Where there is beauty, there is ugliness.
When something is right, something else is wrong.
Knowledge and ignorance depend on each other.
It has been like this since the beginning.
How could it be otherwise now?
Wanting to toss out one and hold onto the other
makes for a ridiculous comedy.
You must still deal with everything ever-changing,
even when you say it’s wonderful.
quoted in the book Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing
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Further quotes from the book Wisdom for the Soul:
- Nothing to fear
- Peace from within
- Unencumbered by ideas
- The root of all heartache
- Genuine love
- Finding your teacher
- The best way to find yourself
- The shadow of reality
- Content is the wealth of nature
- Truth has no special time