"But in fact if you look at film as a metaphor, only through the negative can you have the positive print. What I'm trying to get to is the positive value of negation"
- Godfrey Reggio
About this Quote
Godfrey Reggio's quote is a metaphor for life. He is suggesting that in order to accomplish something positive, one should initially go through a period of negation. This might mean that in order to reach a goal, one should first go through a period of struggle and failure. It might likewise mean that in order to value something, one need to first experience its opposite. For instance, in order to appreciate the charm of a warm day, one need to initially experience the darkness of a rainy night. Reggio's quote is a pointer that the negative can be a powerful tool for growth and progress. It can be a source of inspiration and strength, and it can assist us to value the positive aspects of life.
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