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Quotes About Duality

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Anthon St. Maarten
“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.”
Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

Karl Lagerfeld
“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”
Karl Lagerfeld

J.D. Salinger
“You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don't use logic when I do it. Logic's the first thing you have to get rid of.”
J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

Robert Anton Wilson
“In order to eat, you have to be hungry. In order to learn, you have to be ignorant. Ignorance is a condition of learning. Pain is a condition of health. Passion is a condition of thought. Death is a condition of life.”
Robert Anton Wilson, Leviathan

Rumi
“From "Wetness and Water"

How does a part of the world leave the world?
How can wetness leave water?

Do not try to put out a fire
by throwing on more fire.
Do not wash a wound with blood.

No matter how fast you run,
your shadow more than keeps up.
Sometimes it's in front.

Only full, overhead sun
diminishes your shadow.

But that shadow has been serving you.
What hurts you blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.”
Rumi, The Big Red Book

Chögyam Trungpa
“Are the great spiritual teachings really advocating that we fight evil because we are on the side of light, the side of peace? Are they telling us to fight against that other 'undesirable' side, the bad and the black. That is a big question. If there is wisdom in the sacred teachings, there should not be any war. As long as a person is involved with warfare, trying to defend or attack, then his action is not sacred; it is mundane, dualistic, a battlefield situation.”
Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Albert Camus
“Ce qu'on appelle une raison de vivre est en même temps une excellente raison de mourir.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Joseph Campbell
“Is the god the source, or is the god a human manner of conceiving of the force and energy that supports the world? In our tradition God is a male. This male and female differentiation is made, however, within the field of time and space, the field of duality. If God is beyond duality, you cannot say that God is a "He." You cannot say God is a "She." You cannot say God is an "It." (18)”
Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Brian Herbert
Aristotle raped reason. He implanted in the dominant schools of philosophy the attractive belief that there can be discrete separation between mind and body. This led quite naturally to corollary delusions such as the one that power can be understood without applying it, or that joy is totally removable from unhappiness, that peace can exist in the total absence of war, or that life can be understood without death.
—ERASMUS, Corrin Notes
Brian Herbert, The Butlerian Jihad

Fernando Pessoa
“We, all who live, have
A life that is lived
And another life that is thought,
And the only life we have
It's the one that is divided
In right or wrong.”
Fernando Pessoa

Neal Shusterman
“One thing yo learn when you've lived as long as I have-people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. Right now, I'm pleased to be in the light.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

Chögyam Trungpa
“As long as a person is involved with warfare, trying to defend or attack, then his action is not sacred; it is mundane, dualistic, a battlefield situation.”
Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Joseph Campbell
“The Garden is a metaphor for the following: our minds, and our thinking in terms of pairs of opposites--man and woman, good and evil--are as holy as that of a god. (50)”
Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Sergei Lukyanenko
“How wonderful it would be if everything could always be as clear and simple as it used to be when you were twelve years old, or twenty years old. If there really were only two colors in the world: black and white. But even the most honest and ingenuous cop, raised on the resounding ideal of the stars and stripes, has to understand sooner or later that there's more than just Darkness and Light out on the streets. There are understandings, concessions, agreements. Informers, traps, provocations. Sooner or later the time comes when you have to betray your own side, plant bags of heroin in pockets, and beat people on the kidneys—carefully, so there are no marks.”
Sergei Lukyanenko, Night Watch

Saurabh Sharma
“A Strange Prayer:

Dear Lord,
I, the self searching illusion, has seen and experienced the outer world:
relationships,
success and failure,
true friends,
strangers and backbiters.

I lived the different emotions
during different seasons;
I witnessed ups & downs,
enjoyed love & hate,
was good & bad,
faced beauty & ugliness.


There were times when I was brave,
there were times when I was a coward.
There were times when I was proactive,
there were times when I was indecisive.

After, flying high in the skies,
and yet being a loser...

After, being nothing & no one,
and yet feeling content..

I have understood
the difference
between lust and love,
happiness and sadness,
selfishness and selflessness.

One often leads to another;
another secretly carries the one!
Yet I am lost
between being and becoming.



An inner voice admits that
my heart is an unexplored realm,
my mind is a prisoner to my wishful thinking,
and the soul is unknown to me.

Setting that unknown free...
now, this is my heartiest wish.

As Saurabh Sharma,
the human being,
I
always
pray to thee, " O lord, set me free.
I don't want love,
I don't want to be loved;

I want myself to be love itself now.

That beautiful, silent and divine existence...!
I want to get merged into that.

Please give me wisdom and courage; Merge me into your supreme kingdom
by setting my soul free.”
Saurabh Sharma

“To Graduate from the "School of Life" you need to have met the following criteria: Found your life purpose, know how the egoic mind operates, detached yourself from the egoic mind, lived in essence, been in essence in relationships, overcame duality, trusted life, became awake, reprogrammed beliefs, handled anger, forgiven everyone, loved yourself, dealt with fears, overcome anger you had with God/you, cleared your emotional complexes & negativity, let go of the past, dealt with difficult relationships and mastered loving all creations of the universe.”
Marina G. Roussou

Ashim Shanker
“At one moment, his eyes sparkled in the light and in the next they were enshrouded in shadow. What connected those bands of light and dark? Could they indeed have been distinct entities?”
Ashim Shanker, Don't Forget to Breathe

Walter M. Miller Jr.
“...in divinity opposites are always reconciled.”
Walter M. Miller Jr., Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman

Jack Gilbert
“We think the fire eats the wood. We are wrong. The wood reaches out to the flame. The fire licks at what the wood harbors, and the wood gives itself away to that intimacy, the manner in which we and the world meet each new day.”
Jack Gilbert, Collected Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Only he whose bright lyre
has sounded in shadows
may, looking onward, restore
his infinite praise.

Only he who has eaten
poppies with the dead
will not lose ever again
the gentlest chord.

Though the image upon the pool
often grows dim:
Know and be still.

Inside the Double World
all voices become
eternally mild.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus

Doug   Cooper
“I am two people. One goes through the motions, rolling from one thing to the next; the other is withdrawn, watching a complete stranger.”
Doug Cooper, Outside In

Ursula K. Le Guin
“On the blank leaf glued to the inner back cover I drew the double curve within the circle, and blacked the yin half of the symbol, then pushed it back to my companion. 'Do you know that sign?'

He looked at it a long time with a strange look, but he said, 'No.'

'It's found on Earth, and on Hain-Davenant, and on Chiffewar. It is yin and yang. Light is the left hand of darkness... how did it go? Light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male. It is yourself, Therem. Both and one. A shadow on snow.' ”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

W. Somerset Maugham
“The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes.”
W. Somerset Maugham

Munia Khan
“To become a sparrow you don't have to be a crow.”
Munia Khan

Jarod Kintz
“I’ll work hard to win fame and recognition from the public, and then I’ll work hard to remain anonymous and unrecognizable and become as private as a hermit.
 I’ll be hermaphroditic with my notoriety, embodying both ends of the spectrum as I say fuck the world, but still enjoy the benefits of fucking.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

Terry Pratchett
“Arms outstretched in welcome could quickly become arms that grabbed.”
Terry Pratchett

“The tendency of the human mind is to see the world with a ‘dualistic’ view that describes everything through comparisons: good and bad, pain and happiness, beauty and ugliness, rich and poor.”
Gyalwa Dokhampa, The Restful Mind

Robert M. Pirsig
“He comments on how amazing it is that everything in the universe can be described by the twenty-six written characters with which they have been working. His (Korean) friends nod and smile and eat the food they've taken from tins and say no pleasantly.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Munia Khan
“Our outer face can hide several other faces that we have inside”
Munia Khan

Virginia Woolf
“Such was the complexity of things. For what happened to her, especially staying with the Ramsays, was to be made to feel violently two opposite things at the same time; that’s what you feel, was one; that’s what I feel, was the other, and then they fought together in her mind, as now. It is so beautiful, so exciting, this love, that I tremble on the verge of it, and offer, quite out of my own habit, to look for a brooch on a beach; also it is the stupidest, the most barbaric of human passions, and turns a nice young man with a profile like a gem’s (Paul’s was exquisite) into a bully with a crowbar (he was swaggering, he was insolent) in the Mile End Road. Yet, she said to herself, from the dawn of time odes have been sung to love; wreaths heaped and roses; and if you asked nine people out of ten they would say they wanted nothing but this–love; while the women, judging from her own experience, would all the time be feeling, This is not what we want; there is nothing more tedious, puerile, and inhumane than this; yet it is also beautiful and necessary.”
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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