Anger continued on past its usefulness becomes unjust, then dangerous… It fuels not positive activism but regression, obsession, vengeance, self-righteousness. Corrosive, it feeds off itself, destroying its host in the process.

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

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Unfortunately there can be no doubt that humans are, on the whole, less good than they imagine themselves or want to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.

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One of the fundamental condition to define someone as complicit is really the notion of the fact that they could and should have known.Willful ignorance cannot be an excuse.

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The intelligentsia, once the vanguard of the ascending bourgeoisie, becomes the lumpen-bourgeoisie in the age of its decay.

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Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” —

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The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.

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Take everything that’s bright and beautiful in you and introduce it to the shadow side of yourself. Let your altruism meet your egotism, let your generosity meet your greed, let your joy meet your grief…But when you are able to say, “I am all of the above, my shadow as well as my light, “ the shadow’s power is put in the service of the good.

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Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

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Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

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A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices...

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Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.

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There is no drearier, sorrier creature in nature than the man who has evaded his own genius and who squints now towards the right, now towards the left, now backwards, now in any direction whatever.

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Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.

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I'm tired of strumming on that old harp, the Ego, darling Me.

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The children of light must be armed with the wisdom of the children of darkness but remain free from their malice. –

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The earth is reaching the end of its tolerance for our presumptions.

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Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

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It is an illusion of idealistic children of light to imagine that we can destroy evil merely by avowing ideals.

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Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.

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I have also decided to stick with love. … Hate is too great a burden to bear.

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People who never alter their opinions are like standing water and breed reptiles of the mind.

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Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

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The shoddy work of despair, the pointless work of pride, equally betray Creation. They are wastes of life.

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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

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Judgment is the tragic expression of an unmet need.

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Every time you're praised, there's a boot waiting for you.

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The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.

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A warrior is not made by standing in the light all of the time. Armor is forged in the flames of shadow and pain.

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If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels.

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There is no such thing as objectivity; our biases operate on all levels at all times.

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The less people know, the more they yell.

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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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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That's the essence of inhumanity." -

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A great gulf... has been opened between man's material advance and his social and moral progress, a gulf in which he may one day be lost if it is not closed or narrowed. Man has conquered outer space. He has not conquered himself.

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The more one judges, the less one loves.

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Things fall apart The centre cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

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Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so. Almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

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Rwanda taught me that there is nothing inevitable about radical evil. Radical evil is a political construction.

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You can’t change society unless you change yourself.

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Responding to hatred with hatred can only increase hatred a thousandfold. We can only come to real peace when world leaders hear the suffering at the root of human conflict.

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The first thing that people will do for their ideals is lie.

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What is important is that one utilizes one’s intellect and not to be 100 percent sure about one’s convictions. One should always leave room for doubt.

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Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you're weak where you thought yourself strong. You'll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself — as I know you already have — in dark places, alone, and afraid. What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign.

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The children of light must be armed with the wisdom of the children of darkness but remain free from their malice.

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In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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The prescriptive voice rather makes me cringe.

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