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PERVERSENESS
[ Also see Absurdity Disobedience Docility Ill-nature Obstinacy Opposition Rebellion Self-will Wickedness ]

Some men, like spaniels, will only fawn the more when repulsed, but will pay little heed to a friendly caress.
      - Abd-el-Kader (Kadir)

We have all a propensity to grasp at forbidden fruit.
      - Ralph Cudworth

Virtue hath some perverseness, for she will neither believe her good nor others ill.
      - Dr. John Donne

The perverseness of my fate is such that he's not mine because he's mine too much.
      - John Dryden

To so perverse a sex all grace is vain.
      - John Dryden

The strength of the donkey mind lies in adopting a course inversely as the arguments urged, which, well considered, requires as great a mental force as the direct sequence.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

When once a man is determined to believe, the very absurdity of the doctrine confirms him in his faith.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart--one of the indivisible, primary faculties or sentiments which give direction to man.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

Opposition embitters the enthusiast but never converts him.
  [Ger., Zang erbittert die Schwarmer immer, aber bekehrt sie nie.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Cabale und Liebe (III, 1)

Perversity is the muse of modern literature.
      - Susan Sontag

Perverseness is your whole defence.
      - Jonathan Swift

For so remarkably perverse is the nature of man that he despises whoever courts him, and admires whoever will not bend before him.
      - Thucydides

Best friends might loathe us, if what things perverse we know of our own selves they also knew.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench


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