Quotation by Doris Lessing

Yet there is a mystery here and it is not one that I understand: without the sting of otherness, of—even—the vicious, without the terrible energies of the underside of health, sanity, sense, then nothing works or can work. I tell you that goodness-what we in our ordinary daylight selves call goodness: the ordinary, the decent—these are nothing without the hidden powers that pour forth continually from their shadow sides. Their hidden aspects contained and tempered.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. The Chronicler, in The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five, p. 198, Knopf (1980).
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