Quotes of negation

  1. Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us. – Emile M. Cioran
  2. Knowledge is two -fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false. – Charles Caleb Colton
  3. Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal. – Gustave Courbet
  4. An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself. – Jose Ortega y Gasset
  5. Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level. – Alexander Haig
  6. No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation – Knut Hamsun
  7. I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful. – Norman Hartnell
  8. Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals. – Ivan Illich
  9. An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire is to speak to many men, to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about the truths of the mind or of things. – Salvatore Quasimodo
  10. But in fact if you look at film as a metaphor, only through the negative can you have the positive print. What I'm trying to get to is the positive value of negation – Godfrey Reggio
  11. The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation when in reality they should be an object of contemplation. – Simone Weil

Usage examples for negation

  1. The doctrine is a negation of doctrine, the idle dream of idle men; even Pyrrho once, when surprised in some sudden access of fear, confessed that it was hard for him 'to get rid of the man in himself. – A Short History of Greek Philosophy by John Marshall
  2. Trabue shook his head in a decisive negation – The Law of Hemlock Mountain by Hugh Lundsford
  3. The point is that the name of Jesus, which stands for a moral ideal which is the very negation of materialism, commands a reverence, and indeed a worship, the like of which no other has ever received in the history of mankind. – The New Theology by R. J. Campbell
  4. The profoundest themes which can occupy the mind of man were handled with marvellous lightness of touch and clothed with prismatic brilliancy of speech; but all was negation – A Short History of France by Mary Platt Parmele
  5. The close- cropped, bullet- shaped, British head was agitated in vigorous negation and " Card for Mister Kirkwood!" – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
  6. An extraordinary smile passed across the face of Feriz, he waved aside the idea with his hand and bent his head forwards, which is a way the Turks have of expressing decided negation – The Slaves of the Padishah by Mór Jókai
  7. No negation not the absence of war. – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  8. The principle of negation is the very life of thought, and it is the life of thought, rather than the outcome of thought, which is reality. – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  9. In the former case the negation is distributed by the neque . – Selections from Viri Romae by Charles François L'Homond
  10. Is it true that there is no judgment, even affirmative in form, which is not mixed with negation – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  11. For they are clearly not in greater darkness or negation than not- being, or more full of light and existence than being. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  12. This is the same as saying that the negation of liberty is unthinkable. – The Reform of Education by Giovanni Gentile
  13. What was intended for the spread of true knowledge and faith became in the end the source of spiritual pride, the natural fosterer of doubt and negation – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  14. He had made a huge fire, and had heaped up beside it great store of fuel, but, though his body was warm and likely to be warm, his soul inside it felt the ravaging cold outside- remorseless, and full of mock, the ghastly power of negation and unmaking. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  15. Bob and Jack both shook their heads in negation – The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards by Gerald Breckenridge
  16. Still, to study a man by a process of negation is tedious, and though I knew that he was not a Nihilist, or a free- lover, or an atheist, or an unprincipled fellow with a dangerous temper, yet I was curious to see him as he really was. – The Autobiography of a Slander by Edna Lyall
  17. But it follows at once from this that negation is not the work of pure mind, I should say of a mind placed before objects and concerned with them alone. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  18. Crevel shook his head in negation – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  19. Politics were for him the art of the possible enlarged by the negation of the ethical. – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
  20. You do condemn me, I am certain of it, she insisted, seeing my gesture of negation – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths

Rhymes for negation