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Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

George Orwell

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Oscar Wilde

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

Marcel Duchamp

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).

Walt Whitman

People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be consistent.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

All concord's born of contraries.

Ben Jonson

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

Blaise Pascal

Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

You may find many contradictory statements and philosophies within my writings. However, to this I will say such is life, for life is full of contradictions.

Bryant H. McGill

I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.

Georges Bataille

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

I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large.

Charlie Chaplin

Life is never free of contradictions.

Manmohan Singh

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.

Thomas Merton

Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.

Thomas Hardy

Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.

George Moore

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

Winston Churchill

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

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

Say to all small and great, and that often, that fully, quickly and willingly, without grumbling and contradiction, they do all your commands that are not against God.

Robert Grosseteste

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 Macaulay

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

The exercise of authority over the same area by two States is a contradiction.

Benjamin Tucker

Big cities are chaotic. And chaos for humans - who have experience from their ancestors - is the last step before conflict. So, in the park, every kind of visual contradiction has been eliminated.

John Hench

Contradiction was something I really like when it is embraced in that kind of philosophy.

Jim Jarmusch

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

I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.

Lisa Alther

What an antithetical mind! -- tenderness, roughness -- delicacy, coarseness -- sentiment, sensuality -- soaring and groveling, dirt and deity -- all mixed up in that one compound of inspired clay!

Lord Byron

Even though I make those movies, I find myself wishing that more of those magic moments could happen in real life.

Jane Seymour

How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.

George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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 Zedong

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

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

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

I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.

Elia Kazan

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

Ladies and gentlemen, I take office at a time in which the world is living in extreme contradictions.

Gustav Heinemann

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

Darwinism as presented by Darwin contradicted idealistic philosophy, and this contradiction grew deeper with the development of its materialist teaching.

Trofim Lysenko

Woman's at best a contradiction still.

Alexander Pope

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

Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the general framework of history, so that despite the difficulties, the fundamental paradoxes and contradictions, we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life.

Fernand Braudel

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

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

Such, Polly, are your sex - part truth, part fiction; - Some thought, much whim and all a contradiction.

Richard Savage

I like contradictions. We have never attained the infinite variety and contradictions that exist in nature. Tomorrow I shall contradict myself. That is the one way I have of asserting my liberty, the real liberty one does not find as a member of society.

Man Ray

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

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

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

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic structure of modern society can ever be resolved.

Herbert Read

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