There is something about the literary life that repels me, all this desperate building of castles on cobwebs, the long-drawn acrimonious struggle to make something important which we all know will be gone forever in a few years, the miasma of failure which is to me almost as offensive as the cheap gaudiness of popular success.
An old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street. This clearness and ease of comprehension, here insisted on for a mathematical theory, I should still more demand for a mathematical problem if it is to be perfect; for what is clear and easily comprehended attracts, the complicated repels us.david hilbert
“I take small interest in politics,” he said. “The subject repels me.”ken macleod
There are faults which show heart and win hearts, while the virtue in which there is no love, repels.john lancaster spalding
The Greeks observed a paradox about the dyad : While it appears separate from unity, its opposite poles remember their source and attract each other in an attempt to merge and return to the state of unity. The dyad simultaneously divides and unites, repels and attracts, separates and returns.
If there is any thing that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of ill, it is human love.
Love is the true antithesis of fear. It expands where fear constricts. It embraces where fear repels.Woodman, Marion and Dickson, Elinor