Quotations on Opposition

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Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Mother, Being, Constitution, Country, Democracy, English, Revolution, Opposition, Result, states, Traditions, United)

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Husbands, Opposition, Will, Wives)

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Life, Morality, Evil, Light, Opposition, Questioning)

Everybody on this floor wants to send the same loud and clear message: that Congress is united in its opposition to terror and we are all deeply concerned about the future and security of our close friend and ally, Israel.
- Earl Blumenauer
(Keywords: Friend, Congress, Future, Israel, Opposition, Security, Terror, United)

I write for an audience that likes what I like, reads what I read, thinks about the things I think about. In many ways, this puts me in opposition to the people who go to the theater generally.
- Eric Bogosian
(Keywords: People, Opposition, Theater)

Some politicians are aware of the Bill of Rights. It seems that the opposition party is far more likely to invoke it, to wave it in the air, this is what we saw from a lot of republicans during the Clinton Administration, and we are seeing the same from Democrats under Bush.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Democrats, Rights, Opposition, Party, Politicians, Republicans)

But let's be clear. We're talking about a country where there's no opposition. As leader he can ignore Parliament and - sorry that's Tony Blair isn't it? Um, so he doesn't even have to ask the country before he goes to war - sorry that's still Tony Blair.
- Rory Bremner
(Keywords: War, Leader, Country, Opposition, Parliament, Talking)

Better still - your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War.
- Breyten Breytenbach
(Keywords: History, War, Injustice, Mind, Opposition, Popular, Vietnam)

Everything is produced by the workers, and the minute they try to get something by their unions they meet all the opposition that can be mustered by those who now get what they produce.
- Harry Bridges
(Keywords: Now, Opposition, Workers)

Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway. Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst - the presumption that they know best, and they're going to get their way whether the American people like it or not.
- Scott Brown
(Keywords: Health, People, Attitude, American, Care, Force, Opposition, Public, Washington)

I have never been afraid to stand up to the leadership on issues where we disagree. If you chose to keep Cambridge Labour, then I can continue to press the Government for the things that matter to you, in a way that members of the opposition are unable to.
- Anne Campbell
(Keywords: Government, Leadership, Opposition, Press)

Grudge no expense - yield to no opposition - forget fatigue - till, by the strength of prayer and sacrifice, the spirit of love shall have overcome .
- Maria W. Chapman
(Keywords: Love, Sacrifice, Strength, Fatigue, Forget, Opposition, Prayer, Spirit, Yield)

It won't take 40 years for opposition to same-sex marriage to dissipate.
- Mary Cheney
(Keywords: Marriage, Opposition, Years)

I cannot remember a time in opposition - I am talking about the last four years - when we have done less work on policy and more on slogans. But because of my European views I wasn't allowed to participate.
- Kenneth Clarke
(Keywords: Time, Work, Policy, Opposition, Talking, Years)

I am sorry to upset my colleagues by saying we wasted four years in opposition, but if you do get so badly defeated as a party you do have to face up to some painful facts and you do have to change.
- Kenneth Clarke
(Keywords: Change, Facts, Opposition, Party, Saying, Years)

I believe any question that man can ask has a reasonable answer-at least an answer that is as consistent with God's existence as it is in opposition to God's existence.
- John Clayton
(Keywords: God, Existence, Man, Opposition, Question)

I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.
- Paul Dirac
(Keywords: Poetry, Work, Time, Man, Opposition, Physics)

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Man, May, Opposition, Persecution)

A political party is dying before our eyes-and I don't mean the Democrats. I'm talking about the mainstream media, which is being destroyed by the opposition.
- Howard Fineman
(Keywords: Being, Democrats, Dying, Eyes, Media, Opposition, Party, Talking)

We were in opposition to the decision to go to war. But after the war happened, it was clear that you could not sit and look-there would be a breeding ground for terrorism or a new collapsed or failed state named Iraq!
- Joschka Fischer
(Keywords: War, Decision, Breeding, Opposition, State, Terrorism)

Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly.
- Robert M. La Follette
(Keywords: War, Opposition, Party, Right, Silence)

Every nation has its war party... It is commercial, imperialistic, ruthless. It tolerates no opposition.
- Robert M. La Follette
(Keywords: War, Nation, Opposition, Party)

I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned.
- Gerald R. Ford
(Keywords: Country, Opposition, World)

There is one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.
- John Galsworthy
(Keywords: Power, Opposition, Politicians)

Comparisons are really no good in sport, especially if it is a comparison between different eras and generations, for there are so many variables that come into play, starting from the quality of the opposition to playing conditions.
- Sunil Gavaskar
(Keywords: Quality, Comparisons, Generations, Opposition, Play)

However, I think the major opposition to ecology has deeper roots than mere economics; ecology threatens widely held values so fundamental that they must be called religious.
- Garrett Hardin
(Keywords: Values, Ecology, Economics, Opposition, Religious)

The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation - the obligation to Parliament - it's the reason we did the merger! - is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government.
- Stephen Harper
(Keywords: Government, Leader, Obligation, Opposition, Parliament, Reason)

We'll support the government on issues if it's essential to the country but our primary responsibility is not to prop up the government, our responsibility is to provide an opposition and an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians.
- Stephen Harper
(Keywords: Government, Country, Opposition, Parliament, Responsibility, Support)

First of all, I can't forget my first responsibility - which is to be the Leader of the Opposition and that's to provide an alternative government.
- Stephen Harper
(Keywords: Government, Leader, First, Forget, Opposition, Responsibility)

Strong people are made by opposition like kites that go up against the wind.
- Frank Harris
(Keywords: People, Kites, Opposition, Wind)

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.
- Dorothy Height
(Keywords: Goals, Greatness, Man, Opposition, Woman)

These men were religious when the spirit of religion was buried in forms and ceremonies, and when the priesthood had armed itself with the civil powers to put down all opposition, and suppress all freedom, intellectual, civil, and religious.
- Ethan A. Hitchcock
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Freedom, Opposition, Religious, Spirit)

We respect opposition to any position or policy. But we believe that the opinion that should prevail and be respected is that of the majority.
- King Hussein I
(Keywords: Policy, Majority, Opinion, Opposition, Respect)

The opposition has moved from a blaming the victim to blaming the victim's advocate's statistics. Irrespective of what the numbers are, it's far too many.
- Patricia Ireland
(Keywords: Numbers, Opposition, Statistics)

We always knew when we took on the issue of violence against women that somehow our opposition would come after us.
- Patricia Ireland
(Keywords: Women, Opposition, Violence)

I heard someone in opposition to reform last night criticize the president for saying it's their money. They said it's not their money; it's my mother's money. Well that's what's wrong with the system.
- Johnny Isakson
(Keywords: Money, Mother, Night, Opposition, President, Reform, Saying, Wrong)

I have always been willing to admit when I made a mistake. I made a mistake in my understanding of the composition of the Contras, not on my opposition to the Contra war.
- Bianca Jagger
(Keywords: War, Mistake, Opposition, Understanding)

The Opposition aren't really the Opposition. They're just called the Opposition. But in fact they are the Opposition in exile. The Civil Service are the Opposition in residence.
- Antony Jay
(Keywords: Fact, Opposition, Service)

Intellectuals try to keep going. But their situation is very difficult. Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition have often paid a very high price.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Keywords: Courage, Intellectuals, Opposition, Voice)

To tell you the truth, in my work, love is always in opposition to the elements. It creates dilemmas. It brings in suffering. We can't live with it, and we can't live without it. You'll rarely find a happy ending in my work.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski
(Keywords: Love, Work, Truth, Ending, Opposition, Suffering)

When you look at golf films before us they're all - garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can't beat him.
- Shia LaBeouf
(Keywords: Sports, Golf, Opposition, Satire)

As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values.
- Edward Levi
(Keywords: Wisdom, Time, Action, Values, Law, May, Memory, Opposition, Passion, Wrong)

OK, it was black, it was below grade, I was female, Asian American, young, too young to have served. Yet I think none of the opposition in that sense hurt me.
- Maya Lin
(Keywords: American, Hurt, Opposition, Sense)

There's a lot of money with a lot of big law firms that have a tremendous amount at stake by getting the right language to convince the right jury that my client is either innocent or that the opposition is guilty.
- Frank Luntz
(Keywords: Money, Jury, Language, Law, Opposition, Right)

At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction.
- Margaret Mahy
(Keywords: Time, Books, Mind, Network, Opposition, Relationships, Writers)

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
- Orison Swett Marden
(Keywords: Success, Courage, Opposition, Struggle)

Our focus needs to be on freeing dissidents and continuing to support the opposition movement within Cuba - not rewarding Castro and subsidizing and strengthening his totalitarian regime.
- Mel Martinez
(Keywords: Focus, Needs, Opposition, Support)

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
- Karl Marx
(Keywords: Peace, Absence, Meaning, Opposition, Socialism)

From this experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition.
- Angela Merkel
(Keywords: Experience, Health, Policy, Opposition, Party)

I found enormous opposition to my religion. It's like if you want to strengthen your biceps, you lift heavy weight, as heavy as you can handle, and work your muscles against resistance until it grows strong. I had to do that with my religion.
- Ricardo Montalban
(Keywords: Religion, Work, Opposition, Want, Weight)

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