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Quotes about opposition


  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
    • Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Reflections on the Revolution in France.
  • The Duty of an Opposition is to oppose.
  • No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.
  • When I first came into Parliament, Mr. Tierney, a great Whig authority, used always to say that the duty of an Opposition was very simple—it was to oppose everything and propose nothing.
    • Edward Stanley, debate (June 4, 1841). See Hansard's Parliamentary Debates.