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Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. - Erich Fromm
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If you're old, don't try to change yourself, change your environment. - B. F. Skinner
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Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. - William James
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Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake. - William James
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If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I'd still swim. And I'd despise the one who gave up. - Abraham Maslow
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If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. - Abraham Maslow
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The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. - B. F. Skinner
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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. - William James
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A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting. - Abraham Maslow
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A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. - Abraham Maslow
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All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization. - Abraham Maslow
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But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication. - Abraham Maslow
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Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values. - Abraham Maslow
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Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth. - Abraham Maslow
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I was awfully curious to find out why I didn't go insane. - Abraham Maslow
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If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. - Abraham Maslow
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One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. - Abraham Maslow
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The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. - Abraham Maslow
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The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior. - Abraham Maslow
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The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. - Abraham Maslow
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We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves. - Abraham Maslow
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We may define therapy as a search for value. - Abraham Maslow
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What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization. - Abraham Maslow
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What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. - Abraham Maslow
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Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human. - Albert Ellis
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As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing. - Albert Ellis
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By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed. - Albert Ellis
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For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency. - Albert Ellis
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Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency. - Albert Ellis
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I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them. - Albert Ellis
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I had a great many sex and love cases where people were absolutely devastated when somebody with whom they were compulsively in love didn't love them back. They were killing themselves with anxiety and depression. - Albert Ellis
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I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public. - Albert Ellis
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I hope to die in the saddle seat. - Albert Ellis
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I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist. - Albert Ellis
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I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition. - Albert Ellis
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I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs. - Albert Ellis
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I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it. - Albert Ellis
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I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame. - Albert Ellis
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I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years. - Albert Ellis
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If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments. - Albert Ellis
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If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic. - Albert Ellis
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I'm very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it-going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert. - Albert Ellis
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In the old days we used to get more referrals, because people had insurance that paid for therapy. Now they belong to HMOs, and we can only be affiliated with a few HMOs. - Albert Ellis
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Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse. - Albert Ellis
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Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings. They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously been an analyst and they were very angry at my flying the coop. - Albert Ellis
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Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years. - Albert Ellis
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People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection. - Albert Ellis
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People don't just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness. - Albert Ellis
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People got insights into what was bothering them, but they hardly did a damn thing to change. - Albert Ellis
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People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware. - Albert Ellis
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