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1 "Good and evil are the light and shade of the same thing." Duncton Found (William Horwood)

2 "When dualistic opposites are allowed to fuse in the mind, the psyche saves itself." Great Cosmic Mother, Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor)

3 "God is the very spirit and nature of the universe, the image in which it is created, and knowable thus by sense, by reason, and by love, in gradual approximation. God is in all and in every part, and in him all opposites, including good and evil, coincide." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

4 "Once you move beyond dualities and realize that life and death, up and down, in and out are all illusions, they join and become one." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

5 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

6 "What we need is a way out of dualistic attitudes. We need a third possibility, and that third is soul." Care of the Soul (Thomas Moore)

7 "The truth is not black or white; it is both. The pairs of opposites of the lower levels merge on the highest level." Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On The Mechanics of Consciousness (Itzhak Bentov)

8 "Dynamic nondualism illuminates the means for reconciling all differences, whether in knowledge, religion, or political ideology. It permits understanding the dualities of existence as interactive or mutually defining polarities. These pervasive dualities are not irreconcilable opposites but necessary and indispensable to every constructive and creative happening, including the process of evolution itself." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

9 "Opposites are cures for opposites." Hippocrates (460-377 bce), 'Breaths', bk. 1 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

10 "Chaos is infinitely complex order." David Bohm, physicist The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

11 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'" Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

12 "It is only be recognizing and healing the dualities that exist in ourselves that we can come to a true sense of interdependence with the rest of creation." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

13 “If a union is to take place between opposites like spirit and matter, conscious and unconscious, bright and dark, and so on, it will happen in a third thing, which represents not a compromise but something new.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

14 "Our inner development as persons comes about as we are able to bear the wholeness of the opposites, to experience them as mutually completing, as interdependent and interpenetrating, in some sense simultaneous. To see them, in other words, as alive, moving, and interweaving, like the distinct and yet interflowing rivers that course through the oceans." Mary Caroline Richards, poet and teacher, 'Separating and Connecting: The Vessel and the Fire' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

15 "Use the mighty gift of the pairs of opposites to find oneness, to rise, and turn to what you are." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

16 "The healthy soul, whether a man's, a woman's, or a culture's, is equally male and female, as Jung insisted: the Yin and the Yang; the animus and the anima; the male and the female; the sun and the moon – these elements of our psyches are meant to work together within each of us, not at odds." WHEE! We, wee All the Way Home (Matthew Fox)

17 "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)

18 "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)

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

20 "As the interaction and eventual coalescence of the opposites seems to rule the macrocosm of the universe, so it also appears to govern the life of the psyche." The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead (Stephan A. Hoeller)

21 "Jung's involvement with the mandala culminated in his insight that it represented the center, the midpoint that balance all dualities." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

22 “In the deity, the opposites cancel out.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 "Both yin and yang have their common origin in an undivided One." The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

24 "Nicholas de Cusa called God the 'coincidence of opposites'. Actually, this is today the way the astro-physicists view the universe – it curves back in on itself like a Mobius strip, and thus has no outside, and having no outside neither does it have an inside, or, one can say its inside is its outside: the coincidence of opposites, the universe as non-dual." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

25 "Everything in nature is dual and can only be known in contrast with its opposite, while the two in combination produce a metaphysical third which is their synthesis and perfect balance." The Meaning of Masonry (W. L. Wilmshurst)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite