Quotes by contradiction
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British writer and poet 1840-1928
A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
French physicist, mathematician and philosopher 1623-1662
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
Russian Writer, Philosopher 1905-1982
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
English writer 1874-1936
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
English writer 1874-1936
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
British Broadcaster 1903-1990
Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
British science-fiction writer 1952-
He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.
French Novelist, Critic 1897-1962
I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.
Alfred N. Whitehead
English philosopher and mathematician 1861-1947
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory.
W. H. Auden
American poet 1907-1973
It is... axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.
Carl von Clausewitz
Prussian general and military 1780-1831
Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Stubbornness and intolerance of contradiction result from a special kind of egotism, which elevates above everything else the pleasure of its autonomous intellect, to which others must bow.Source: On War (1832)
Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
French essayist and philosopher 1533-1592
One may disavow and disclaim vices that surprise us, and whereto our passions transport us; but those which by long habits are rooted in a strong and powerful will are not subject to contradiction. Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.
American criminologist and educator 1934-
That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.
English writer 1894-1963
The Christian idea of a perfect heaven that is something other than a non-existence is a contradiction in terms.
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