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People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships
by Albert Ellis

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

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

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
- Albert Ellis

There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women.
Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
- Albert Ellis

 

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

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

For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is:
childish dependency.
- 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

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

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

Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
- Albert Ellis

Most people would have given up when faced with all
the criticism I've received over the years.
- Albert Ellis

If something is irrational, that means it won't work.
It's usually unrealistic.
- Albert Ellis

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

You largely constructed your depression.
It wasn't given to you.
Therefore, you can deconstruct it.
- Albert Ellis

People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.
- Albert Ellis

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

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

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

If I had been a member of the academic establishment,
I could have done other experiments.
- Albert Ellis

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

We teach people that they upset themselves.
We can't change the past, so we change how people are thinking,
feeling and behaving today.
- Albert Ellis

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

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

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

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

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

I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally,
whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them.
- Albert Ellis

Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.
- Albert Ellis

I hope to die in the saddle seat.
- Albert Ellis

People got insights into what was bothering them,
but they hardly did a damn thing to change.
- Albert Ellis

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

The best years of your life are the ones in which you
decide your problems are your own.
You do not blame them on your mother,
the ecology, or the president.
You realize that you control your own destiny.
- Albert Ellis

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

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

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

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece.
I challenge you to join the ranks of those people
who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
- Tony Robbins

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

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

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Simply put, you believe that things
or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate.
You make yourself unhappy.
- Wayne Dyer

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot


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