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On Contradiction...


Ideas are often found where other people are not looking, or by turning things around to look at them in a reverse sort of way. After all, if you consider first the area where you are looking now and the rest of the universe, then the universe wins big time on possibilities, though not on comfort.

See also

being different, chaos, deviation, rearrangement


‘A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.’

Theodore Adorno

‘The spirit of creation is simply the spirit of contradiction.’

Jean Cocteau

‘All true knowledge contradicts common sense.’

Mandell Creighton

‘The foolish man wonders at the unusual; the wise man at the usual.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.’


‘There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.’

Franz Kafka

‘First, you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labour is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.’

Anita Roddick

‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’

Henry David Thoreau


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