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Top 100 Quotes About Contradictory

#1. To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together ... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self. - Author: William Wordsworth
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#2. All the seemingly loose threads and contradictory claims of the rest of the Bible come together in Jesus. - Author: Timothy J. Keller
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#3. Your "Self" was created in the image and likeness of your creator. How can you believe that your "self" can be improved? Self improvement is contradictory to your creation. - Author: Sumner Davenport
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#4. Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake. - Author: Robert Penn Warren
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#5. [T]he only real moral crime that one man can commit against another is the attempt to create, by his words or actions, an impression of the contradictory, the impossible, the irrational, and thus shake the concept of rationality in his victim. - Author: Ayn Rand
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#6. My father was a very contradictory man. - Author: John Malkovich
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#7. Most people never question the core beliefs they grow up with," Emil confirmed. "You can look back on any culture five hundred years later and wonder how they could have ever believed some of the contradictory or flat-out insane things they accepted as law or common sense. - Author: Elliott James
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#8. Little about your work, tease and titillate with alluring, even contradictory comments, then stand back and let others try to make sense of it all. - Author: Robert Greene
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#9. The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom. - Author: Austin Kleon
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#10. 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. - Author: Anna Funder
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#11. But these people were judged very stupid by their friends. Was not Jonathan Strange known to be precisely the sort of whimsical, contradictory person who would publish against himself? - Author: Susanna Clarke
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#12. If I go out into nature, into the unknown, to the fringes of knowledge, everything seems mixed up and contradictory, illogical, and incoherent. This is what research does; it smooths out contradictions and makes things simple, logical, and coherent. - Author: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
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#13. If we manage to last in spite of everything, it is because our infirmities are so many and so contradictory that they cancel each other out. - Author: Emile M. Cioran
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#14. I must try, however, as best I can, although I am very conscious of the fact that our feelings and strivings are often contradictory and obscure and that they cannot be expressed in easy and simple formulas. - Author: Albert Einstein
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#15. It is not that I love contradictions: life is contradictory. Existence itself is possible only through contradictions. - Author: Rajneesh
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#16. Hitler knew nothing about his enemies and even refused to use the information that was available to him. Instead, he trusted his inspirations, no matter how inherently contradictory they may be and these inspirations were governed by extreme contempt and underestimation of the others. - Author: Albert Speer
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#17. Trying to keep up with health advice can feel like surfing the Net for weather forecasts: what you find is always changing, often contradictory and rarely encouraging. - Author: Julian Baggini
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#18. Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him
he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were contradictory. - Author: Victor Hugo
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#19. To be a preacher requires two apparently contradictory qualities: confidence and humility. - Author: Timothy Radcliffe
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#20. I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak. - Author: Andre Breton
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#21. Reconsidering Happiness captures all the contradictory impulses of falling in and out of love-the lust and wanderlust, the contentment and restlessness, the secret loyalties, the hard compromises. Sherrie Flick has written a wise and elegant novel. - Author: John Dalton
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#22. God has levels of willing and delighting. He wills and delights in things in different ways so that approval and disapproval can coexist without being contradictory, without canceling each other out. I am making the case here for infinite complexity. - Author: John Piper
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#23. The condition of sleep is profoundly contradictory. It is a precious good ... but it is a good like none other, because to obtain it, one must seemingly give up the imperative to have it. - Author: Emily Martin
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#24. A desire to succeed in politics is propelled by these two seemingly contradictory forces, which frequently change places and sometimes coexist: to save others and to save oneself. - Author: Madeleine M. Kunin
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#25. A person cannot be equally divided between two contradictory identities. And if that's what happened, doesn't it stand to reason that when it came to a test he would lose his ability to decide and find himself doing things his heart couldn't be at peace with? - Author: Shimon Ballas
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#26. There's nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself. - Author: Robert De Niro
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#27. Trickster stories are pleasurable, contradictory, annoying, abrasive. They're powerful, transformational acts of liberation because they are not nailed down to the real, to the representation of something in the world. - Author: Gerald Vizenor
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#28. I don't think they can deal with someone being complex and contradictory; it's not acceptable, you have to be a cartoon, a stereotype. - Author: Shirley Manson
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#29. I think it's fairly common for writers to be afflicted with two simultaneous yet contradictory delusions, the burning certainty that we're unique geniuses, and the constant fear that we're witless frauds who are speeding toward epic failure. - Author: Scott Lynch
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#30. A politician's capacity to ignore contradictory evidence - Author: Reginald Hill
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#31. A work of art does not answer questions, it provokes them; and its essential meaning is in the tension between the contradictory answers. - Author: Leonard Bernstein
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#32. People who inspire such contradictory emotions must be worthwhile, I reasoned. - Author: Sara Sheridan
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#33. Poststructuralism ... is a form of literary criticism that uses elaborate wordplay to prove its central premise, that all language is internally contradictory and has no fixed meaning. - Author: Naomi Wolf
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#34. Like his illustrious predecessor, Parsons did not see the two disciplines of science and magic as contradictory. - Author: George Pendle
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#35. A name can't begin to encompass the sum of all her parts. But that's the magic of names, isn't it? That the complex, contradictory individuals we are can be called up complete and whole in another mind through the simple sorcery of a name. - Author: Charles De Lint
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#36. With this contradictory parentage of mine: solid English earth and French water goddess, one could expect anything from me. An enchantress or an ordinary girl. There are some who will say I am both. - Author: Philippa Gregory
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#37. The typical white intellectual considers himself superior to ordinary white people for two contradictory reasons: a] he constantly proclaims belief in human equality, but they don't; b] he has a high IQ, but they don't. - Author: Steve Sailer
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#38. My views are very fluctuating. I have very contradictory takes on the subject. Dating is easier, while marriage is hard work. You see your friends having early divorces, and on the other hand, you see your parents having a successful marriage. - Author: Kangana Ranaut
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#39. You don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That's contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect. - Author: Edwin Meese
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#40. It's about how to bring together the seemingly contradictory aspects of the memorial, which is about a tragedy and how it changed the world, but also about creating a vital and beautiful city of the 21st century. - Author: Daniel Libeskind
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#41. Our minds are intricate. Our desires are complex. We are gorgeously contradictory in our epistemologies. We were not invented yesterday. Kathleen - Author: Kathleen Collins
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#42. Son, the phrase is self-contradictory; "sense" is never "common". - Author: Robert A. Heinlein
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#43. I'm not questioning the monotheistic god. I think there's absolutely no evidence for the existence of such a god. When I say that, I mean I'm - part of that is that the idea that God could be all-powerful and also benevolent is on its face contradictory. - Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
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#44. But how to do feelings? All very well to write "She felt sad", or describe what a sad person might do, but what of sadness itself, how was that put across so it could be felt in all its lowering immediacy? Even harder was the threat, or the confusion of feeling contradictory things. - Author: Ian McEwan
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#45. Beliefs about how lying looks are plentiful and often contradictory: depending on whom you choose to believe, liars can be detected because they fidget a lot, hold very still, cross their legs, cross their arms, look up, look down, make eye contact or fail to make eye contact. - Author: Robin Marantz Henig
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#46. Was he a pleasant man hiding behind a mask of seeming carelessness or an unpleasant man hiding behind a mask of charm & smiles? Or like most humans, was he a dizzying mix of contradictory charactersticks? - Author: Mary Balogh
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#47. The argument by the anti-gay-marriage crowd is so absurd, so internally contradictory, and so awash in unproven assertions that it is difficult to take it as anything more than a construct cobbled together by people who just don't like those people. - Author: Kurt Eichenwald
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#48. Any serious analysis of Marxism must begin with the controversy over whether he is a humanist champion of free will or a determinist. Because Marxian writings on the subject often are so contradictory, it is impossible to know for sure. - Author: Kenneth Deutsch
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#49. The great man is too often all of a piece; it is the little man that is a bundle of contradictory elements. He is inexhaustible. You never come to the end of the surprises he has in store for you. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#50. It would be unsound fancy and self-contradictory to expect that things which have never yet been done can be done except by means which have never yet been tried. - Author: Francis Bacon
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#51. You're only a man! You've not our gifts! I can tell you! Why, a woman can think of a hundred different things at once, all them contradictory! - Author: Georgette Heyer
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#52. There is something very sublime, though very fanciful, in Plato's description of the Supreme Being,
that truth is His body and light His shadow. According to this definition there is nothing so contradictory to his nature as error and falsehood. - Author: Joseph Addison
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#53. Our reasonings are grounded upon two great principles, that of contradiction, in virtue of which we judge false that which involves a contradiction, and true that which is opposed or contradictory to the false. - Author: Gottfried Leibniz
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#54. The paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. Such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again. - Author: I.I. Gitelson
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#55. So you're trying to make her happy despite the fact that the reason she's unhappy in the first place is you," said Simon, not very kindly. "That seems contradictory, doesn't it?"
"Love is a contradiction," said Jace. - Author: Cassandra Clare
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#56. Emotion is messy, contradictory ... and true. - Author: Nigella Lawson
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#57. In almost every task involving form, there are dozens, often hundreds of contradictory elements, which need to be forced to work in harmony by man's will. This harmony can be acheived only through art. - Author: Alvar Aalto
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#58. Quite often they are lines of thought starting out from more than one centre, but not without their points of contact; almost invariably one train of thought is accompanied by its contradictory opposite, associatively linked to it by contrast. - Author: Sigmund Freud
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#59. They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words. - Author: William Faulkner
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#60. The tolerance of the skeptic ... accepts the most diverse and indeed the most contradictory opinions, and keeps all his suspicions for the "dogmatist." - Author: Jean Guitton
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#61. Goering was a contradictory [and] complex ... character. - Author: Richard Overy
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#62. As human beings, of course, we're all compromised and complex and contradictory and if a screenplay can express those contradictions within a character and if there's room for me to express them, that's a part I'd love to play, so much more than a character who is heroic and one-dimensional. - Author: Hugo Weaving
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#63. Reality the iconoclast once more. Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked from under our feet. We shall see that there never was any problem. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#64. I can't stand characters with contradictory information. - Author: Patty Jenkins
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#65. The case, however, is, that the Bible will not bear examination in any part of it, which it would do if it was the Word of God. Those who most believe it are those who know least about it, and priests always take care to keep the inconsistent and contradictory parts out of sight. - Author: Thomas Paine
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#66. For the New Age community, 'ancient' knowledge is always considered unimpeachable and unimprovable, just as a diverse range of beliefs from Eastern mysticism to UFOs, energy dowsing to cryptozoology, are - though mutually contradictory - unquestionably accepted in the name of open-mindedness. - Author: Mark Crutchfield
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#67. It's easy to see from commercials the sorts of activities I should presumably be engaged in, but I'm fairly certain that American manhood is vague, internally contradictory and largely nonsensical. - Author: Tycho Brahe
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#68. Fusion food as a concept is kind of trying to quite consciously fuse things that are sometimes quite contradictory, sometimes quite far apart, to see if they'd work. - Author: Yotam Ottolenghi
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#69. Everything leads us to believe that there exists a spot in the mind from which life and death, the real and the imaginary, the past and the future, the high and the low, the communicable and the incommunicable will cease to appear contradictory. - Author: Andre Breton
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#70. We were able to acknowledge that all these mutually contradictory opinions were right on some point in these complicated interrelationships, and to demonstrate that they had discovered something that was correct. - Author: Sigmund Freud
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#71. 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? - Author: Craig D. Lounsbrough
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#72. I'm a human being who lives a flawed, contradictory life. And I have all sorts of problems and all sorts of successes. - Author: Jamie Lee Curtis
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#73. I am an imperfect man living in an imperfect world, trying to weave through the chaotic interactions of semi-causal events with linear logic, contradictory emotions, dialectic wisdom, and mortal integrity. - Author: Leonard Seet
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#74. Feelings are a funny thing, he realized. They're always more tangled and contradictory and complex than we want them to be. Than we care to admit. - Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
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#75. Since music is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man. - Author: Claude Levi-Strauss
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#76. Irony: a contradictory outcome of events as if in mockery of the promise and fitness of things, - Author: Celeste Ng
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#77. If there is no contradictory impression, there is nothing to awaken reflection - Author: Plato
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#78. The Air Loom, for all its florid craziness, can be seen to have a function and a rationale: as a miraculous, if temporary, fix for a breaking mind, a coping strategy for a life that had become too brutally contradictory to sustain otherwise. - Author: Mike Jay
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#79. Revolution is not the uprising against preexisting order, but the setting up of a new order contradictory to the traditional one - Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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#80. Ours is a historical faith, and to uproot the Bible from its historical contexts is self-contradictory. - Author: Peter Enns
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#81. Laughter is born out of the discovery of the contradictory. - Author: Alfred Jarry
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#82. Consciousness of exclusion through naming is acute. Identities seem contradictory, partial, and strategic. - Author: Donna J. Haraway
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#83. Sometimes God's ways are not our ways. He may do something that seems unclear or even contradictory. We have to trust Him even when we don't understand Him. - Author: Benny Hinn
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#84. While nothing in the Bible is contradictory, many of the Bible's most provocative and profound truths appear to us paradoxical. - Author: John F. MacArthur Jr.
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#85. This wasn't the person he'd thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he'd been free to choose, but there was something comforting and liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones. - Author: Jonathan Franzen
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#86. Your life is a reflection of your past thoughts. That includes all the great things, and all the things you consider not so great ... Think thoughts of abundance and wealth, and do not allow any contradictory thoughts to take root. - Author: Rhonda Byrne
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#87. Some people suggest that the problem is the separation of powers. If you had a parliamentary system, the struggle for power would not result in such complex peace treaties that empower so many different people to pursue so many contradictory aims. - Author: James Q. Wilson
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#88. I'm quite contradictory - a bit OCD, but quite untidy. I have piles of stuff everywhere, but they make sense to me. And I'll find the one thing in the room that's my boyfriend's, and complain about him leaving it out. - Author: Kimberley Nixon
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#89. The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times. - Author: Charles De Gaulle
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#90. A healthy self and an empty self are not contradictory; it just appears so because we use the same language to describe two different things. The whole path of meditation is about understanding that the self as an unchanging entity is a fiction, an illusory mental construct. - Author: Joseph Goldstein
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#91. I think intelligence basically can be in a way defined by the possibility of having two opposite ideas living together and at the same time functioning. That's why I think a smart script has two things living in the same place, and they're absolutely contradictory. - Author: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
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#92. All is like, all unlike; all is useful and harmful, eloquent and dumb, reasonable and unreasonable. And what people profess about individual matters is often contradictory. - Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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#93. There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of idle thoughts. What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. Every thought we have either contributes to truth or to illusion. - Author: Gautama Buddha
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#94. The demonstrable correlation of opposites is an image of the transcendental correlation of contradictories. - Author: Simone Weil
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#95. You have a lot more leeway to be contradictory playing a character than most of the scripts have in them. That's how all actors are. We have so many different sides of ourselves and we're so different, in meeting with different people. The audiences relate more to that and find that more believable. - Author: Joel Kinnaman
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#96. Only the gospel can do two seemingly contradictory things: destroy pride and increase courage. Destroy self-exaltation and increase confidence. Destroy the pushiness of self-assertion and deliver from the paralysis of self-doubt. - Author: John Piper
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#97. One of the things I constantly think about as a writer is the way in which people are full of contradictions - there's all this contradictory information inside a human personality. - Author: Justin Cronin
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#98. The essential problems remain the same ... The kids I write about are asking for the same things I wanted. They want two contradictory things. They want to be the same as everyone else, and they want to be different from everyone else. They want acceptance for both. - Author: E.L. Konigsburg
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#99. She was the reason I was a reader, and being a reader was what had made me most myself; it had given me the gifts of curiosity and sympathy, an awareness of the world as an odd and vibrant contradictory place, and it had me unafraid of its oddness and vibrancy and contradictions. - Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
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#100. To write poetry and to commit suicide, apparently so contradictory, had really been the same, attempts at escape. - Author: John Fowles
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