Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he groweth out of use.
Whenever a situation develops to its extreme, it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
This devil of a man (Poincaire) is the opposite of Briand the latter knows nothing, and understands everything; the other knows everything, and understands nothing.
Henry Thoreau sends me a paper with the old fault of unlimited contradiction. The trick of his rhetoric is soon learned: it consists in substituting for the obvious word and thought its diametrical antagonist. He praises wild mountains and winter forests for their domestic air; snow and ice for their warmth; villagers and wood-choppers for […]
Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you.
Nonsense is to sense, as shade to light; it heightens effect.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.