Quotes by 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
    Georges Bataille
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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.
  • W. H. Auden
    W. H. Auden
    American poet 1907-1973
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    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
    Carl von Clausewitz
    Prussian general and military 1780-1831
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    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
    Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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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.
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