Quotes: contradiction

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  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas Hardy
    British writer and poet 1840-1928
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    A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise Pascal
    French physicist, mathematician and philosopher 1623-1662
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    Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
  • Ayn Rand
    Ayn Rand
    Russian Writer, Philosopher 1905-1982
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    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
    Gilbert K. Chesterton
    English writer 1874-1936
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    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
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    English writer 1874-1936
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    Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    Malcolm Muggeridge
    British Broadcaster 1903-1990
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    Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
  • Douglas Adams
    Douglas Adams
    British science-fiction writer 1952-
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    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
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.
  • Georges Bataille
    Georges Bataille
    French Novelist, Critic 1897-1962
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    I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.
  • Alfred N. Whitehead
    Alfred N. Whitehead
    English philosopher and mathematician 1861-1947
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    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.
  • 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
    Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    French essayist and philosopher 1533-1592
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    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.
  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    American criminologist and educator 1934-
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    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.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    The Christian idea of a perfect heaven that is something other than a non-existence is a contradiction in terms.
  • Benjamin Tucker
    Benjamin Tucker
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    The exercise of authority over the same area by two States is a contradiction.
    Source: Address to Unitarian Ministers
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