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I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) French artist.

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

What an antithetical mind! -- tenderness, roughness -- delicacy, coarseness -- sentiment, sensuality -- soaring and groveling, dirt and deity -- all mixed up in that one compound of inspired clay!

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.


How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.