"You couldn't have strength without weakness, you couldn't have light without dark, you couldn't have love without loss."
- Jodi Picoult
"Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified."
- Alan Watts
"Action and reaction and equal and opposite."
- Gertrude Stein
"The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet."
- Andy Warhol
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. "
- Elie Wiesel
"In my experience, it's common that deep truths exist at both extremes of a dialectic, and the wisest stance on an issue will incorporate 'both of the opposites within itself.'
- Joe Lonsdale
"I pray that all polar opposites learn to agape love, live, and work together as brothers and sisters - or perish as fools."
- Alveda King
"Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin."
- Hermann Hesse
"If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business"
- Wilkie Collins
"What if opposites could be combined and transcended, paradox embraced, a whole life lived in contradictory case?"
- Rachel Hartman
"The reason as to why we are attracted to our opposites is because they are our salvation from the burden of being ourselves."
- Kamand Kojouri
"Opposites attract, and I think temperament is so fundamental that you end up craving someone of the opposite temperament to complete you."
- Susan Cain
"There is profound truth to being good and bad, positive and negative, powerful and vulnerable, masculine and feminine, light and dark, Not either/or, not neither/nor, but both, even all, and ending duality as we know it."
- J. Bruce Wilcox
"The ethic of conviction and the ethic of responsibility are not opposites. They are complementary to one another. "
- Max Weber
"All beauty is making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."
- Eli Seigel
Lili des Bellons
"Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash."
- Louis Aragon
"It takes strength to move between opposites, between safety and danger, steeping and swimming, 'x' and 'y,' love and love."
- Randon Billings Noble
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?"
- John Steinbeck
"God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one."
"Cold feet under a warm blanket, steam over an empty mug--rain splatters on dry window pane--open journals of closed memories... tears of laughter and joy of pain... schmaltz of diametric morning."
- Val Uchendu
"As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delights of presence best known by the torments of absence."
Ana Gomez Bernaus
"Good and evil, love and hate, night and day, sweet and bitter, man and woman, heaven above and the earth beneath--all those things are needful, one to the other, and who knows the end of each?"
- H. Rider Haggard
"Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us."
- Pema Chodron
for they make up
all of life:
You will eternally be
looking for yourself and
seeking ways to lose yourself."
- Kamand Kojouri
"I’m nothing more than what you actually see, but I am also the complete opposite."
- Keren Ann
"Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction."
- Criss Jami
"Perceive the similarity between the unfamiliar and what is familiar, look for opposites, and change your frame of reference."
"The only impossible journey is the one you never begin."
- Tony Robbins
"Life to me is a journey - you never know what may be your next destination. "
- David Russell
"The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that."
- Norton Juster
"To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
- Søren Kierkegaard
"The journey is the treasure."
- Lloyd Alexander
"A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places."
- Isabelle Eberhardt
"When I discover who I am, I’ll be free."
- Ralph Ellison
"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?"
"Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost."
- Erol Ozan
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."
- Douglas Adams
"Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain."
- Mark Twain
"I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me."
- Hermann Hesse
"Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside."
- Ann Voskamp
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
- André Gide
"If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."
- Anatole France
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday."
- Steve Maraboli
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
- Nelson Mandela
Lili des Bellons
"If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t walk run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means keep moving."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it."
- John Steinbeck
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
"Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you're on the journey. But you've got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end."
Kevin Jay Stanton
"Not all those who wander are lost."
- J.R.R. Tolkien
"If we walk far enough," says Dorothy, "we shall sometime come to someplace."
- L. Frank Baum
"Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean."
- David Searls
"The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place."
- Barbara De Angelis
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving."
- Johann wolfgang von Goethe
"A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you."
- Tahir Shah
"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."
- C.G. Jung
"Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination."
- Joseph B. Wirthlin
"For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end."
- Michelle Obama
"Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don't lose the passion and the love for what you do."
- Nadia Comaneci
"Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you."