144 Best Contradiction Quotes To Help You See Things Differently

Contradiction quote
Inspirational contradiction quote

The Most Famous Contradiction Quotes (Best in 2024)

Go to table of contents

If then it be possible that one contrary should exist, or be called into existence, the other contrary will also appear to be possible. — Aristotle

The contradiction so puzzling to the ordinary way of thinking comes from the fact that we have to use language to communicate our inner experience, which in its very nature transcends linguistics. — D.T. Suzuki

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. — Oscar Wilde

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

Truth sounds paradoxical! — Lao Tzu

Love resolves all contradictions. Without love, man cannot make sense of his existence. — Peter Deunov

One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions. — Friedrich Nietzsche

The so-called paradoxes of an author, to which a reader takes exception, often exist not in the author's book at all, but rather in the reader's head. — Friedrich Nietzsche

This illustrates an important truth, namely, that the worse your logic, the more interesting the consequences to which it gives rise. — Bertrand Russell

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories. — Philip J. Davis

Short Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

  • A fundamental contradiction does not exist between socialism and a market economy. — Deng Xiaoping
  • It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind. — Naguib Mahfouz
  • There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights. — Dorothy Height
  • Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. — Groucho Marx
  • Iron ring made of wood. — Hungarian Proverbs
  • Whatever contradicts the Word of God should be instantly resisted as diabolical. — John Bunyan
  • To get drunk with cold water. — Romanian Proverbs
  • It is a bit of a paradox. — Bernard Arnault
  • It’s a contradiction that we all deal with. — Naval Ravikant
  • Affordable luxury — these are two things that do not go together. — Bernard Arnault

Top 10 Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers. — Aristotle

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

Drama is exposure; it is confrontation; it is contradiction and it leads to analysis, construction, recognition and eventually to an awakening of understanding. — Peter Brook

Intelligence is measured by a person's ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students. — Paulo Freire

A fundamental contradiction does not exist between socialism and a market economy. — Deng Xiaoping

As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life. — Napoleon Bonaparte

I we are born to die and we all die to live, then what's the point of living life if it just contradicts? — Ronnie Radke

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider. — Francis Bacon

It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind. — Naguib Mahfouz

Walking Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

I like first class, but I don't like first class people - I prefer the people in coach. I like fine restaurants, but prefer the taste of McDonalds. I like to be perfect, but I don't like perfection - I think it's dangerous. There is nothing after perfection. I know, I am a walking contradiction. — Alber Elbaz

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

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. — Elizabeth Kim

So, this is how it's become? This is how I've become? A walking contradiction? I'm surrounded by people and feel alone. I claim to crave a bit of normalcy but now that I have some, it's like I don't know what to do with it, I don't know how to be a normal person anymore. — Gayle Forman

There's not one person in the world that's not a living, walking contradiction. — Nas

I love the walking contradiction of the body. I want to make corporeal characters, corporeal writing, I want to bring the intensities and contradictions and beauty and violence and stench and desire and astonishing physicality of the body back into literature. — Lidia Yuknavitch

The chief reason I shove the reader inside the body - or more specifically, the chief reason I try to get the reader to feel their own body while they are reading, is this: we live by and through the body, and the body, is a walking contradiction. — Lidia Yuknavitch

To discover our own intimate contradictions is a success in itself because our interior judgment is spontaneously free. The man guided by the voice of the Consciousness walks victorious through the Correct Path. — Samael Aun Weor

A man walking through a wall is a miracle. A man both walking and not walking through a wall at the same time and in the same respect is a contradiction. God can perform miracles but not contradictions - not because his power is limited, but because contradictions are meaningless. — Peter Kreeft

‎These little contradictions are in all of us. They're in me at least. And so I forgot that I had been awake for 30 hours and kept walking, grateful to be a little boat full of water, still floating. — John Green

Self Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved. — Henri Nouwen

...Erich Fromm wondered why most people did not become insane in the face of the existential contradiction between a symbolic self, that seems to give man infinite worth in a timeless scheme of things, and a body that is worth about 98¢. — Ernest Becker

If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent's good will. — Dale Carnegie

The very design of the gospel doth tend to self-abasing; and the work of grace is begun and carried on in humiliation. Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature: it is a contradiction to be a sanctified man, or a true Christian, and not humble. — Richard Baxter

It would be gross understatement to say that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is not a model of clarity. It is in many important respects a model of ambiguity or indeed even self-contradiction. — Antonin Scalia

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

Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I can bear it. — Walt Whitman

When experience contradicts firmly held judgments of self-efficacy, people may not change their beliefs about themselves if the conditions of performance are such as to lead them to discount the import of the experience — Albert Bandura

Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one's own governing philosophy. — Tom Clancy

Subjectivity is my middle name, a trick memory is my pack mule, and self-contradiction is my trusty old jackknife. — Luc Sante

Love Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

Having limits to push against is how you find out what you can do. I have always been full of contradictions. I am shy but I love the freedom of the stage. I need reassurance but at the same time I don’t want it. I hate being afraid but I can’t help wanting to frighten myself. That is how you grow. — Sylvie Guillem

When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him. — Elisabeth Elliot

Love is a contradiction. — Cassandra Clare

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental , nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink — George Orwell

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. — Elizabeth Gilbert

Young people nowadays love luxury; they have bad manners and contempt for authority. They show disrespect for old people... contradict their parents, talk constantly in front of company, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers. — Socrates

I like being on my own better than I like anything else, but I can't give up love. Maybe it's the tension between longing and aloneness that I need. My own funicular railway, holding in balance the two things most likely to destroy me. — Jeanette Winterson

Let us, cautious in diction, And mighty in contradiction, Love powerfully. — Martin Buber

For me, love is the never-ending question. It is confusing. It is the answer, but it is also inundated with contradictions and complications. — Jennifer Lopez

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. — Cassandra Clare

Human Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

No human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal? — Elie Wiesel

The truth of a theory can never be proven, for one never knows if future experience will contradict its conclusions. — Albert Einstein

The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another. Is there a way to erase the dilemma, to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist and the empiricist world views? — E. O. Wilson

We who live in free market societies believe that growth and prosperity, and ultimately human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not the government down. — Ronald Reagan

People pretend to be nice, people pretend to be smooth, and polite and everything, but this is only an appearance, because the way we're built as human beings is only in paradox and contradictions. — Vincent Cassel

Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. — Thomas Jefferson

Human nature is full of riddles and contradictions; its very complexity engenders art-and by art I mean the search for something more than simple linear formulations, flat solutions, oversimplified explanations. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

There is nothing more lonely than eternity. And nothing is more cozy for us than to be a human being. This indeed is another contradiction-how can we keep the bonds of our humanness and still venture gladly and purposefully into the absolute loneliness of eternity? — Carlos Castaneda

When we think of eternity, and of the future consequences of all human conduct, what is there in this life that should make any man contradict the dictates of his conscience, the principles of justice, the laws of religion, and of God? — William Wilberforce

When human laws contradict or discountenance the means, which are necessary to preserve the essential rights of any society, they defeat the proper end of all laws, and so become null and void. — Alexander Hamilton

I Am A Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain ending - an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check, and nihilism at bay. — William Kentridge

I have a congenital desire to contradict; my whole life is merely a chain of sad and unsuccessful contradictions to heart and mind. When faced with enthusiasm, I am seized by a midwinter freeze, and I suppose that frequent dealings with sluggish phlegmatics would have made a passionate dreamer. — Mikhail Lermontov

I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful. — T. S. Eliot

You know what offends me? Offended people. In a country with guaranteed rights to freedom of religion, its citizens are constantly trying to make faith in public spheres illegal, I am offended by that contradiction and want to talk about it as a comic. — Brad Stine

I am, like anybody else, full of contradictions and personality traits, and I don't know which ones to speak from as a stand-up or what aspects of myself to ask an audience to identify with. — Andy Daly

I am a person always full of contradictions... It was hard to choose whether to devote myself to revolution as a soldier or as a writer. — Ba Jin

I am composed of contradictions, which is why poetry is a better form for me than philosophy — Czeslaw Milosz

I am a mass of contradictions. — Maureen Johnson

I am a man of contradictions, I suppose. — Rod Stewart

Contradict Quotes

Go to table of contents

I’m a feminist so I believe in inhabiting contradictions. I believe in making contradictions productive, not in having to choose one side or the other side. As opposed to choosing either or, choosing both. — Angela Davis

It’s time to put away our fairytales, all of them, and assume our responsibilities, the adult responsibilities that begin with adult knowledge. Our planet needs us. She needs us to think like healers and act like warriors. And if you think that’s a contradiction, then get out of the way. — Lierre Keith

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. — Saint Francis de Sales

It must be obvious...that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. — Shunryu Suzuki

Some people think or expect that you should make the same kinds of art forever because it creates a convenient narrative... I want my work to embody my inherent contradictions. — Kiki Smith

It's a meeting between two personalities of different natures—the creative people and the organizers, water and fire. But out of the contradiction can come progress. — Bernard Arnault

Do you think when two representatives holding diametrically opposing views get together and shake hands, the contradictions between our systems will simply melt away? What kind of a daydream is that? — Nikita Khrushchev

I’m almost never serious, and I’m always too serious. Too deep, too shallow. Too sensitive, too cold hearted. I’m like a collection of paradoxes. — Ferdinand De Saussure

On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culminating in the checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite. — Emanuel Lasker

We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together. — Terence McKenna

Contrary Quotes

Go to table of contents

My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company. — Friedrich Nietzsche

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding. — Ellen G. White

Our confidence in Christ does not make us lazy, negligent, or careless, but on the contrary it awakens us, urges us on, and makes us active in living righteous lives and doing good. There is no self-confidence to compare with this. — Huldrych Zwingli

To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city, is repugnant to nature; contumely to God, a thing most contrary to his revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is the subversion of good order, of all equity and justice. — John Knox

Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty. — Immanuel Kant

Intricate minglings of different uses in cities are not a form of chaos. On the contrary, they represent a complex and highly developed form of order. — Jane Jacobs

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. — John J. Pershing

The prohibition of science would be contrary to the Bible, which in hundreds of places teaches us how the greatness and the glory of God shine forth marvelously in all His works, and is to be read above all in the open book of the heavens. — Galileo Galilei

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements — Audrey Hepburn

It's the notion that there is no perfection - that there is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still there is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances. — Leonard Cohen

People Writing About Contradiction

Go to table of contents

Name Quotes Likes
Read quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
quotes on god, love and morality

2473 32550
Read quotes by Aristotle

quotes on life, love and success

1252 18854
Read quotes by Deng Xiaoping

Deng Xiaoping
quotes on economic reform, cat

50 1267
Read quotes by Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz

58 753
Read quotes by Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault
quotes on luxury, goods and fashion

155 105
Read quotes by Romanian Proverbs

Romanian Proverbs
quotes on line, life and marriage

33 1

More Contradiction Quotes

Go to table of contents

Contradiction quote by George Bernard Shaw

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

A crowd of grade-three thinkers, all shouting the same thing, all warming their hands at the fire of their own prejudices, will not thank you for pointing out the contradictions in their beliefs. Man is a gregarious animal, and enjoys agreement as cows will graze all the same way on the side of a hill. — William Golding

Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen. — Martin Luther

Every morning, I shall concern myself anew about the boundary, Between the love-deed-Yes and the power-deed-No, And pressing forward honor reality. We cannot avoid, Using power, Cannot escape the compulsion, To afflict the world, So let us, cautious in diction, And mighty in contradiction, Love powerfully. — Martin Buber

What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life. — Xi Jinping

What a chimera then is man. What a novelty! What a monster... what a contradiction, what a prodigy — Blaise Pascal

Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them. — Benjamin Franklin

The beggar begs and his wife gives charity. — Moroccan Proverbs

Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it. — E. J. Hobsbawm

A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich. I cannot properly contradict him. — Thomas Malthus

The stronger the identity, the more it imprisons, the more it resists expansion, interpretation, renewal, contradiction. — Rem Koolhaas

The best things in life are free — Luther Vandross

In Conclusion

These quotes serve as reminders that contradictions are a natural part of human existence and can offer opportunities for growth and self-reflection. They encourage individuals to embrace the contradictions they encounter and view them as sources of wisdom and understanding. Quotes about contradiction often emphasize the importance of embracing ambiguity and recognizing that life is full of paradoxes. They remind us to be open-minded, accepting the contradictions that arise and understanding that they can lead to new insights and perspectives.

Which quotation resonated with you best? Did you enjoy our collection of contradiction quotes? Or may be you have a slogan about contradiction to suggest. Let us know using our contact form.

About the author

This collection is managed by , with an extensive background in quote curation. They have meticulously gathered, researched, and compiled the quotes featured on this page. Every quote has been diligently cross-verified for its origin, its authenticity, and its potential influence on our readership.


Feel free to cite use any of the quotes in this collection of contradiction. For popular citation styles(APA, Chicago, MLA), please use this citation page.

Embed HTML Link

Copy and paste this HTML code in your webpage