Contrast Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old contrast quotes, contrast sayings, and contrast proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

While men represent powerful activity as assertion and aggression, women in contrast portray acts of nurturance as acts of strength.     

Carol Gilligan

It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.     

Simone De Beauvoir

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.     

Edgar Allan Poe

The ego represents what we call reason and sanity, in contrast to the id which contains the passions.     

Sigmund Freud

Truth, like light is dazzling. By contrast, untruth is a beautiful sunset that enhances everything.      

Albert Camus

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.     

Sigmund Freud

Perspective gives us the ability to accurately contrast the large with the small, and the important with the less important. Without it we are lost in a world where all ideas, news, and information look the same. We cannot differentiate, we cannot prioritize, and we cannot make good choices.     

John Sununu

In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.      

Hannah Arendt

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.     

Lloyd Banks

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.     

Charles Dickens

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.     

Victor Hugo

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? You only truly, deeply appreciate and are grateful for something when you compare and contrast it to something worse.     

John Steinbeck

Contrast increases the splendor of beauty, but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness, but diminishes its power.      

John Ruskin

The pains of life serve, by contrast, to multiply enjoyment; they constitute the foil which sets off and heightens the flashing brightness of the gem.     

Eliza Cook

Somebody who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.     


Happiness ain't a thing in itself --it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.      

Mark Twain

Optimism is wide-open in contrast to pessimism's closed heart.     

Kathleen A. Brehony

The problem with certainty is that it is static; it can do little but endlessly reassert itself. Uncertainty, by contrast, is full of unknowns, possibilities, and risks.      

Stephen Batchelor

It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.      


Wisdom is known only by contrasting it with folly; by shadow only we perceive that all visible objects are not flat. Yet Philanthropos would abolish evil!     

Ambrose Bierce

If you want the beautiful moments to shine, you have to contrast that with dark and gruesome moments. That's the way life is.     

Tony DiTerlizzi

Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.     

Stephenie Meyer

Humour is essentially a comforter, reconciling us to things as they are in contrast to things as they might be.     

Stephen Leacock

There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.     

Herman Melville

The attraction of variety, contrast, is always invigorating. Nature does not for long allow a sameness of beauty to prevail.      

Virginia Garland

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.     

Victor Hugo

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

Marriage, in contrast to the flu, starts with a fever and ends with the chills.     

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

To laugh continually is to never laugh at all. For it takes the periodic sound of sorrow from which to distinguish the sound of joy.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

The contrast which exists between the abstemious man and the drunkard is this--the former governs his affairs, but the affairs of the latter govern him.     

William Scott Downey

Philosophy is concerned with that which is, in contrast with that which seems to be. Its aim is to reveal the reality which underlies appearance.     

John Grier Hibben

Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and grace.     

William Shakespeare

You couldn't have strength without weakness, you couldn't have light without dark, you couldn't have love without loss     

Jodi Picoult