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Opposition

  • Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution ...

    • George Eliot,
    • "Janet's Repentance," Scenes of Clerical Life ()
  • To oppose something is to maintain it.

  • ... every frontier is doomed to produce an opposition beyond it. Nothing short of the universal can build the unfenced peace.

  • How happy are the bellicose. / I love opposers who oppose / Extremely and rebuke with ease / The certitudes, the verities.

  • ... I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

    • Eleanor Roosevelt,
    • letter to Bernard Baruch (1952), in Joseph P. Lash, Eleanor: The Years Alone ()
  • People are generally opposed to things they know nothing about.

  • Nothing attracts me like a closed door.

  • Unlike lions and dogs, we are a dissenting animal. We need to dissent in the same way that we need to travel, to make money, to keep a record of our time on earth and in dream, and to leave a permanent mark. Dissension is a drive, like those drives.

    • Carol Bly,
    • "Extended vs. Nuclear Families," Letter From the Country ()
  • The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct ratio to the intensity with which others try to prove him wrong.