On Contradiction

‘A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.’
— Theodore Adorno
‘The spirit of creation is simply the spirit of contradiction.’
— Jean Cocteau
‘All true knowledge contradicts common sense.’
— Mandell Creighton
‘The foolish man wonders at the unusual; the wise man at the usual.’
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.’
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.’
— Heraclitus
‘There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.’
— Franz Kafka
‘First, you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labour is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.’
— Anita Roddick
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’
— Henry David Thoreau