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Opponent Quotes

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The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Values Government Political Peace Value

Beating an opponent is not a goal,
but a by-product of success.
- John Wooden

If you stand up and be counted,
from time to time you may get yourself knocked down.
But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again.
A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
- Thomas J. Watson

Life is a constant opponent,
and an overpowering adversary if attacked directly.
The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life -
a parry here, a feint there - always engaged,
but never in the direct line of life's heaviest blows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
- Arnold Palmer

You never lose a game if the opponent doesn't score.
- Darrell Royal

A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound
but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.
- Nigel Short

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The idea is not to block every shot.
The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
- Bill Russell

If you're going to try to win an election,
you can't be 80 percent.
You can't say, I'm for what my Democratic opponent is,
for but not quite so much of it.
- Pete du Pont

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
- James M. Barrie

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness.
Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness.
Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
- Sun Tzu

Even if you play perfectly, a fault of your opponent's
can destroy the entire beauty of the game.
- Vladimir Kramnik

Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting
pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an
opponent to babble and backtrack nervously.
- Lance Morrow

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because
your opponent has taken the right side.
- Baltasar Gracian

I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent
or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never,
ever your uniform.
- Ryne Sandberg

You have to make lots of birdies and give your opponent no chance.
- Michelle Wie

Self-improvement is the name of the game,
and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself,
not to destroy an opponent.
- Maxwell Maltz

The key to a winning season is focusing on one opponent at a time.
Winning one week at a time.
Never look back and never look ahead.
- Chuck Noll

Science rests on reason and experiment,
and can meet an opponent with calmness;
but a belief is always sensitive.
- James Anthony Froude

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent
does not know what to defend;
and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
- Sun Tzu

I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess,
when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself.
To control aggression without inflicting injury in the Art of Peace.
- Morihei Ueshiba

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when
it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.
- Konrad Adenauer

When you find your opponent's weak spot,
hammer it.
- John Heisman

The big secret to winning elections is to get more
votes than your opponent.
My friend Representative Robin Hayes is a good example to study.
- Jesse Helms

When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil.
- James Carville

A campaign is about defining who you are -
your vision and your opponent's vision.
- Donna Brazile

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming
that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.
- George Orwell

Negotiating means getting the best of your opponent.
- Marvin Gaye

Well, I was a very strong opponent of the war,
in fact, one of those who went door to door to my colleagues
and thus achieved 60 percent of the Democrats voting no against this war.
- Jan Schakowsky

Management must speak with one voice.
When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral
opponent to the team's mission.
- Pat Riley

To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.
- Johan Cruijff

I don't like to show my emotions at the board,
not because they might give something away to an opponent,
but because that's my style: I like to keep it to myself.
- Vladimir Kramnik

My opponent called me a cream puff.
Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me.
- Claiborne Pell

Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat
short of being impressive,
owing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows
what we are talking about.
- Robert Benchley

Before impugning an opponent's motives,
even when they legitimately may be impugned,
answer his arguments.
- Sidney Hook

If you're not out front defining your vision,
your opponent will spend gobs of money to define it for you.
- Donna Brazile

The strength of the playing ability is much more important.
Only if the strength of the opponent's playing ability is comparable,
does the game develop.
- Vladimir Kramnik

If you call your opponent a politician,
it's grounds for libel.
- Mark Russell

I feel old when I see mousse in my opponent's hair.
- Andre Agassi

Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of
giving checkmate to one's opponent will never become a good Chess player.
- Max Euwe

Every dictator is an enemy of freedom,
an opponent of law.
- Demosthenes

Give way to your opponent; thus will you gain the crown of victory.
- Ovid

When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him;
if he wants to pull back,
send him on his way.
- Morihei Ueshiba

Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself.
- Paul Begala

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success,
it enables you to ignore the minor hurts,
the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
- Vince Lombardi

Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there.
Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you
draw that misdirected force into your own sphere.
- Morihei Ueshiba

Oh!
this opponent, this collaborator against your will,
whose notion of beauty always differs from yours and
whose means are often too limited for active assistance to your intentions!
- Alexander Alekhine

The most important thing in an argument,
next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent,
so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without
too much apparent loss of face.
- Sydney J. Harris

Newt Gingrich's job to capture the Congress was to
give Republican candidates an edge and a distinction
from their Democratic opponent.
That required a very high profile, some very strong language.
- Pete du Pont

When I played Bobby Fischer, my opponent fought against organizations -
the television producers and the match organizers.
But he never fought against me personally.
I lost to Bobby before the match because he was already
stronger than I. He won normally.
- Boris Spassky

The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone.
No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest,
you still do not create beauty.
Your opponent must react at the same highest level.
- Vladimir Kramnik

It goes way, way back when we were under Sweden's rule.
We always think they are better than us.
We played against them so often for so many years.
Every country has one opponent they want to beat and for us,
it's Sweden.
- Saku Koivu

Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them.
By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies,
they won that respect that the opponent has for them.
- Jose Mourinho

I am an opponent of Saddam Hussein, but an opponent also,
of the sanctions that have killed a million Iraqi children
and an opponent of the United States' apparent desire
to plunge the Middle East into a new and devastating war.
- George Galloway

If the opponent offers keen play I don't object;
but in such cases I get less satisfaction,
even if I win, than from a game conducted according
to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.
- Anatoly Karpov

I'd take precision any day over power;
as far as being tactical you know you have to see what's
going on in there and also understand that for every
punch that you or your opponent throws there's always
a counter shot or two which you have to be ready to fire or defend.
- Alexis Arguello

I would argue that the next President,
either Bush or Gore, should strike a 'national' posture,
exhibiting generosity toward the defeated opponent,
but proceeding with determination to implement an agenda.
- Richard V. Allen

Because you basically won a close re-election,
your first task is to unify the city.
And it's done not with words but with actions,
by reaching out, to the supporters of your opponent
as well as to reassure your own supporters.
- Marc Morial

In the investigation of a neurotic style of life,
we must always suspect an opponent, and note who suffers
most because of the patient's condition.
Usually this is a member of the family.
- Alfred Adler

I said during the course of the campaign I didn't like
it and I don't like the idea of having an opponent's
picture on your ads and it would be nice to see candidates sign a pledge like that.
- Scott McCallum

I readily admit I was not an expert on foreign policy
but I was knowledgeable and I didn't need a man who
was the Vice President of the United States and my
opponent turning around and putting me down.
- Geraldine Ferraro

I have voted to make tough decisions in budgetary times,
I've served on two recessionary budgets,
my opponent has never served on any a budget committee
where there was less money to spend than the year before.
- Matt Gonzalez

The opponents and I are really one.
My strength and skills only half of the equation.
The other half is theirs.
An opponent is someone whose strength joined to yours
creates a certain result.
- Sadaharu Oh

I see it all the time in politics.
If a candidate gets caught in a lie,
he quickly tries to change the subject by throwing
more mud at his opponent.
The mud keeps flying until some of the slanderous material sticks.
- Joe Scarborough

You know, we - if, for example, Jerry Brown can withstand,
you know, what will probably end up being $200 million
of spending by his opponent and get elected governor of California,
that will be a big victory in the nation's largest state.
- David Axelrod

And it sends an important message to me,
because I am sick to death to hear my opponent saying
Republicans don't trust me.
They do trust me, in landslide proportions,
and they're proving it tonight.
We're going to bury that for good.
- Ben Nighthorse Campbell

You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
- Bobby Knight

For too long, opponents of the PATRIOT Act have transformed
this law into a grossly distorted caricature that bears
no relation to the legislation itself.
- Jim Sensenbrenner

I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game,
that we are only as a good as our opponents,
and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.
- Sue Wicks

A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its
opponents and making them see the light,
but rather because its opponents eventually die and
a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
- Max Planck


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