Compiled by Josephine Gross, Ph.D.
The Great One produces the two poles (Heaven and Earth), which in turn give rise to the energies of the dark (yin) and the light (yang). These two energies then transform themselves, one rising upwards, and the other descending downwards; they merge again and give rise to form. The created universe carries the yin at its back and the yang in front; through the union of the pervading principles it reaches harmony.
I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
A visionary company doesn't want to blend yin and yang into a grey,
indistinguishable circle that is neither highly yin nor highly yang; it aims to
be distinctly yin and distinctly yang—both at the same time, all the time.
If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi
God made man stronger but not necessarily more intelligent.
He gave women intuition and femininity. And, used properly, that combination
easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met.
What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most
beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
There are no greater adversaries than yin and yang,
because nothing in Heaven or on Earth escapes them. But it is not
yin and yang that do this, it is your heart that makes it so.
Taste is the feminine of genius.
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
The idea of Yin and Yang is not about men and woman, as is sometimes understood in the West. Yin and Yang is about balance and harmony,
and is the very essence of our universe.
Women's liberation is the liberation of the feminine
in the man and the masculine in the woman.
Being and becoming are the yin and yang of our lives. One inner, one outer.
Today, we value becoming to the exclusion of being; we applaud human becomings.The secret is balance.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree,
it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful,
than the man who is anxious about his virility.
—Simone de Beauvoir
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
—Amos Bronson Alcott
A man will treat a woman almost exactly the way he treats his own
interior feminine. In fact, he hasn't the ability to see a woman, objectively
speaking, until he has made some kind of peace with his interior woman.
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism.
But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another.
Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly
masculine man, no purely feminine woman.