When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
— Confucius

Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
— Saint Augustine

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
— Paul McCartney

The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.
— Henry David Thoreau