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George Bernard ShawGreatness is one of the sensations of littleness.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Georg Christoph LichtenbergTo do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

George Bernard ShawYou cannot be a hero without being a coward.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Oscar WildeThe only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ambrose BierceOpposition, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amok by hamstringing it.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Eric HofferThe opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Ronald ReaganAs government expands, liberty contracts.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Wolfgang GoetheThere is strong shadow where there is much light.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Fernando PessoaSolitude desolates me; company oppresses me.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Albert CamusThe opposite of an idealist is too often a man without love.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Marquis de SadeIn order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Charles BaudelairePerhaps it would be sweet to be, in turn, both victim and executioner.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Frank TygerYou can't be envious and happy at the same time.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

André GideOften the best in us springs from the worst in us.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Francis BaconProsperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

William BlakeWithout contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate are necessary to human existence.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Karl MarxLuxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher


Turkish proverbLoss and profit are brothers.

—  Turkish proverb

French proverbTo estimate the sweet, you must taste the bitter.

—  French proverb

Japanese proverbThe reverse side also has a reverse side.

—  Japanese proverb


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