To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
It is not cowardly, quite the contrary, to seek to meet the adversary and know his intentions. However, it is cowardly, shameful and treasonable to lay down arms.
And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion, which is that our global economy is out of control and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics.
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
Contraries are cured by contraries.
The effects of good music are not just because it's new;
on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step -- it is an old business procedure.
Religions are not imaginative, not poetic, not soulful.
On the contrary, they are parochial, small-minded, niggardly with the human imagination, precisely where science is generous.
What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.
Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world.
Mortal or immortal, few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds.
Work continuously to trim the White House staff from your first day to your last. All the pressures are to the contrary.
Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.
The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.
My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do.
My mother's idea of natural childbirth was giving birth without makeup.
She was hyper-positive - the world is a wonderful place, rainbows and unicorns. If you said anything contrary to her, you were basically exiled.
My pet aphorism suffer fools gladly should be the guide of the Assistant Secretary, who, during the fortnight of his activity, has more little vanities and rivalries to smooth over and conciliate than other people meet with in a lifetime. Now you do not suffer fools gladly; on the contrary, you gladly make fools suffer. I do not say you are wrong; No tu quoque'; but that is where the danger of the explosion lies'; not in regard to the larger business of the Association.
True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels themthe desire to do rightis precisely the same.