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Blaise PascalFaith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Mignon McLaughlinNo good neurotic finds it difficult to be both opinionated and indecisive.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

George Bernard ShawDisobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

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

Lao-TzuStop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Pablo PicassoI’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Ayn Rand“Free competition enforced by law” is a grotesque contradiction in terms.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Karl MarxIf anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Emile M. CioranTo hope is to contradict the future.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

William BlakeDo what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

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

Antonio PorchiaIn a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThe weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

G. K. ChestertonCourage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Thomas PaineAs to the book called the bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions and a history of bad times and bad men.

—  Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English-American writer

Paul ValeryOur most important thoughts are those that contradict our emotions.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Frank TygerJunk is the stuff we throw away. Stuff is the junk we keep.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Umberto EcoComical is the understanding of the contradiction. Humor is the suspicion for it.

—  Umberto Eco, 1932-2016, Italian writer

André GideOnly fools don't contradict themselves.

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

George Bernard ShawWhen a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction between Crime and Justice is no greater.

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


Quotes in Verse

Walt WhitmanDo I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large
I contain multitudes.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet


Funny Quotes

George CarlinHow come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Steven WrightI think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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