"Life, being an energic process, needs the opposites, for without opposition there is, as we know, no energy. Good and evil are simply the moral aspects of this natural polarity."
"Through all the contraries of phenomenality the Uncreate-Imperishable remains, and there is nothing to fear."
Hero With A Thousand Faces
"Every tension of opposites culminates in a release, out of which comes the 'third'. In the third, the tension is resolved and the lost unity is restored."
"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
"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)
"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)
"Duality is only a stage on the evolutionary arc, leading eventually to the realisation of unity."
A Treatise on White Magic
(Alice A. Bailey)
"In accordance with the principle of compensation which runs through the whole of nature, every psychic development, whether individual or collective, possesses an optimum which, when exceeded, produces an enantiodromia, that is, turns into its opposite."
"Duality and the opposites are, in short, terms of relation or of thought, but not of reality."
Spectrum of Consciousness
"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."
(Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)
"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.)
"Darkness is the womb or matrix for light (spirit), which is conceived when darkness reaches its maximum."
(Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)
"'That' which makes of all the contraries a loving union of opposites, 'you are'."
The Flame and the Light
(Hugh I'anson Fausset)
"Every moment of this strange and lovely life from dawn to dusk, is a miracle. Somewhere, always, a rose is opening its petals to the dawn. Somewhere, always, a flower is fading in the dusk. The incense that rises with the sun, and the scents that die in the dark, are all gathered, sooner or later, into the solitary fragrance that is God. Faintly, elusively, that fragrance lingers over all of us." Beverly Nichols, 'The Fool Hath Said'
Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations
(Frank S Mead, editor)
"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)
"Polarity is a play of opposites which forces man to make a choice in his acting, handling and attitude. He may emphasize either the negative aspect and know pain or the positive and live above pain."
The Flowering Tree
(Gladys V. Jones)
"Polar tension occurs in all natural and human affairs as any opposing relationship, contrast, difference. It is at the root of our pernicious notion of separateness from each other, from nature, and from our own inherent divinity. The paradox of the Dyad (polarity) is that while it appears to separate from unity, its opposite poles remember their source and attract each other in an attempt to merge and return to that state of unity."
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science
(Michael S. Schneider)