Quotations on Contradiction

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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.
- Freda Adler
(Keywords: Change, Heart, Conformity, Contradiction, Laws, Man, Needs, Order)

Men who hold a theory of the Church which excludes from communion those whom they admit to have the Spirit of Christ simply proclaim that their theory is in flat contradiction to the spiritual fact.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Men, Church, Christ, Contradiction, Fact, Spirit, Spiritual, Theory)

There are more ways of outraging speech than contradiction merely.
- J. L. Austin
(Keywords: Contradiction, Speech)

There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits.
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Community, Contradiction, Habits, May, Opinions, Property, Rest, Saying)

This contradiction lies here: they wish God, and they wish humanity. They persist in connecting two terms which, once separated, can come together again only to destroy each other.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: God, Contradiction, Humanity, Lies)

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Keywords: Life, Christian, Contradiction, Freedom, Ideals, Liberty, Teaching)

What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Time, Truth, Contradiction, May, Sarcasm)

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Contradiction, Fiction, Will, World)

An unconscious consciousness is no more a contradiction in terms than an unseen case of seeing.
- Franz Clemens Brentano
(Keywords: Consciousness, Contradiction, Unconscious)

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.
- Fidel Castro
(Keywords: Ideas, Christ, Contradiction, Symbol)

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Courage, Contradiction, Desire)

I am the epitome of a walking contradiction for various reasons, only one of which being that I feel my existence is of heaven and hell.
- Kim Elizabeth
(Keywords: Being, Contradiction, Existence, Heaven, Hell, Walking)

The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism. If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism.
- Mikhail Gorbachev
(Keywords: People, Civilization, Capitalism, Contradiction, Dawn, Invention, Socialism)

But it is no good using the tongs of reason to pull the Fundamentalists' chestnuts out of the fire of contradiction. Their real troubles lie elsewhere.
- Garrett Hardin
(Keywords: Lie, Contradiction, Fire, Reason)

There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights. Dr. King did not stir us to move for our civil rights to have them taken away in these kinds of fashions.
- Dorothy Height
(Keywords: Civil rights, Contradiction, Human rights, Law, Respect)

That the sun will not rise tomorrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation, that it will rise.
- David Hume
(Keywords: Affirmation, Contradiction, Sun, Tomorrow, Will)

Contradiction was something I really like when it is embraced in that kind of philosophy.
- Jim Jarmusch
(Keywords: Contradiction, Philosophy)

I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.
- Elia Kazan
(Keywords: Fear, Contradiction, Self)

There stands no contradiction between giving voice to legitimate anxiety and at the same time, as and when exchange of fire commences, looking to the rest of the country, as well as all of us in the House, to give full moral support to our forces.
- Charles Kennedy
(Keywords: Time, Anxiety, Contradiction, Country, Fire, Giving, Rest, Support, Voice)

We don't perceive a contradiction between writing books, making films or producing a television program. These days you can't choose how you want to express yourself anymore.
- Alexander Kluge
(Keywords: Books, Contradiction, Television, Want, Writing)

In the third century after Christ the faith continued to spread.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
(Keywords: Thought, Action, Strength, Thoughts, Contradiction, Forget, Mind, Nothingness)

Christians who have influence in political life must feel as individuals responsibility in front of their own faith. And the duty of encouraging laws that are not in contradiction with the Commandments comes within the mission of the Church.
- Karl Lehmann
(Keywords: Life, Faith, Encouraging, Church, Contradiction, Duty, Influence, Laws, Mission, Responsibility)

Darwinism as presented by Darwin contradicted idealistic philosophy, and this contradiction grew deeper with the development of its materialist teaching.
- Trofim Lysenko
(Keywords: Development, Contradiction, Philosophy, Teaching)

Furthermore, there is absolutely no contradiction between the separate organizations of revolutionary vanguard militants and their participation in the mass organizations of the working class.
- Ernest Mandel
(Keywords: Class, Contradiction, Participation)

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
- Groucho Marx
(Keywords: Intelligence, Contradiction, Military)

I now add, farther, that the apostle's argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Keywords: Design, People, Act, Argument, Contradiction, Duty, Now, Office, Public)

Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
- Malcolm Muggeridge
(Keywords: Humor, Contradiction, Taste)

We have to acknowledge peace is in danger and mankind still has not realised the priority to be given to world dialogue versus armed contradiction and bloodshed.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev
(Keywords: Peace, Contradiction, Danger, Mankind, World)

We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Contradiction, Disguise, Falsehood)

I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card.
- Ron Paul
(Keywords: Government, Society, Purpose, Contradiction, Privacy, Secrecy)

That was my first lesson from Ben-Gurion. Then I saw him making peace, and I saw him making war. He mobilized me before the war. The man was a very rare combination between a real intellectual and a born leader. There is a contradiction between the two.
- Shimon Peres
(Keywords: Peace, War, Leader, Contradiction, First, Man)

Woman's at best a contradiction still.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Contradiction, Woman)

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
- Ayn Rand
(Keywords: Contradiction, Will, Wrong)

The language of the moment or, as it were, the language of the order in which we live, is the image. I felt that if I wanted to commune with the public, I should best do so through the language of image. It's a conscious embrace of a contradiction.
- Godfrey Reggio
(Keywords: Contradiction, Language, Order, Public)

Hope, insofar as it is hope of resurrection, is the living contradiction of what it proceeds from and what is placed under the sign of the Cross and death.
- Paul Ricoeur
(Keywords: Death, Hope, Contradiction, Living)

The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.
- George Santayana
(Keywords: Contradiction, World)

Such, Polly, are your sex - part truth, part fiction; - Some thought, much whim and all a contradiction.
- Richard Savage
(Keywords: Sex, Truth, Thought, Contradiction, Fiction, Whim)

What the nation's built on is discussion, contradiction and growth, and at the moment you can't discuss anything. If you do start to discuss it, you get criticized. If people hate us, you have to find out why and try to solve that problem.
- Donald Sutherland
(Keywords: People, Growth, Contradiction, Hate, Nation)

The exercise of authority over the same area by two States is a contradiction.
- Benjamin Tucker
(Keywords: Authority, Contradiction, Exercise, states)

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
- Mao Tse Tung
(Keywords: Leadership, Work, Contradiction, Responsibility)

There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter.
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Keywords: Development, Cause, Contradiction, Mind)

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.
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Keywords: Knowledge, Progress, Victory, Contradiction, Defeat, Evolution, First, Logic)

It was not simply out of a spirit of contradiction that I exposed a light source to magnetic forces. The idea came to me during an investigation of the effect discovered by Kerr on light reflected by magnetic mirrors.
- Pieter Zeeman
(Keywords: Idea, Contradiction, Effect, Investigation, Light, Spirit)









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