A Quote by Edward Franklin Albee III on facts, good, opposites, reality, truth, and writers

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.

Edward Albee (1928 -)

Source: Quoted in The Saturday Review, May 4, 1966.

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A Quote by Dr. Robert Anthony on bravery, conformity, cowardice, and opposites

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.

Dr. Robert Anthony (1916 -)

Source: Think, Think On and Think Again

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A Quote by Diogenes on opposites and questions

Protagoras asserted that there are two sides to every question, exactly opposite to each other.

Diogenes (c. 412 - 323)

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A Quote by Daniel Webster on lawyers and opposites

Lawyers on opposite sides of a case are like the two parts of shears; they cut what comes between them, but not each other.

Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852)

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A Quote by Dallin H. Oaks on needs, opposites, and spirituality

Materialism, which gives priority to material needs and objects, is obviously the opposite of spirituality

Dallin H. Oaks (1932 -)

Source: Ensign, November 1985, p. 62., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by D. N. Perkins on cleverness, effort, failure, justice, opposites, problems, solution, and time

Early on in the space race, NASA spent much time and effort seeking a metal robust enough to withstand the heat of reentry and protect the astronauts. The endeavor failed. At some point, a clever person changed the problem. The real problem was to protect the astronauts, and perhaps this could be done without a material that could withstand reentry. The solution, the ablative heat shield, had characteristics just opposite to those originally sought. Rather than withstanding the heat, it slowly burnt away and carried the heat away from the vehicle.

D. N. Perkins

Source: The Mind’s Best Work (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1981), 217

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on clarity, direction, intuition, men, opposites, relationships, rest, thought, understanding, and taoism

Tao is obscured when men understand only one pair of opposites, or concentrate only on a partial aspect of being. Then clear expression also becomes muddled by mere wordplay, affirming this one aspect and denying all the rest. The pivot of Tao passes through the center where all affirmations and denials converge. He who grasps the pivot is at the still-point from which all movements and oppositions can be seen in their right relationship... Abandoning all thought of imposing a limit or taking sides, he rests in direct intuition.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Quotations from Chuang Tzu, (2:3, p. 59, p.61)

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A Quote by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord on failure, gifts, opposites, people, and understanding

There are many people who have the gift, or failing, of never understanding themselves. I have been unlucky enough, or perhaps fortunate enough to have received the opposite gift.

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (1754 - 1838)

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on mind, opposites, reality, study, understanding, vision, and world

If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both. . . . The mind and the world are opposites, and vision arises where they meet. When your mind doesn't stir inside, the world doesn't arise outside. When the world and the mind are both transparent, this is true vision. And such understanding is true understanding.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, p. 55

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A Quote by Bob Wells on action, government, and opposites

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

Bob Wells

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