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1 "Just as the coal and diamond are both carbon – that basic substance of life – so does the Goddess of Wisdom manifest her power through seemingly opposing appearances. The Goddess of Wisdom is seeded within all." Caitlin Matthews, 'Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom' The Inner West, An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West (Jay Kinney, editor)

2 "The real world consists of a balanced adjustment of opposing tendencies. Behind the strife between opposites there lies a hidden harmony of attunement which is the world." Heraclitus Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

3 "'True reality', according to Marcus Schneider, 'resides only in the synthesis' of opposites. This is what the Tarot message is all about, and it certainly is the capsule meaning not only of alchemy and astrology but also of Jungian psychology." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

4 "It is a fact that symbols, by their very nature, can so unite the opposites that these no longer diverge or clash, but mutually supplement one another and give meaningful shape to life." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

5 "In God all opposites are abolished." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

6 "There is strong shadow where there is much light." Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe (1749-1832), 'Gotz von Berlichingen', act 1 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

7 "In a world that is split, divided by the 'Civil War of Man', healing is needed to make whole. Mandala is a whole-ing technique; it is the alchemy of opposites reuniting, a blueprint that can be placed upon anything, or any man or being." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

8 "If we see the opposites in ourselves, we are less likely to judge and blame others. If we have identified too closely with the light, have too idealized an image of ourselves, then our shadow will surely come up and hit us on the backside. The same is true if we have identified with our negative side; we could be struck from behind by our goodness. Either position is a denial of our wholeness." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

9 "Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things." Heraclitus (540-480 bce), from 'Diogenes Laertius, 'Lives of Eminent Philosophers' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

10 "The pair of opposites is always there until one can find the center. Then in the center one can move and then go freely." Jean Erdman, Joseph Campbell's wife The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

11 "The eye of wisdom continues to see the play of opposites, of course, but it is no longer blinded to the all-embracing unity that underlies, interpenetrates, and harmonizes them." Translators The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

12 "The illusion of duality is the trick of maya. 'Thou art that' (tat tvam asi) is the proper thought for the first step to wisdom." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

13 "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)

14 "What would the rainbow be were it not limned against the lowering cloud?" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

15 "There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

16 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

17 "'There being really no duality, pluralism is untrue'. This is certainly one of the most fundamental truths of the East." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

18 "Hot cannot be derived from cold, nor high from low. An opposition either exists in its binary form or it does not exist at all, and a being without opposites is completely unthinkable, as it would be impossible to establish its existence." 'On the Nature of the Psyche', CW 8 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

19 "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)

20 “The pairs of opposites constitute the phenomenology of the paradoxical Self, man’s totality.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

21 "When we view reality from the perspective of the Universal Mind, all the usually experienced polarities are transcended. This applies to such categories as spirit-matter, stability-motion, good-evil, male-female, beauty-ugliness, or agony-ecstasy. In the last analysis, there is no absolute difference between subject and object, observer and the observed, experiencer and the experienced, creator and creation. All the roles in the cosmic drama have ultimately only one protagonist, Absolute Consciousness." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

22 "In the empirical self, light and shadow form a paradoxical unity." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 "Consistent themes in these [mythic] stories emerge quickly: opposites are balanced by a third, mediating element that reconciles a conflict, healing the split of polarity and transforming separate parts into a complete and successful whole." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

24 "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order, in all caprice a fixed law, for everything that works is grounded on its opposite." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

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