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The opposite of courage in our society
by Rollo May

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Live-By

Life comes from physical survival; but the good life
comes from what we care about.
- Rollo May

If you do not express your own original ideas,
if you do not listen to your own being,
you will have betrayed yourself.
- Rollo May

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
- Rollo May

 

Care is a state in which something does matter;
it is the source of human tenderness.
- Rollo May

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by
no means an antagonistic one.
Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
- Rollo May

Human freedom involves our capacity to pause,
to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.
- Rollo May

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Communication leads to community, that is,
to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
- Rollo May

Depression is the inability to construct a future.
- Rollo May

One does not become fully human painlessly.
- Rollo May

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development.
It is our capacity to mold ourselves.
- Rollo May

Courage is not the absence of despair;
it is,
rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
- Rollo May

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster
when we have lost our way.
- Rollo May

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life,
for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling
our natures as human beings.
It is based on the experience of one's identity as
a being of worth and dignity.
- Rollo May

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood;
it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being,
which is a passion to live beyond one's death.
- Rollo May

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom,
to move on in one's inward journey into new realms,
than to stand defiantly for outer freedom.
It is often easier to play the martyr,
as it is to be rash in battle.
- Rollo May

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

Marriage resembles a pair of shears,
so joined that they cannot be separated;
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds -
habits and novelty.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty.
It is not.
It is the opposite of vulgarity.
- Coco Chanel

Christianity has not conquered nationalism;
the opposite has been the case nationalism has made
Christianity its footstool.
- Arthur Keith

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age,
but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth
and age are equally a burden.
- Plato

I've made an odd discovery.
Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that
happiness is no longer a possibility.
Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

I decided law was the exact opposite of sex;
even when it was good,
it was lousy.
- Mortimer Zuckerman

Whenever a situation develops to its extreme,
it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.
- Frank Capra

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic,
but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs,
you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death,
and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully,
or you're not alive.
- Mel Brooks

We're actors.
We're the opposite of people.
- Tom Stoppard

I had a very diametrically opposite set of parents.
- Bill Griffith

Dressing up is a bore.
At a certain age, you decorate yourself to attract the opposite sex,
and at a certain age, I did that.
But I'm past that age.
- Katharine Hepburn

A blue dog, you know, is the opposite of a yellow dog.
And a yellow dog was somebody who was willing to follow
his party even when he knew it was wrong.
- Mike Thompson

Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by
an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
- Ben Elton

In society, one doesn't tell the truth,
one tells the exact opposite.
- Nelson Eddy

Peace, of course, is different from divorce;
indeed,
in essential respects, divorce is the opposite of peace.
- Douglas Feith

In my experience it's not essential to get on with
the person that you're acting opposite.
- Hugh Dancy

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human
that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Quite the opposite.
I might fall on my face, but I feel born again.
- Richard Foreman

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

To know one thing, you must know the opposite.
- Henry Moore

If and when we get married, only a completely opposite system will prevail.
- David O. Selznick

Never were two people more opposite in sentiment than my companions.
- William Hamilton Maxwell

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change
in the opposite direction,
whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals,
or in governments.
- Plato

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses
but the actual reality is the opposite,
just many people doing things that build on eachother,
like a wall of mini stones.
- Donald Knuth

It's my first record since my son is old enough to
understand and I can't even show it to him.
Yes, it's affected me, probably in the opposite of
how anyone would have thought.
- Paul Westerberg

We were like bishops of opposite color.
- Boris Spassky

In science one tries to tell people,
in such a way as to be understood by everyone,
something that no one ever knew before.
But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
- Paul Dirac

It always amazed me that he was able to do it,
and that Orson Welles was able to do it.
I never understood it because the talents are absolutely opposite -
polar opposites.
- Mark Rydell

We are not the originators of the story.
I think it's actually the opposite when you're an actor.
You're telling somebody else's story.
- Jessica Lange

The satirical direction I have chosen is an indication
of my disappointment in man,
which is the opposite way of saying that I have high
expectations for the human race.
- Jack Levine

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side
of the scale from touring.
They balance me out creatively.
- Tommy Shaw

A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.
- Elizabeth Fishel

For a traveler going from any place toward the north,
that pole of the daily rotation gradually climbs higher,
while the opposite pole drops down an equal amount.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

It's a character I've created.
Actually, that's pretty much the opposite of me,
off a farm in the Midwest.
- Douglas Wilson

You read a book from beginning to end.
You run a business the opposite way.
You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.
- Jessamyn West


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