Opposites Quotes

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John Steinbeck
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Jodi Picoult
“You couldn't have strength without weakness, you couldn't have light without dark, you couldn't have love without loss”
Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle

Konstantin Jireček
“We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.”
Konstantin Josef Jireček

Lisa Schroeder
“When you meet someone so different from yourself, in a good way, you don't even have to kiss to have fireworks go off. It's like fireworks in your heart all the time. I always wondered, do opposites really attract? Now I know for sure they do. I'd grown up going to the library as often as most people go to the grocery store. Jackson didn't need to read about exciting people or places. He went out and found them, or created excitement himself if there wasn't any to be found. The things I like are pretty simple. Burning CDs around themes, like Songs to Get You Groove On and Tunes to Fix a Broken Heart; watching movies; baking cookies; and swimming. It's like I was a salad with a light vinaigrette, and Jackson was a platter of seafood Cajun pasta. Alone, we were good. Together, we were fantastic.”
Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

E.E. Cummings

"If freckles were lovely, and day was night,
And measles were nice and a lie warn't a lie,
Life would be delight,--
But things couldn't go right
For in such a sad plight
I wouldn't be I.

If earth was heaven and now was hence,
And past was present, and false was true,
There might be some sense
But I'd be in suspense
For on such a pretense
You wouldn't be you.

If fear was plucky, and globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee
Things would seem fair,--
Yet they'd all despair,
For if here was there
We wouldn't be we.”
E.E. Cummings


He who creates a poison, also has the cure.
He who creates a virus, also has the antidote.
He who creates chaos, also has the ability to create peace.
He who sparks hate, also has the ability to transform it to love.
He who creates misery, also has the ability to destroy it with kindness.
He who creates sadness, also has the ability to to covert it to happiness.
He who creates darkness, can also be awakened to produce illumination.
He who spreads fear, can also be shaken to spread comfort.
Any problems created by the left hand of man,
Can also be solved with the right,
For he who manifests anything,
Also has the ability to
Destroy it.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Lundy Bancroft
“Abuse and respect are diametric opposites: You do not respect someone whom you abuse, and you do not abuse someone whom you respect.”
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Criss Jami
“Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Hermann Hesse
“So you find yourself surrounded by death and horror in the world, and you escape it into lust. But lust has no duration; it leaves you again in the desert.”
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

Emily Brontë
“As different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Michael Moorcock
“Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.”
Michael Moorcock, The Elric Saga Part I

Betsy Lerner
“I hadn't been able to trust since the age of four. I was torn between wanting to be cradled and telling the world to go fuck itself, and those were opposite sides of the same coin.”
Betsy Lerner, Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

H. Rider Haggard
“Man doeth this and doeth that from the good or evil of his heart; but he knows not to what end his sense doth prompt him; for when he strikes he is blind to where the blow shall fall, nor can he count the airy threads that weave the web of circumstance. Good and evil, love and hate, night and day, sweet and bitter, man and woman, heaven above and the earth beneath--all those things are needful, one to the other, and who knows the end of each?”
H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure

Criss Jami
“Faith, in its most correct form, never removes responsibility; it removes fear of responsibility. The results are complete opposites with the greater saying, 'God's will is my delight.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Wilkie Collins
“If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business.”
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

“A beam or pillar can be used to batter down a city wall, but it is no good for stopping up a little hole - this refers to a difference in function. Thoroughbreds like Qiji and Hualiu could gallop a thousand li in one day, but when it came to catching rats they were no match for the wildcat or the weasel - this refers to a difference in skill. The horned owl catches fleas at night and can spot the tip of a hair, but when daylight comes, no matter how wide it opens its eyes, it cannot see a mound or a hill - this refers to a difference in nature. Now do you say, that you are going to make Right your master and do away with Wrong, or make Order your master and do away with Disorder? If you do, then you have not understood the principle of heaven and earth or the nature of the ten thousand things. This is like saying that you are going to make Heaven your master and do away with Earth, or make Yin your master and do away with Yang. Obviously it is impossible.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

“As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delights of presence best known by the torments of absence.”

Ashly Lorenzana
“Experience is the opposite of education.”
Ashly Lorenzana

“What would the doctors do if there were no patients? What would politicians do if there were no social problems? What would humanitarians do if there were no inhumanity? The opposite sides that seem to be fighting each other actually depend on each other, define each other, thrive with each other.”

راغب السرجاني
“وبضدها تتميز الأشياء”
راغب السرجاني, فن التعامل النبوي مع غير المسلمين

Anne Lamott
“Niels Bohr wrote, ‘The opposite of a true statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth can be another profound truth.”
Anne Lamott, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Stephenie Meyer
“Her virtue, my vice, the two opposites binding us together. (pg. 334)”
Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun

Laurence Galian
“When the two thoughts are thus balanced, both thoughts accelerate together (like opposite poles of two magnets attracting one another) and are immediately annihilated and destroyed, creating a magickal THIRD POINT OF TRANSCENDENCE (or Point of Infinite Possibility) at the top point of the triangle.”
Laurence Galian, Beyond Duality: The Art of Transcendence

Laurence Galian
“Remember: do not think of the opposite...think of the contradiction inherent in the force that you want to draw into your life.”
Laurence Galian, Beyond Duality: The Art of Transcendence

Umberto Eco
“But metaphors set up not only similarities but also oppositions. A cup and a shield are alike in their form (round and concave), but opposite in their function (peace vs. war), just as Ares and Dionysus are alike insofar as they are gods, but opposite with regard to the ends they pursue and to the instruments they use.”
umberto eco, Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

“My experience taught me that opposites on attraction explode each other and similars don't repel each other.”
Spriha Kant

Morgan Daimler
“There is, ultimately, no light without darkness, and no darkness without light, and all things need their opposite for balance.”
Morgan Daimler, Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk

A.D. Aliwat
“The angel is nothing without the demon. Opposite sides of the same coin. The coins they lay on the eyes and mouths of the dead.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Hermann Hesse
“Any life expands and flowers only through division and contradiction. What are reason and sobriety without the knowledge of intoxication? What is sensuality without death standing behind it? What is love without the eternal mortal enmity of the sexes.”
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

E.E. Cummings
“giving to steal and cruel kind,

a heart to fear, to doubt a mind,

to differ a disease of same,

conform the pinnacle of am

though dull were all we taste as bright,

bitter all utterly things sweet,

maggoty minus and dumb death

all we inherit, all bequeath”
E.E. Cummings, Selected Poems

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