A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief, opposites, and wishes

What is wanted is not the will to believe but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on action and opposites

When confronted with two courses of action I jot down on a piece of paper all the arguments in favor of each one - then on the opposite side I write the arguments against each one. Then by weighing the arguments pro and con and canceling them out, one against the other, I take the course indicated by what remains.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Benjamin Disraeli on america and opposites

As I sat opposite the Treasury Bench the ministers reminded me of one of those marine landscapes not very unusual on the coasts of South America. You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

Source: Speech, Manchester, 3 Apr. 1872

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on beginning, force, mind, morality, and opposites

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged, 1957

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A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on direction, failure, and opposites

If you cry "Forward!" you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a monde and revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite?

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

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A Quote by Anita Loos on clothes, good, kiss, opposites, people, and sex

If we have to tell Hollywood good-by, it may be with one of those tender, old-fashioned, seven-second kisses exchanged between two people of the opposite sex, with all their clothes on.

Anita Loos (1888 - 1981)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on books, civilization, habits, opposites, people, and thinking

It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: An Introduction to Mathematics.

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A Quote by Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr. on country, facts, ideas, opposites, and reason

Some have an idea that the reason we in this country discard things so readily is because we have so much. The facts are exactly opposite - the reason we have so much is simply because we discard things so readily. We replace the old in return for something that will serve us better.

Alfred Sloan (1875 - 1960)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on courage, direction, genius, intelligence, opposites, and violence

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: see Schumacher

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on opposites

Abu Sa'id al-Kharraz said: I have never known Allah - May He be exalted! - except through the coincidence in Him of the opposites. "He is the First and the Last, the Apparent and the Hidden." (Koran 57:3)

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 193, p. 111

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