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Opposites Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Opposites

Please enjoy these Opposites Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

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

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

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

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

The comic is the perception of the opposite;
humor is the feeling of it.
- Umberto Eco

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses
but the actual reality is the opposite,
just many people doing things that build on eachother,
like a wall of mini stones.
- Donald Knuth

People think that being on Star Trek is career suicide,
but it's really just the opposite.
- Brent Spiner

Computers and electronic music are not the opposite of the warm human music.
It's exactly the same.
- Bill Laswell

English is clipped in speech.
Texas is exactly the opposite.
- Michael Caine

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

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

There's more to light than the opposite of dark.
- Ric Ocasek

The truth is balance.
However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance,
may not be a lie.
- Susan Sontag

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

Some people think having large breasts makes a woman stupid.
Actually, it's quite the opposite: a woman having large
breasts makes men stupid.
- Rita Rudner

Dressing up is a bore.
At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex,
and at a certain age, I did that.
But I'm past that age.
- Katharine Hepburn

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

People are scared to death of dying.
I am the opposite.
- Taylor Caldwell

To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent.
She can't wait to disprove it.
- Cary Grant

One does a whole painting for one peach and people
think just the opposite -
that particular peach is but a detail.
- Pablo Picasso

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.
A good writer turns fact into truth;
a bad writer will,
more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
- Edward Albee

Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived
to be constant companions.
- Pierre Charron

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create.
They don't know how to use their energy creatively
so they do the opposite and destroy.
- Anthony Burgess

People think that if you are a scientist you have to
give up that joy of discovery,
that passion, that sense of the great romance of life.
I say that's completely opposite of the truth.
- Ann Druyan

I've made an odd discovery.
Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that
happiness is no longer a possibility.
Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

Everybody is a True Believer.
Everybody has a little nugget they're convinced of
that is the opposite of the nugget on the other side.
And they're convinced it's fact.
- Jane Haddam

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

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe
that great literature is very close to life,
but exactly the opposite is true.
Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
- Francoise Sagan

I can't fly a flag for monogamy or whatever the opposite is;
it depends on the person and on the situation.
- Sting

I have friends who've tried to break into the UK,
who went back with their tails between their legs.
Fortunately I've had the opposite experience.
- Michael Bolton

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

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Certainly, I think being depressed is absolutely part of the human condition,
it has to be, if there's joy there's its opposite,
and it's something you ride if you possibly can.
- Bob Geldof

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

I had done my first picture and I didn't have anything to do for awhile.
I was asked to come back to New York and do Bus Stop
in the role of the cowboy opposite Kim Stanley.
- Dick York

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation,
namely an imitation of its opposite.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The Republicans claim they are for strengthening Pell
grants when the truth is that over the last four years,
their legislation has done the exact opposite.
- John Conyers

Not the power to remember, but its very opposite,
the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
- Saint Basil


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