Against Quotes

An argument derived from the abuse of a thing does not hold good against its use.

Reagan won because he ran against Jimmy Carter. If he ran unopposed he would have lost.

To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them. (“Hamlet”)

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Sir, since the debate opened months ago those of us who have stood against this proposition have been taunted many times with being little Americans. Leave us the word American, keep that in your presumptuous impeachment, and no taunt can disturb us, no gibe discompose our purposes. Call us little Americans if you will, but […]

Either you are with us or against us.

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.

It is manifest that, during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is every man against man… In such condition… the life of man (is) solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

All art is a revolt against man’s fate.