What is wanted is not the will-to-believe, but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite.bertrand russell
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
Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man; Communism is the exact opposite.A satirical definition that, according to Steven Pinker, was "the common definition [in the Soviet Union] of the two Cold War ideologies".
The poet and the dreamer are distinct, Diverse, sheer opposite, antipodes. The one pours out a balm upon the world, The other vexes it.john keats
I should like to make an observation to right honourable and honourable Gentlemen opposite. It is that I do not think they will help to produce the atmosphere in Europe which is so desirable by issuing papers that have been issued by the National Council of Labour, headed 'Hit Hitler'.stanley baldwin
"The sad truth is that the opposite of 'war' is not 'peace'."thomas frey
It's a rule worth having in mind. Income almost always flows along the same axis as power but in the opposite direction.john kenneth galbraith
I was on the way to my hotel, and I passed a hotel going in the opposite direction.bob hope
The novice-friendly software is more like a misbehaving dog: it shits on the floor, it destroys things, and stinks – the novice-friendly software embodies the opposite of what computer people have dreamed of for decades: artificial stupidity. It's more human.erik naggum
Literature is the opposite of a nuclear bomb.Arundhati Roy
I say to those opposite: we intend to prevail in this battle of ideas, on the ground, right through to the next election. We intend to prevail.kevin rudd
Just now, when every one is bound, under pain of a decree in absence convicting them of lèse-respectability, to enter on some lucrative profession, and labour therein with something not far short of enthusiasm, a cry from the opposite party, who are content when they have enough.Robert Louis Stevenson
William James used to preach the "will-to-believe." For my part, I should wish to preach the "will-to-doubt." None of our beliefs are quite true; all at least have a penumbra of vagueness and error. What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.Bertrand Russell, "Free Thought and Official Propaganda", Sceptical Essays (1928)
Shaking hands with the strangers of opposite sex is forbiddenmohammad hussein fadlallah
Here’s the pay paradox that Why Men Earn More explains: Men earn more money, therefore men have more power; and men earn more money, therefore men have less power (earning more money as an obligation, not an option). The opposite is true for women: Women earn less money, therefore women have less power; and women earn less money, therefore women have more power (the option to raise children, or to not take a hazardous job).warren farrell
Geoffrey also recognized that the opposite orientations of gut and nervous system posed a problem for his claim that insects and vertebrates represent different versions of the same archetypal animal - and he proposed the first account of the inversion theory to resolve this threat to unification. ...Geoffroy pursued the... aim of establishing a "unity of type" that could generate both arthropods and vertebrates from the same basic blueprint. ...The single grand design includes a gut in the middle and the main nerve cords somewhere on the periphery.stephen jay gould
This is a serious analysis of a ridiculous subject, which is of course the opposite of what is usual in economics.paul krugman
Care is a state in which something does matter ; care is the opposite of apathy. Care is the necessary source of eros, the source of human tenderness.rollo may
The Reverend Pullman sat on the opposite side of the bench, wearing clerical garb and one of those unctuous smiles that proclaims a monopoly on truth.jack mcdevitt
I am looking forward very much to getting back to Cambridge, and being able to say what I think and not to mean what I say: two things which at home are impossible. Cambridge is one of the few places where one can talk unlimited nonsense and generalities without anyone pulling one up or confronting one with them when one says just the opposite the next day.bertrand russell
When someone disagrees with you on a moral point you assume that he is one step behind in his thinking, and he assumes that he has gone one step ahead. But I take both parts, O'Hara, leapfrogging myself along the great moral issues, refuting myself and rebutting the refutation towards a truth that must be the compound of two opposite half-truths. And you never reach it because there is always something more to say.tom stoppard
As soon as an opinion becomes common it is sufficient reason for men to abandon it and to uphold the opposite opinion until that in its turn grows old, and they require to distinguish themselves by other things. Thus if they attain their goal in some art or science, we must expect them soon to cast it aside to acquire some fresh fame, and this is partly the reason why the most splendid ages degenerate so quickly, and, scarcely emerged from barbarism, plunge into it again.vauvenargues, luc de clapiers, marquis de
The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.Thomas Sowell, in Knowledge and Decisions, p.10
A feather will weigh down a scale when there is nothing in the opposite one.Book II, Chapter I, On the Progress of Wealth, Section V, p. 355
Protagoras asserted that there were two sides to every question, exactly opposite to each other.Protagoras, 3.
It is also naïve empiricism to provide, in support of some argument, series of eloquent confirmatory quotes by dead authorities. By searching, you can always find someone who made a well-sounding statement that confirms your point of view and, on every topic, it is possible to find another dead thinker who said the exact opposite.nassim nicholas taleb
Although psychology and pedagogy have always maintained the belief that a child is a happy being without any conflicts, and have assumed that the sufferings of adults are the results of the burdens and hardships of reality, it must be asserted that just the opposite is true. What we learn about the child and the adult through psychoanalysis shows that all the sufferings of later life are for the most part repetitions of these earlier ones, and that every child in the first years of life goes through and immeasurable degree of suffering.Melanie Klein Love, Guilt and Reparation: And Other Works 1921-1945. (2002) p. 173
You, Socrates , began by saying that virtue can't be taught, and now you are insisting on the opposite, trying to show that all things are knowledge, justice, soundness of mind, even courage, from which it would follow that virtue most certainly can be taught.As quoted in Protagoras by Plato
Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.Sholem Asch, The Nazarene, 1939, p.3.
Faith: The opposite of dogmatism.John Ralston Saul, in The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense (1994): "Faith".