Favorite Quotations ~  Opposites Why I Wake Early

"The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference." ~ Mal Pancoast


All things come into being by conflict of opposites. ~ Heraclitus

Opposites can attract, as in magnetism. Or explode, as in matter and antimatter. ~ Peter David

We know a thing by its opposite corollary; hot by having experienced cold; good by having decided what is bad; love by hate. ~ Sylvia Plath

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. ~ W.H. Auden

The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's the opposition. ~ Nick Seitz

A sister is both your mirror and your opposite. ~ Elizabeth Fishel

Listen to your instincts, then do the opposite. ~ Robert W. Bly

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. ~ Albert Einstein

Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsions, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence. ~ William Blake

Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance. ~ Hannah Arendt

In order to obtain and hold power a man must love it. Thus the effort to get it is not likely to be coupled with goodness, but with the opposite qualities of pride, craft and cruelty. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Perhaps she was both child and woman, darkness and light, past and present, life and death -- all the opposites contained and reconciled in her. ~ Paule Marshall