contrary to what most people think, there is a Rich Daley under Mayor Daley.
- William M. Daley

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

Faith is not contrary to the usual ideas,
something that turns out to be right or wrong,
like a gambler's bet.
- Joanna Russ

Leadership is particularly necessary to ensure ready
acceptance of the unfamiliar and that which is contrary to tradition.
- Cyril Falls

It is not cowardly, quite the contrary,
to seek to meet the adversary and know his intentions.
However, it is cowardly, shameful and treasonable to lay down arms.
- King Hassan II

We need less posturing and more genuine charisma.
Charisma was originally a religious term,
meaning "of the spirit" or "inspired."
It's about letting God's light shine through us.
It's about a sparkle in people that money can't buy.
It's an invisible energy with visible effects.
To let go, to just love, is not to fade into the wallpaper.
Quite the contrary, it's when we truly become bright.
We're letting our own light shine.
- Marianne Williamson

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

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

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save
through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved.
And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
- Thomas Aquinas

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

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

When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them;
when we see men of a contrary character,
we should turn inward and examine ourselves.
- Gustave Courbet

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


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