[Note: in the pages of Lucifer, aphorisms or brief explanations of specific topics, like the following, often appear at the close of articles. These are presumed to be by H.P.B.]
Harmony is the law of life, discord its shadow, whence springs suffering, the teacher, the awakener of consciousness.
Through joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, the soul comes to a knowledge of itself; then begins the task of learning the laws of life, that the discords may be resolved, and the harmony be restored.
The eyes of wisdom are like the ocean depths; there is neither joy nor sorrow in them; therefore the soul of the occultist must become stronger than joy, and greater than sorrow.