The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese— Steven Wright
Surprising Contradictory quotations
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.
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
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.
It is not possible to live in this age if you don't have a sense of many contradictory forces.
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.
As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do.
Trouble comes not because we have taken any wrong step but because we are in a complex and contradictory world.
Agnosticism is epistemologically self-contradictory on its own assumptions because its claim to make no assertion about ultimate reality rests upon a most comprehensive assertion about ultimate reality.
Words belong to nobody, and in themselves they evaluate nothing.
But they can serve any speaker and be used for the most varied and directly contradictory evaluations on the part of the speakers.
The ultimate way of Being lies beyond all contradictory pairs of opposites with which our two dimensional thinking mind operates. As soon as we are successful in silencing the restless activity of the thinking mind and give a chance to intuition, the pure all embracing spirit in us will manifest effortlessly.
Nothing in all the world is so nonsensical and contradictory, save mortals, that is, who live in the grip of the superstitions of the past.
Opposites are not contradictory but complementary.
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.
No school can supply an anti-liberal education, or a fascist education, as these terms are contradictory. Liberalism and education are one.
Schools provide safe spaces to talk about controversial issues, and literature presents characters portraying human experience in all its richness and contradictoriness.
Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.
Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.
There's nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.
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.
We each create a story - a narritive, a picture, an allegory, a model - for what's going on in the universe. And then we fight - sometimes to the death - to make others believe in that model, or to be able to keep believing in it ourselves. In other words, we try to erase contradictory evidence to that model.
Capitalism and socialism are two distinct patterns of social organization.
Private control of the means of production and public control are contradictory notions and not merely contrary notions. There is no such thing as a mixed economy, a system that would stand midway between capitalism and socialism.
Since war itself is the most extreme form of terrorism, a war on terrorism is profoundly self-contradictory.
A blush is no language; only a dubious flag - signal which may mean either of two contradictories
We are experiencing a real confusion here in the United States, you know.
Why is it OK to drink, but it's not OK to take drugs? Blah, blah, blah. What's a crime? What's criminality? What can you do, what can't you do, and so forth. All these things are really confusing. A lot of it is really contradictory; it doesn't really make sense.
Any belief in miracles is flat contradictory not just to the facts of science but to the spirit of science.
Those [scientists] who dislike entertaining contradictory thoughts are unlikely to enrich their science with new ideas.
To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character.
As a form of government, imperialism does not seek or require the consent of the governed. It is a pure form of tyranny. The American attempt to combine domestic democracy with such tyrannical control over foreigners is hopelessly contradictory and hypocritical. A country can be democratic or it can be imperialistic, but it cannot be both.
When you talk about what you want and why you want it, there's usually less resistance within you than when you talk about what you want and how you're going to get it. When you pose questions you don't have answers for, like how, where, when, who, it sets up a contradictory vibration that slows everything down.
It just struck me that one of the things about photography that made it such a compelling medium to deal with is that it is perhaps the most contradictory of mediums.
Beautiful woman wrapped in chadors, with huge machine guns in their hands.
Brilliant, shocking, amazingly contradictory images. They compelled me to deeply investigate these ideas.
I had a lot of enthusiasms that were very contradictory, I was never very doctrinaire in the type of design I wanted to do.
A woman doesn't find it contradictory to complain about not having anything to wear and about not having enough closet space in the same conversation. You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.
Art. Its definitions are legion, its meanings multitudinous, its importance often debated. But amid the many contradictory definitions of art, one has always stood the test of time, from the Upanishads in the East, to Michelangelo in the West: art is the perception and depiction of the sublime, the transcendent, the beautiful, the spiritual.