Oppositions of contraries…

As, then, these oppositions of contraries lend beauty to the language, so the beauty of the course of this world is achieved by the opposition of contraries, arranged, as it were, by an eloquence not of words, but of things.  This is quite plainly stated in the Book of Ecclesiasticus, in this way:  “Good is set against evil, and life against death:  so is the sinner against the godly.  So look upon all the works of the Most High, and these are two and two, one against another.

Augustine, CoG, XI.18

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