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OPPOSITION
[ Also see Advice Agitation Argument Contention Contradiction Controversy Difference Encouragement Help Obstinacy Perverseness Quarrels Rebellion Reform Revolution Rivalry War ]

Opposition strengthens the manly will.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he groweth out of use.
      - Francis Bacon

Nobody loves heartily unless people take pains to prevent it.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Whenever a situation develops to its extreme, it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.
      - Frank Capra

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
      - Albert Einstein

A strenuous soul hates cheap success. It is the ardor of the assailant that makes the vigor of the defendant.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat; men to whom a crisis which intimidates and paralyzes the majority--demanding, not the faculties of prudence and thrift, but comprehension, immovableness, the readiness of sacrifice,--comes graceful and beloved as a bride.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you.
      - Frank Herbert

There is no possible success without some opposition as a fulcrum; force is always aggressive, and crowds something or other, if it does not hit and trample upon it.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Difficulty adds to result, as the ramming of powder sends the bullet the further.
      - George MacDonald

It is not the victory that makes the joy of noble hearts; but the combat.
      - Charles Forbes Montalembert

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against and not with the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax pale, therefore, because of opposition.
      - John Neal

Difficulties spur us whenever they do not check us.
      - Charles Reade

It is not ease, but effort--not facility, but difficulty, that makes men. There is, perhaps, no station in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered and overcome before any decided measure of success can be achieved.
      - Samuel Smiles

Opposition is the very spur of love.
      - Tobias George Smollett


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