No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.
— Henry P. Fairchild

I try to offset any tendency towards the macabre with humour. As I see it, this is a typically English form of humour. It's a piece with such jokes as the one about the man who was being led to the gallows to be hanged. He looked at the trap door in the gallows, which was flimsily constructed, and he asked in some alarm, 'I say, is that thing safe?'
Alfred Hitchcock offset quote

I don't mind occasionally having to reinvent a wheel; I don't even mind using someone's reinvented wheel occasionally. But it helps a lot if it is symmetric, contains no fewer than ten sides, and has the axle centered. I do tire of trapezoidal wheels with offset axles.
— Joseph Newcomer

Every effort needs to be made to try and offset the costs of Katrina and Rita by reductions in other government programs, especially those that are wasteful, duplicative and ineffective.
— Ben Bernanke

One of our theories is that one can offset this excessive compulsion toward the spectacular with a return to simplicity.
— offset quotation by Rem Koolhaas