Conceptions of Wisdom

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Opposites

Something can only exist as much as its opposite does.

There is no color without blackness.

One cannot recognize joy without knowing deep, unabiding sorrow.

One can't experience bliss without having known grief.


Someone cannot be a saint without knowing precisely how to be the most evil soul.

From where may that knowledge be gained?

Someone cannot be deeply honest without confiding the depths of a secret that has fed on their soul.

Understanding this principle implies that if someone feels undeserving of love yet hungers for it with an unbearable longing, it would indicate that they had once attained it and savored the taste of passionate, unconditional adoration.

Each person that inspires us with flawless character, carries with them the burden of knowledge that they will never be good enough.

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