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Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

Opposition is true friendship.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian fhysician. Founder of Psychoanalysis.

I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I like the role.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) American columnist, lecturer and humanitarian.

Opposition always enflames the enthusiast, never converts him.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight.

Margaret Thatcher (1925-?) British statewoman.

Given a sufficient number of people and an adequate amount of time you can create insurmountable opposition to the most inconsequential idea.

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