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1 "Throughout nature the formal principle of thesis-antithesis or dualism and the overcoming of it is observed." Dietrich vonEngelhardt, 'Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

2 "God is found not only in the light and glory of creation but also in absolute darkness." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

3 "Love is all opposites – the only reality." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

4 "There is no energy without opposites." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

5 "Beyond that world of opposites is an unseen, but experienced, unity and identity in us all." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

6 "Our individual natures are manifestations of the unfolding movement of the yin and yang principles, which in turn encompass and represent every opposite that exists. Yang represents light; yin dark. Yang represents male; yin female. Each opposite produces the other, and in their entirety they encompass the Tao, or the Way." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

7 "That which brings division ultimately creates union." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

8 "Every psychic phenomenon is compensated by its opposite, in agreement with the proverb, 'There is no misfortune so great that no good may come of it.'" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

9 "Every power in nature and in spirit must evolve an opposite as the sole means and condition of its manifestation: and all opposition is a tendency to reunion." Samuel Taylor Coleridge Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

10 "Dionysius the Areopagite speaks of the One as containing all things 'in Its all-embracing Unity…combining even opposites under the form of oneness.'" The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

11 "Duality and the opposites are, in short, terms of relation or of thought, but not of reality." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

12 "Two souls contend…In me and both sould strive for masterdom…Which from the other shall the other shall the scepter rend…The first soul is a lover, clasping close…to this world tentacles of corporal flame…The other seeks to rise with mighty throes…To those ancestral meadows, whence it came." Faust (Goethe)

13 "The powers of the right and the left unite in the harmony of wisdom." The Acts of John, The Apocryphal New Testament Collected Works (Carl Jung)

14 "From the living comes death, and from the dead, life; from the young, old age; and from the old, youth; from waking, sleep; and from sleep, waking; the stream of creation and decay never stands still….Construction and destruction, destruction and construction – this is the norm which rules in every circle of natural life from the smallest to the greatest. Just as the cosmos itself emerged from the primal, so must it return once more into the same – a double process running its measured course through vast periods, a drama eternally re-enacted." Heraclitus Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning (Ira Progoff, Ph.D.)

15 "From the One proceed all dualities, and in the One they dissolve in undifferentiation." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

16 "The all-containing Divine Essence…comprises all dichotomies. The Absolute becomes differentiated in polarized manifestations, and through these the vital tensions of the world-process are brought into existence and maintained." Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization (Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell)

17 "The One…will again reassert his soverign claim, and gather all the fragmented and estranged shreds of being into the reconciled opposites of the one Word." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

18 "Through all the contraries of phenomenality the Uncreate-Imperishable remains, and there is nothing to fear." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

19 "Creation and destruction are simultaneous. Degeneration carries renewal in its core….there is a level in Nature at which all extremes become reconciled and merged." Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

20 "Pluralism is illusory, since all separate forms originate in the indistinguishable oneness of the psychic matrix, deep down in the unconscious." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

21 "The emergence of the mandala in the spiritual and artistic imagination of various pioneering figures of our century anticipates a new consciousness that can contain these opposites simultaneously." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

22 "The Intellect (Intellectus) sees opposites unified." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

23 "When you have come past the pairs of opposites, you have reached compassion." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

24 "The self is made manifest in the opposites and in the conflict between them; it is a 'coincidentia oppositorum'." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

25 "When in the world goodness is recognized to be good, straightway there is evil. And thus, in like manner, existence and non-existence mutually originate each other; so also difficulty and ease, long and short, high and low, treble and bass, before and after." Lao Tsze (c. 604-531bc) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite