Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
As lines so loves oblique may well Themselves in every angle greet But ours so truly parallel, Though infinite can never meet. Therefore the love which doth us bind, But fate so enviously debars, Is the conjunction of the mind, And Opposition of the stars.Andrew Marvell
Incorporating in their colorful, slashing, superbly readable pages, the major themes of the "left" Opposition under Walpole, these libertarian tracts, emerging first in the form of denunciations of standing armies in the reign of William III, left an indelible imprint on the "country" mind everywhere in the English-speaking world.bernard bailyn
The disciples seem alone; but up yonder, in some hidden cleft of the hills, their Master looks down on all the weltering storm, and lifts His voice in prayer. Then when the need is sorest, and the hope least, He comes across the waves, making their surges His pavement, and using all Opposition as the means of His approach; and His presence brings calmness; and immediately they are at the land.alexander maclaren
Behind the big names of twentieth-century literature there stands a shadow cabinet of writers waiting to take over once the Wind of Change has blown. My own vote goes to Hugh Kingsmill as leader of this Opposition.hugh kingsmill
No government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.benjamin disraeli
What you have witnessed since Christopher Hitchens’s Opposition to the 1991 invasion of Iraq] is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis of a butterfly into a slug.George Galloway
The American Israeli [sic] Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) exists for the purpose of lobbying Congress to support Israeli governmental policies and actions. These oligarchies have persistently reduced Israel to their ideological preferences by ignoring its critical Opposition.
President Trump and his supporters have often complained about the "deep state" — a supposedly shadowy cabal of Opposition bureaucrats buried deep within the government.Mara Liasson
Frankly, I could carve a better Opposition party out of a banana than the Tories.
His central characters are the pioneer, the doctor, the scientist, the businessman, and the feminist. The appeal of his best fiction lies in the Opposition between his idealistic protagonists and an array of fools, charlatans, and scoundrels - evangelists, editorialists, pseudo-artists, cultists, and boosters.sinclair lewis
Institutionalized desublimation thus appears to be an aspect of the “conquest of transcendence” achieved by the one-dimensional society. Just as this society tends to reduce, and even absorb Opposition (the qualitative difference!) in the realm of politics and higher culture, so it does in the instinctual sphere. The result is the atrophy of the mental organs for grasping the contradictions and the alternatives and, in the one remaining dimension of technological rationality, the Happy Consciousness comes to prevail.herbert marcuse
I'm proud of the fact that I stood up early and unequivocally in Opposition to Bush's foreign policy. That Opposition hasn't changed.Barack Obama
It is sufficiently evident from many circumstances, that the doctrine of the divinity of Christ did not establish itself without much Opposition, especially from the unlearned among the Christians, who thought that it savoured of Polytheism , that it was introduced by those who had had a philosophical education, and was by degrees adopted by others, on account of its covering the great offence of the cross , by exalting the personal dignity of our Saviour.joseph priestley
As there was no open Opposition to Aryanism from the beginning, it grew in stages and made us degradedperiyar e. v. ramasamy
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that 'if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression', human rights should be protected by the rule of law. That just laws which uphold human rights are the necessary foundation of peace and security would be denied only by closed minds which interpret peace as the silence of all Opposition and security as the assurance of their own power.
This is the third time that, in the course of six years, during which I have had the lead of the Opposition in the House of Commons, I have stormed the Treasury Benches: twice, fruitlessly, the third time with a tin kettle to my tail which rendered the race hopeless. You cannot, therefore, be surprised, that I am a little wearied of these barren victories, which like Alma , Inkerman, and Balaclava , may be glorious but are certainly nothing more.benjamin disraeli
The cardinal tenets of feminism divided my generation, effectively disempowering and disenfranchising its members. It does make me bitterlyangry that my generation, which prided itself so complacently on its soul, on its powers of intelligence and analysis, should have fallen so cloddishly for totalitarian simplicities which declared a war of eternal Opposition between men and women.Robert Lynd
"Of this voyage, I observe," says the Admiral, "that it has miraculously been shown, as may be understood by this writing, by the many signal miracles that He has shown on the voyage, and for me, who for so great a time was in the court of Your Highnesses with the Opposition and against the opinion of so many high personages of your household, who were all against me, alleging this undertaking to be folly, which I hope in Our Lord will be to the greater glory of Christianity, which to some slight extent already has happened."christopher columbus
Strong men are made by Opposition; like kites they go up against the wind.frank harris
The same qualities that made him a memorable jurist would make him a lightning rod for fierce Opposition if he were named to the Supreme Court now.byron white
Difference is the systematic play of differences, of the traces of differences, of the spacing by means of which elements are related to each other. This spacing is the simultaneously active and passive (the a of difference indicates this indecision as concerns activity and passivity, that which cannot be governed by or distributed between the terms of this Opposition) production of the intervals without which the "full" terms would not signify, would not function.jacques derrida
Auden is able to set up a We (whom he identifies himself with rejection loves company) in Opposition to the enemy They...Randall Jarrell
Marx did not call for an Opposition to the forces of history. On the contrary he accepted all of them, the drive of technology, the revolutionizing effects of democratic striving, even the vagaries of capitalism, as being indeed the carriers of a brighter future.karl marx
My so-called foreign friends do neither me nor the situation nor themselves any good when they try to bring me into Opposition to the allegedly impossible National Socialist economic theories and declare me to some extent the protector of economic reason. I can assure you that everything I say and do has the complete approval of the Fuhrer and that I would not say or do anything that does not have his approval.hjalmar schacht
It is human self-renunciation when a man denies himself and the world opens up to him. But it is Christian self-renunciation when a denies himself and, because the world precisely for this shuts itself up to him, he must as one thrust out by the world seek God's confidence. The double-danger lies precisely in meeting Opposition there where he had expected to find support, and he has to turn about twice; whereas the merely human self-resignation turns once.
I think sledging is healthy for the game. I don't really call it sledging -- at the end of the day it is gamesmanship. What you are trying to do is put the Opposition off their game.