Sunday, February 15, 2009 – Opposition


It is the reformer who is anxious for the reform, and not society, from which he should expect nothing better than opposition, abhorrence and mortal persecution. ~ Mahatma Gandhi


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


Opposition is true friendship. ~ William Blake


To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition. ~ Woody Allen


Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration – courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth. ~ H. L. Mencken


I’m religiously opposed to religion. ~ Victor Hugo


I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


There has been opposition to every innovation in the history of man, with the possible exception of the sword. ~ Benjamin Dana


Anger and humor are like the left and right arm. They complement each other. Anger empowers the poor to declare their uncompromising opposition to oppression, and humor prevents them from being consumed by their fury. ~ James Cone


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


To excite opposition and inflame malevolence is the unhappy privilege of courage made arrogant by consciousness of strength. ~ Samuel Johnson


Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution. ~ George Eliot


Opposition inflames the enthusiast, never converts him. ~ Friedrich von Schiller


You can measure a man by the opposition it takes to discourage him. ~ Robert C. Savage


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


No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition. It reduces their supporters to that tractable number which can be managed by the joint influences of fruition and hope. It offers vengeance to the discontented, and distinction to the ambitious; and employs the energies of aspiring spirits, who otherwise may prove traitors in a division or assassins in a debate. ~ Benjamin Disraeli


Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. ~ Alexander Hamilton


Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized. ~ Joseph Sobran


Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. ~ Zig Ziglar


Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter mush. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order. ~ Justice Robert Jackson (West Virginia State Board V. Barnette, 1943)


I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them. ~ Charles de Gaulle


The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves. ~ Gene Fowler


One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time. ~ Robert F. Kennedy


All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally it is accepted as self-evident. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer


Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. ~ Mark Twain


However fiercely opposed one may be to the present order, an old respect for the idea of order itself often prevents people from distinguishing between order and those who stand for order, and leads them in practice to respect individuals under the pretext of respecting order itself. ~ Antonin Artaud


Integrity has no need of rules. ~ Albert Camus


O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand. ~ William Penn