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Contradictory Quotes


Pairs of quotes and sayings contradicting each other

Cogito ergo sum.

I think therefore I exist.

René Descartes

I think that I think, therefore I think that I am.

Ambrose Bierce

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part.

Pierre de Coubertin

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

Vince Lombardi

Don’t saw off the branch you are sitting on.

International proverb

Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

International proverb

People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.

Oscar Wilde

Honesty is the best policy.

American proverb

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

George Carlin

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese proverb

They say that instead of cursing the darkness, one should light a candle. Nothing is mentioned, though, about cursing a lack of candles

George Carlin

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

American proverb

If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten.

George Carlin

Good things come to those who wait.

English proverb

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln

He who knows others is wise, but he who knows himself is enlightened.


Only the shallow know themselves.

Oscar Wilde

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Benjamin Franklin

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Mark Twain

Time is money.

Benjamin Franklin

Time is a waste of money.

Oscar Wilde

In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.

Andy Warhol

I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is “In 15 minutes everybody will be famous”.

Andy Warhol

All the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.

William Shakespeare

If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

George Carlin

To be, or not to be: that is the question.

William Shakespeare

To be or not to be… Neither one nor the other.

Emile M. Cioran

War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men.

Georges Clemenceau

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Charles de Gaulle

All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore Socrates is mortal.


All cats are mortal. Socrates is mortal. Therefore Socrates is a cat.

Eugene Ionesco



relevant quote
A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth
Thomas Mann

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