Some wise words

Every person’s map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way… So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be.  Milton Erickson

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. Jack Kerouac

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. Marcel Proust

“As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfilment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found–in himself.” Erich Fromm

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anaïs Nin (1903 – 1977)

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. Carl Jung

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. Anais Nin (1903 – 1977)

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. Carl Jung

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anais Nin

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gauguin

“Doubts and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.” Helen Keller

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung

“There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.” Erich Fromm

Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression. Karen Horney

“The factors that contributed to my growth were many – finding someone who understood me, exploring the unconscious, awakening my latent love . . . but one star is brightest among all: the self. I found the source of livingness inside me, something I didn’t even know existed.” Piero Ferrucci, What We May Be,  1982, p. 16

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” Anais Nin

“The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.” Erich Fromm

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down” Mary Pickford

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us. Virginia Satir

Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what’s more than enough. Billie Holiday

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. Its what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir

“Infinities and indivisibles transcend our finite understanding, the former on account of their magnitude, the latter because of their smallness; Imagine what they are when combined.” Galileo Galilei

I’m a real rebel with a cause. Nina Simone

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination. Carl Jung

People don’t just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness. Albert Ellis

Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it’s conditional. Albert Ellis

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. Marcel Proust

There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy. Albert Ellis

A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it. Marcel Proust

The only normal people are the one’s you don’t know very well. Alfred Adler

“There is no good reason why we should not develop and change until the last day we live.” Karen Horney

Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Viktor E. Frankl

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for. Viktor E. Frankl

Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E. Frankl

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often. Erich Fromm

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. William Shakespeare

In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish. Simone Weil

At the centre of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu


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