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Quotations: Balance & Harmony

Diagram of Yin and Yang


Balance, Duality & Harmony


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A balanced and skillful approach to life, taking care to avoid extremes, becomes a very important factor in conducting one’s everyday existence.” —The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“Alcmaeon maintains that the bond of health is the ‘equal balance’ of the powers, moist and dry, cold and hot, bitter and sweet, and the rest, while the ‘supremacy’ of one of them is the cause of disease; for the supremacy of either is destructive.” —Alcmaeon of Croton, as quoted by Aetius

“Align yourself and others will line up.” —Yang Xiong

“All language is dualistic.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change? p. 22

“All opposites are born of their own opposites.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change? p. 23

“All things in moderation.” —Stoic philosophy

“All things pass into their opposites.” —Heraclitus

“Any man who is under 30 and is not a liberal has not heart; and any man who is over 30 and is not a conservative has no brains.” —Sir Winston Churchill, 1874–1965

“Avoid extremes in life. The middle way gives sight to the eyes and clarity to the mind, and this leads to wisdom, to peace, and onward to Nirvana.” —Buddhacarita

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” —Socrates

“Both/and thinking provides both more openness and more information than does either/or thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Can a man cling to the positive without any negative in contrast to which it is seen to be positive? If he claims to do so he is a rouge or a madman.” —Chung Tzu

“Civilizations that get too far from the farm are bound to decay.” —J. I. Rodale

“Discordance is evil. Harmony is virtue.” —Plato, fragment

“Do not spend in excess like one who is careless of what is good, nor be miserly; the mean is best in every case.” —Pythagoras

“Duality is necessary for things but deadly for self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Every solution to a problem creates new unsolved problems.” —Karl Popper

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” —Third Law of Motion (Issac Newton)

“Goodness is not born of badness.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change? p. 22

“How could that which is, be born of that which is not?” —Upanishads, Second Khanda

“I am saying anything born out of its opposite contains its opposite.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change? p. 24

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side—I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living and psychological health for life.” —Josephine Rathbone

“If you look at situations with a balanced point of view, without attachment or indulging in harmful acts, then it may be said that you are living a proper life, a righteous life.” —Dhammapada: A Proper Life, verses 256–257

“If you thought before that science was certain, well that is just an error on your part.” —Richard Feynman

“It is from the cultivation of such harmony that virtue results.” —Chung Tzu

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” —Aristotle

“Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:33

“Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.” —Euripides, Medea

“No one is born perfect, and even if science or technology can do wonders, solving one problem will create another.” —Lie Yukou

“Nothing can be produced out of nothing.” —Diogenes of Apollonia, fragment

“Nothing comes out of that which is nothing.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Nothing in excess.” —Thales of Miletus

“Nothing is more certain than uncertainties: / Fortune is full of fresh variety; / Constant in nothing but inconstancy.” —Richard Barnfield

“One must choose in all things a mean just and good.” —Pythagoras

“Out of chaos, you cannot create order.” —J. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, p. 285

“Practice restraint over the following: appetite, first, as well as sleep, lust, and anger.” —Pythagoras

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” —Confucius

“Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more.” —Abraham Flexner, medical education reformer, 1866-1959

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.” —George Bernard Shaw

“Silence does not make a person wise if a proper life is not being adhered to. Watch their action. Are they in balance? Are there only good deeds and never bad ones?” —Dhammapada: A Proper Life, verses 268–269

“Strife can only cause more strife. Only an open heart can put an end to strife. This is a Universal Law. Remember the center point during a disagreement and strife will quickly end.” —Dhammapada: The Opposites, verses 5-6

“Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.” —Aristotle, Ethics

“The cosmos works by harmony of tensions, like the lyre and bow.” —Heraclitus, Fragments

“The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.” —Plato, The Republic

“The golden mean.” —Greek philosophy

“The harmony past knowing sounds more deeply than the known.” —Heraclitus, Fragments

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” —Blaise Pascal

“The worst extreme view is the extreme view that extremes never exist.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.” —Alfred North Whitehead

“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.” —George Bernard Shaw

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” —Alfred Korzybski

“There is no such thing as absolute certainty, but there is assurance sufficient for the purpose of human life.” —John Stuart Mill

“There’s a pinch of the madman in every great man.” —French proverb

“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.” —Francis Bacon

“Those who have found the center point are worthy of your consideration.” —Dhammapada: The Opposites, verse 10

“To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything, or nothing, about it.” —Olin Miller

“To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” —Confucius

“To say dualism is bad or wrong is the worst kind of dualism.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Use ‘mostly’ rather than ‘this’ or ‘that’ thinking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.” —Eric Hoffer


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