The original sin of addressing complex challenges is the belief that you change things without changing yourself.

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I think poets are string theorists in some ways. They are trying to bring the macro and the micro constantly into a single focus.

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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

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It's always easy to describe something complex by applying to it an already known label.

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Systems above a certain level of complexity, and life is definitely one of them, do not present us with problems. They present us with messes. Problems have solutions, but messes can only be managed.

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There’s a difference between the circle and the spiral. We say the Earth has a circular orbit around the sun, but of course it doesn’t. You never come back to the same place, you just come back to the same point on the spiral. That image is very deep in my thinking.

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The complexity of things—the things within things—just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.

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Easy is right. Begin right, and you will be easy. Continue easy and you are right... The right way to go easy is to forget the right way, and forget that the going is easy.

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The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.

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You never know when one seemingly unrelated event may become the catalyst that sets off a chain of synchronistic events. Though you may not know for sure when something important will happen, you can always be ready to take action.

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Complex systems comprise relationships. Relationships exists between things. You can point at things but you can’t point at relationships.

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They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.

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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

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In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.

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There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

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Reality is extremely complex, infinitely complex. We all face life with an imperfect understanding.

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For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

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Stay with the contradiction. If you stay, you will see that there is always something more than two opposing truths. The whole truth always includes a third part, which is the reconciliation.

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We need to be more protective of not just our families and children and what is precious to us, but of course the land because we are an extension of that land that we love so much. We must now speak environment, economy, foreign policy, health and human rights in the same breath. Everything is connected.

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You've got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it.

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Paradox is the resting point where impossibility has to be faced as a rare kind of pleasure.

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I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

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But people are touched by the simplest words - the ones that come with humility, truth and love. There is nothing in intellectually complex sermons to nourish hearts; they come from the head and are sterile.

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The sad and unfortunate fact is that we continue to view poverty as the fault of the individual and ignore the social and economic systems and mechanisms that are so often responsible for it.

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A wall protects but it also imprisons. Every fortress is also a jail.

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There are two kinds of truth. There are superficial truths, the opposite of which are obviously wrong. But here are also profound truths, whose opposites are equally right.

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Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.

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I’ve seen the revolution and we’re living it. It’s slow and broad and deep and has changed innumerable things immeasurably. To appreciate that, you need to be able to perceive subtle, complex, slow things.

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Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

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But a contradiction that is faced leads to true knowledge… Contradictions are on the surface, the symbols of deeper and more fertile forces that can unleash the most marvelous energy when they are embraced.

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