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Change can be hard to deal with. On the other hand, it often brings opportunity.
  from another point of view (a phrase used to introduce an alternative perspective or idea)
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  • Change can be hard to deal with. On the other hand, it often brings opportunity.
  • I think she’s pushy. On the other hand, my boyfriend describes her as assertive.
  • My mother says "Look before you leap."  My father, on the other hand, says "He who hesitates is lost."
  • Everywhere Harry went, people pointed and didn’t trouble to lower their voices as they insulted him. Slytherins, on the other hand, clapped as he walked past them, whistling and cheering, "Thanks Potter, we owe you one!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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  • There was a slight stiffness in the way she said "Morning," which told Harry that she was still disapproving of the way they had arrived. Neville Longbottom, on the other hand, greeted them cheerfully.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • ...to his great relief, Harry wasn’t punished. On the other hand, he’d gotten into terrible trouble for being found on the roof of the school kitchens.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Dudley had been accepted at Uncle Vernon’s old private school, Smeltings. ... Harry, on the other hand, was going to Stonewall High, the local public school.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • You have your mother’s eyes. It seems only yesterday she was in here herself, buying her first wand. Ten and a quarter inches long, swishy, made of willow. ... Your father, on the other hand, favored a mahogany wand.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • On the other hand, she often looked at him, with interest and curiosity, if not distrust, but his face never, showed the least consciousness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And Bloom with his but don’t you see? and but on the other hand.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • If that be so, do you see what, on the other hand, is involved in it?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • By the above definition of what a whale is, I do by no means exclude from the leviathanic brotherhood any sea creature hitherto identified with the whale by the best informed Nantucketers; nor, on the other hand, link with it any fish hitherto authoritatively regarded as alien.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • —and Sophia, jealous as the devil on the other hand, looking all that was—Well, it does not signify; it is over now.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • On the other hand he showed marks of wounds, which, though they could not be made out, he said were gunshot wounds received in divers encounters and actions.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • On the other hand, the gratitude expressed was most glowing and was reinforced by tears from the most sensible of mothers.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • It seems to me that sincerity, on the other hand, is only possible if combined with a kind of bad taste that would be utterly out of place here.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He did not approve of a too lowering system, including reckless cupping, nor, on the other hand, of incessant port wine and bark.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • On the other hand, Pierre demanded that steps should be taken to liberate the serfs, which the steward met by showing the necessity of first paying off the loans from the Land Bank, and the consequent impossibility of a speedy emancipation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But, on the other hand, directly she thought of the future with Vronsky, there arose before her a perspective of brilliant happiness; with Levin the future seemed misty.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • —What is offered me on the other hand?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • On the other hand, the Right Honourable William Buffy, M.P., contends across the table with some one else that the shipwreck of the country—about which there is no doubt; it is only the manner of it that is in question—is attributable to Cuffy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • My aunt, on the other hand, was in a composed frame of mind, which was a lesson to all of us — to me, I am sure.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But on the other hand, as Emma wants to see her better informed, it will be an inducement to her to read more herself.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Then the whole population cleared into the forest, expecting all kinds of calamities to happen, while, on the other hand, the steamer Fresleven commanded left also in a bad panic, in charge of the engineer, I believe.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • On the other hand, those forces of middle class public opinion which hardly existed for a Spanish nobleman in the days of the first Don Juan, are now triumphant everywhere.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • But on the other hand, I must say that if we people in commerce ever become slightly unwell then, fortunately or unfortunately as you like, we simply have to overcome it because of business considerations.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • On the other hand, the young lord having thought—which he very seldom did about anything—and seriously too, upon the affair with Nicholas, and the circumstances which led to it, had arrived at a manly and honest conclusion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • On the other hand, the delight of exploring an edifice like Udolpho, as her fancy represented Blaize Castle to be, was such a counterpoise of good as might console her for almost anything.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • This was against her; but on the other hand, he spent so much of his time at Uppercross, that in removing thence she might be considered rather as leaving him behind, than as going towards him; and, upon the whole, she believed she must, on this interesting question, be the gainer, almost as certainly as in her change of domestic society, in leaving poor Mary for Lady Russell.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • On the other hand, a man should be at his very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not wish to do it when fagged by a long journey.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • When you are once out upon its bosom you have left all traces of modern England behind you, but on the other hand you are conscious everywhere of the homes and the work of the prehistoric people.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • On the other hand, the symptoms may be much more violent, and cause me to fall into fearful convulsions, foam at the mouth, and cry out loudly.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mr. Stelling was very far from being led astray by enthusiasm, either religious or intellectual; on the other hand, he had no secret belief that everything was humbug.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But, on the other hand, judging from their appearance, most of them cannot be at all expensive.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • They say cowardice is infectious; but then argument is, on the other hand, a great emboldener; and so when each had said his say, my mother made them a speech.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • He, on the other hand, if he should not be all that we desire, might make her very miserable.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • The Aseptic School, on the other hand, maintains that what the patient wants is that appearance of scrupulous hygiene which can be produced only by furnishing the outer waiting-room as well as the inner offices in white-painted chairs and tables, with merely a Japanese print against a gray wall.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • They were exhilarated to find that they agreed in confession of faith: "People like Sam Clark and Harry Haydock aren’t earnest about music and pictures and eloquent sermons and really refined movies, but then, on the other hand, people like Carol Kennicott put too much stress on all this art.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "On the other hand," said Dr, Ferris, "the ads for my book-oh, I’m sure you wouldn’t notice such things as ads-quote a letter of high praise which I received from Mr. Wesley Mouch."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But, on the other hand, Guy Francon offered me a job with him some time ago.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • On the other hand, he came back to us from Moscow well dressed, in a clean coat and clean linen.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • On the other hand, possibly because he divined in Buck a dangerous rival, Spitz never lost an opportunity of showing his teeth.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I washed the few shirts that he had, I did his cooking; he thought me very pretty—he avowed it; on the other hand, I must own he had a good shape, and a soft and white skin; but he had little or no mind or philosophy, and you might see plainly that he had never been instructed by Doctor Pangloss.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • To treat him with courtesy, on the other hand, was unthinkable.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The Eastern countries, on the other hand, were undergoing violent but largely synthetic spasms of national pride.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • On the other hand, I don’t think many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • On the other hand, to sit at the far end, so that you would see them less and less as the night grew darker, and wouldn’t know if they were moving, and perhaps wouldn’t see them at all by about two o’clock no, it was not to be thought of.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • The children, on the other hand, who were sick of wind and rain, and skinny fowl roasted over campfires, and hard, cold earth to sleep on, were absolutely dead set to visit the Gentle Giants.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • On the other hand, you can’t get very far on those two silly legs of yours (what absurd legs humans have!) without being overtaken.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • On the other hand, the way the Dwarfs had behaved last night was a warning.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
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