„Whoever participates in universal Knowledge will regard two apparently contradictory truths as he would two points situated on one and the same circumference that links them together by its continuity and so reduces them to unity; in the measure in which these points are distant from and thus opposed to one another there will be contradiction and this contradiction will reach its maximum when the two points are situated at the extremities of a diameter of the circle; but this extreme opposition or contradiction only appears as a result of isolating the points under consideration from the circle and ignoring the existence of the latter.“
— Archimedes Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer -287 - -212 a.C.
Book 1, Proposition 10.
„We can only learn and advance with contradictions.
The faithful inside should meet the doubtful. The doubtful should meet the faithful. Human slowly advances and becomes mature when he accepts his contradictions.“
— Shams-i Tabrizi 1185-1248, spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi. 1185 - 1248
— Allen Ginsberg American poet 1926 - 1997
— Deng Xiaoping Chinese politician, Paramount leader of China 1904 - 1997
As quoted in Daily report: People's Republic of China, Editions 240-249 (1993), p. 30 Variant: There are no fundamental contradictions between a socialist system and a market economy. Interview, Time, 4 November 1985.
„One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose strenth alone keeps it from being torn asunder.“
— W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Context: After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, — a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, — an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. Ch. I: Of Our Spiritual Strivings
„To live this life, my friends, you have to have a genuine passion. Nothing artificial. To live this life, to love this life, you have to have a genuine passion. People think Kabir was so wonderful because he was uneducated and yet he said all these wonderful things. Do you think it would have been different had Kabir gone to Yale and Oxford? If so, you missed the point. The point isn't whether he was educated or not, because, in the truest sense, he was very educated. More educated than most people. The point is that passion. Maybe you won't be able to write like Kabir, but you can feel the same passion. Passion is the point. That love is the point. That feeling is the point. That is achievable by everyone sitting in this hall, and in the city of London, and on this planet Earth. That passion. That love. That awakening. That joy.“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
London, United Kingdom, Jun 13, 1998
„If there is one point, it's humanity, it's life, the richness of life. The thing is simply to be sensitive.“
— Henri Cartier-Bresson French photographer 1908 - 2004
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
„Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
Context: Stupidity is not my strong point. I have seen many persons; I have visited several countries; I have taken part in various enterprises without liking them; I have eaten nearly every day; I have had women. I can now recall a few hundred faces, two or three great spectacles, and the substance of perhaps twenty books. I have not retained the best nor the worst of these things: what could stay with me did. Variant translations: Stupidity is not my strong suit.
„All is interrelated. Heaven and earth, air and water. All are but one thing; not four, not two and not three, but one. Where they are not together, there is only an incomplete piece.“
— Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541
Paracelsus - Collected Writings Vol. I (1926) edited by Bernhard Aschner, p. 110
— Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank: And Related Readings