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. —Emerson.
Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our
nerves, and sharpens our
skill. Our antagonist is our helper.—Burke.
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.
No government can be long secure without
a formidable opposition.
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.
make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and
separate them. —Goethe.
It is a true miracle when a man finally
sees himself as his only opposition.