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

Impartial – unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy. – Ambrose Bierce

The ‘morality of compromise’ sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. – Andrew Carnegie

If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in fields of battle and determined by the sword. – Andrew Jackson

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The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening, terror. Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing – the opening a wonderfully joyous moment. – Andy Rooney

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. – Ayn Rand

I never deny. I never contradict. I sometimes forget. – Benjamin Disraeli

The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. – Bertrand Russell

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. – Blaise Pascal

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other. – Blaise Pascal

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We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves. –Blaise Pascal

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth and have begun striving for ourselves. – Buddha

When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. – Confucius

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial. – Erma Bombeck

I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I’m afraid it will not be controversial. – Flannery O’Connor

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

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him. – George Bernard Shaw

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive. – George Bernard Shaw

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. – George Orwell

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain. – Karl Von Clausewitz

Famous Controversy Quotes

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. – Lao Tzu

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic. – Lewis Carroll

Propositions show what they say: tautologies and contradictions show that they say nothing. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it. – Mao Tse Tung

We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that. – Marcus Aurelius

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In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind – and to work some of those contradictions out for myself. – Michel de Montaigne

Popular Controversy Quotes

It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength. – Michel de Montaigne

But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. – Nancy Pelosi

The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not. – Niccolo Machiavelli

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men – and the fools know it. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be ‘consistent’. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion. – Oscar Wilde

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing. –Oscar Wilde

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. – Oscar Wilde

Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first. – Peter Ustinov

If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything. – Richard M. Nixon

I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. – Ron Paul

Best Controversy Quotes

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed… And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is. – Saint Augustine

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them. – Salvador Dali

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern. – Samuel Johnson

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I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this. – Soren Kierkegaard

Once you label me you negate me. – Soren Kierkegaard

Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion. – Spike Milligan

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number. – Steven Wright

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love. – Thomas Aquinas

The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness. – Thomas Aquinas

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