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I did the first study because I had been exposed to
by Robert Jay Lifton

I did the first study because I had been exposed to
something that I took to be important and interesting -
this thought reform process -
in the military.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Yes, I've been very preoccupied with the survivor all through my work.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Sometimes it's said that psychiatrists are doctors
who are frightened by the sight of blood.
I might have fallen into that category.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I don't have the feeling that as a very young person
I read books that absolutely made their mark on my mind.
- Robert Jay Lifton

 

I struggled with each of these studies and I was uncertain about what they meant,
and often confused, and then I tried to put together what I was seeing.
- Robert Jay Lifton

When I was still in my psychiatric residency training in New York City,
I was subjected to the doctor draft of that time,
during the early fifties, at the time of the Korean War.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Every adult in the world has some sense that he or
she might be obliterated at any time by these weapons that we have created.
- Robert Jay Lifton

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It was because of my deep concerns about nuclear weapons
that I went to Hiroshima.
And then I was astounded in Hiroshima to find that
nobody had really studied it.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I'm a Brooklyn boy.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised there,
and spent most of my childhood there.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I learned a lot from Vietnam veterans,
especially as some of them turned against their own war.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I never quite envisioned myself a proper doctor under that white coat,
but I was interested in the idea of healing and in
the psychological dimension rather early on.
- Robert Jay Lifton

What I found was when I started my first study,
and then in subsequent studies, is here you have people
under some kind of duress,
or I chose to study them because they represented some
kind of historical event,
as it impacted on them or as they helped to create it.
- Robert Jay Lifton

But when I went to Hiroshima and began to study or
just listen to people's descriptions of their work,
it was quite clear they were talking about death all the time,
about people dying all around them, about their own fear of death.
- Robert Jay Lifton

But I spent just two calendar years at Cornell University,
though it was covering more than three years of work,
and then went to medical school and did become interested in psychiatry,
and even helped form a kind of psychiatry club in medical school.
- Robert Jay Lifton

And I thought about the psychic numbing involved in
strategic projections of using hydrogen bombs or nuclear weapons of any kind.
And I also thought about ways in which all of us undergo
what could be called the numbing of everyday life.
- Robert Jay Lifton

It may sound terrible, but I often say that the military
saved me from a conventional life in the United States
and I've never really thanked them for it,
because I haven't exactly been pro-military in my work.
- Robert Jay Lifton

And I managed to arrange to get some research support
and to stay in Hong Kong for another year and a half,
interviewing people coming out of China,
both Westerners and Chinese.
And that was my first real research study on thought
reform or so-called brainwashing.
- Robert Jay Lifton

As a kid I was fascinated with sports,
and I loved sports more than anything else.
The first books I read were about sports,
like books about Baseball Joe, as one baseball hero was called.
- Robert Jay Lifton

The other thing that happened was my last military assignment -
this was in the air force; I had enlisted in order
to avoid being drafted as a private,
and of course I only practiced medicine or psychiatry
in the air force so I was never in any kind of violent combat.
- Robert Jay Lifton

One reason that I embarked on a study of Nazi doctors
was that in this personal journey,
I had the feeling increasingly that I did want to do
a Holocaust study and that increasingly I wanted it to be of perpetrators,
which I thought was more needed.
- Robert Jay Lifton

That is, we are bombarded by all kinds of images and
influences and we have to fend some of them off if
we're to take in any of them,
or to carry through just our ordinary day's work,
or really deepen whatever we have to do or say.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Again, I was influenced by my father,
who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating
the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism,
which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in.
- Robert Jay Lifton

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
- Sydney Harris

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Every day I give thanks that I am me,
and that everything that has ever occurred in my life
happened exactly as it did -
however unpleasant it may have appeared at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

True believers just don't see things the way they are,
because if they did, they wouldn't be true believers anymore.
- Philip Caputo

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had.
It wasn't the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- John Lennon

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did
not reflect positively on my father's life.
- Sidney Poitier

I'm 86 and my doctor used to tell me to slow down -
at least he did until he dropped dead.
- Cesar Romero

Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never did and it never will.
- Frederick Douglass

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

If we were meant to be happy,
why did God create war, hunger, and the 11 o'clock news?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day
that ever my eyes did see.
- Donald Cargill

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage,
and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina

Being a father to my family and a husband is to me
much more important than what I did in the business.
- Tom Bosley

The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children.
They did not want public office.
- Herbert Hoover

God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The one thing that kept our family together was the music.
The only thing that our family would share emotionally
was to have our dad cry over something the kids did with music.
- Dennis Wilson

I never did quite fit the glamour mode.
It is life with my husband and family that is my high now.
- Patty Duke

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did
not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
- Bill Toomey

I did not become a vegetarian for my health,
I did it for the health of the chickens.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer


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