Contradictory Quotes

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Stevie Nicks
“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.”
Stevie Nicks

Craig Ferguson
“The views expressed by Me are in no way endorsed by CBS any of its allied companies or in fact Me.”
Craig Ferguson

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Christians must show that misery fits the good for heaven, while happiness prepares the bad for hell; that the wicked get all their good things in this life, and the good all their evil; that in this world God punishes the people he loves, and in the next, the ones he hates; that happiness makes us bad here, but not in heaven; that pain makes us good here, but not in hell. No matter how absurd these things may appear to the carnal mind, they must be preached and they must be believed. If they were reasonable, there would be no virtue in believing. Even the publicans and sinners believe reasonable things. To believe without evidence, or in spite of it, is accounted as righteousness to the sincere and humble christian.

In short, Christians are expected to denounce all pleasant paths and rustling trees, to curse the grass and flowers, and glorify the dust and weeds. They are expected to malign the wicked people in the green and happy fields, who sit and laugh beside the gurgling springs or climb the hills and wander as they will. They are expected to point out the dangers of freedom, the safety of implicit obedience, and to show the wickedness of philosophy, the goodness of faith, the immorality of science and the purity of ignorance.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Anna Funder
“He can switch from one view to another with frightening ease. I think it is a sign of being accustomed to such power that the truth does not matter because you cannot be contradicted.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

André Aciman
“Fire like fear, like panic, like one more minute of this and I'll die if he doesn't knock at my door, but I'd sooner he never knock than knock now.”
André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

André Aciman
“Everything tells me you care for me. And yet never a sign from you.”
André Aciman, Enigma Variations

Marie Rutkoski
“Her innocence was maddening. She should know. She should know what her steward had done. She should know it to be her fault whether she’d given the order or not–and whether she knew or not. Innocent? Her? Never.

He did not want her to know. He did not want her to see. But:

Look at me, he found himself thinking furiously at her. Look at me. She lifted her eyes, and did.”
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Crime

“Truthful hyperbole’ is a contradiction in terms. It’s a way of saying, ‘It’s a lie, but who cares?’ ”
Tony Schwartz

André Aciman
“But all of these hours were strained by fear, as if fear were a brooding specter, or a strange, lost bird trapped in our little town, whose sooty wing flecked every living thing with a shadow that would never wash. I didn't know what I was afraid of, nor why I worried so much, nor why this thing that could so easily cause panic felt like hope sometimes and, like hope in the darkest moments, brought such joy, unreal joy, joy with a noose tied around it. The thud my heart gave when I saw him unannounced both terrified and thrilled me. I was afraid when he showed up, afraid when he failed to, afraid when he looked at me, more frightened yet when he didn't.”
André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

Thomas Paine
“Now, if the writers of these four books [Gospels] had gone into a court of justice to prove an alibi, (for it is of the nature of an alibi that is here attempted to be proved, namely, the absence of a dead body by supernatural means,) and had they given their evidence in the same contradictory manner as it is here given, they would have been in danger of having their ears cropt for perjury, and would have justly deserved it. Yet this is the evidence, and these are the books, that have been imposed upon the world as being given by divine inspiration, and as the unchangeable word of God.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Criss Jami
“Pure wisdom is the 'fruit of life'; banal platitudes are the 'bane of existence'.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Thomas Hardy
“The curious double strands in Farfrae's thread of life - the commercial and the romantic - were very distinct at times. Like the colours in a variegated cord those contrasts could be seen intertwisted, yet not mingling.”
Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge

“Living with contradiction may be nothing new to humans, but acknowledging it, and accepting it are. Even the dictionary has trouble accepting a paradox, calling it 'two things that seem to be contradictory but may possibly be true.' But that's not a real paradox--a real paradox IS contradictory and IS true. So I don't even call them paradoxes anymore, I call them 'contradictory co-existing realities,' both in direct opposition to each other, both true at the same time.”
Shellen Lubin

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The ‘fact’ of my actions frequently collide with the ‘fiction’ of my words. And at what point will I live what I say, so I will avoid what I do?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“We'll buy back our own harm with what is most dear to us.”
Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis

“The tangible and factual components of reality along with the intangible strands of memory and imagination constitute the framework that houses our vital life force. A person is likewise composed of contradictory and complementary forces of pain and pleasure, darkness and lightness, and clashing and harmonizing bands of thoughts and feelings. The web and root of all persons consists of both the expressible and the unsayable. Who has not held imaginary conversations with gods, devils, and spirits? Persons whom enthusiastically cultivate an inner life, ardently experience the quick of nature, and willingly immerse themselves in all aspects of everyday living will experience renewal. Analogous to the heat source of fire, we need the spark of desire to fuel our hearts and the spirit of the breeze to spread our heart songs.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If we are merely a chance product of ‘random happenstance’ and nothing more, doesn’t it strike you as a bit odd that we have the ability to contemplate the question of ‘random happenstance’ with such methodical complexity?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Katya, for Lev, is a vortex, by turn alluring and animal, icy and disaffected, often in one same day. Katya is symmetry-breaking.”
Emma Richler, Be My Wolff

“Away from Lev, she craves his need for her. When with him, it enervates. Why is that? She cannot help it. Nothing to be done. Only with her sister is she unfettered. Tasha never makes her think about it, the terrible stature of love. Its shape, size, weight, the long shadows it casts. With Tasha she never goes cold as stones in a river, as Lev will accuse. You are suddenly so cold! Cold as stones in a river! What have I done wrong? he complains. Nothing. Nothing, my darling.
Emma Richler, Be My Wolff

“No one could have imagined a place like Havana, Cuba. It is absurdly contradictory, always arguing with itself over whether it is audacious or meek, heroic or stupid, beautiful or abhorrent.”
Ed Kirwan, The Three Ravens

“Bear witness for one who is loved and not loved: we cast the cloak gently around her, an end of great woe for our house.”
Euripides, Electra

Deyth Banger
“FAKE Mask... - That's when we are honest... or probably not...

More likely contradictory!

Deyth Banger

Jodi Picoult
“When you get down to it, though, explaining what you believe isn't all that easy. If you say that you believe something to be true, you might mean one of two things—that you're still weighing the alternatives, or that you accept it as a fact. I don't logically see how one single word can have contradictory definitions, but emotionally, I completely understand. Because there are times I think what I am doing is right, and there are other times I second-guess myself every step of the way.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Sara Sheridan
“People who inspire such contradictory emotions must be worthwhile, I reasoned.”
Sara Sheridan, The Secret Mandarin

André Aciman
“How can we ever bring ourselves to make love again, I thought, if we can speak of our love only by oblique reference to death?”
André Aciman, Enigma Variations

D.H. Lawrence
“She rose slowly. She didn't want to go. She also rather resented staying.”
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Caroline Kepnes
“. . . a nightmarish thing that frightens Love, haunting her, weighing her down, the thing that she's supposed to love, the way the world initially instructs children to love clowns even though we all know deep down that they're creepy, old, puffy men in masks leering at children.”
Caroline Kepnes, Hidden Bodies

Iris Murdoch
“What larks we had," said James.


"When we were young."

I could not recall any larks I had had with James. I poured out the wine and we sat in silence.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea

Iris Murdoch
“Decide what you want and go for it, Fred, it's just a matter of will power!" I remember you saying that to me more than once.'

I did not recall saying this nor did it sound like anything which anyone would say more than once, assuming he had ever had the misfortune to say it at all, but I was glad that Freddie had such rosy memories.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea

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