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CONTRAST
[ Also see Analogy Comparison Contradiction Equality Inconsistency ]

A learned man is a tank; a wise man is a spring.
      - William R. Alger

Good is set against evil, and life against death: so also is the sinner against a just man. And so look upon all works of the most High. Two and two, and one against another.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XXXIII, v. 16)

As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns,--as the heavens are sometimes overcast, alternately tempestuous and serene; so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joy and sorrows, with pleasure and with pains.
      - Robert Burton

Cruel men are the greatest lovers of Mercy, avaricious men of generosity, and proud men of humility; that is to say, in other, not in themselves.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Strange as it may seem, the most ludicrous lines I ever wrote have been written in the saddest mood.
      - William Cowper

We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shadow owes its birth to light.
      - John Gay

Men and statues that are admired ire an elevated situation have a very different effect upon us when we approach them; the first appear less than we imagined them, the last bigger.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

The luster of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great, because their associates are little.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The coldest bodies warm with opposition, the hardest, sparkle in collision.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Do not speak of your happiness to a man less fortunate than yourself.
      - Plutarch

If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, then heat; if height, depth also; if solid, then fluid; hardness and softness, roughness and smoothness, calm and tempest, prosperity and adversity, life and death.
      - Pythagoras

By Heaven! upon the game man, as upon a vine-planted mount, there grow more kinds of wine, than one; on the south side something little worse than nectar, on the north side something little better than vinegar.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Is the jay more precious than the lark because his feathers are more beautiful? Or is the adder better than the eel because his painted skin contents the eye?
      - William Shakespeare

Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and grace.
      - William Shakespeare

Joy and grief are never far apart. In the same street the shutters of one house are closed, while the curtains of the next are brushed by shadow of the dance. A wedding-party returns from church, and a funeral winds to its door. The smiles and the sadness of life are the tragi-comedy of Shakespeare. Gladness and sighs brighten and dim the mirror he beholds.
      - Robert Aris Willmott


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