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Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good ...
by Albert Ellis

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

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

 

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

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

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I hope to die in the saddle seat.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift.
- Albert Einstein

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational
exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
- William Butler Yeats

Gardening is not a rational act.
- Margaret Atwood

The will to believe chases out the rational mind,
whenever and wherever the two come into conflict.
- Philip K. Dick

Architecture is not an inspirational business,
it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things;
that's all.
- Harry Seidler

My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men.
- Simon Newcomb

In a way, one gets stability from being able to order the rational mind.
- Richard Gere

Rational behavior requires theory.
Reactive behavior requires only reflex action.
- W. Edwards Deming

A king is always a king - and a woman always a woman:
his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I add this, that rational ability without education
has oftener raised man to glory and virtue,
than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the
larger proportion of people are loving,
rational and happy.
- Julia Ward Howe

First, he must hold rational values,
and to do this he must be a thinker.
- Andrew Bernstein

I think I got off on the wrong planet.
Beam me up Scotty, there's no rational life here.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Indeed, I am sometimes inclined to doubt whether some
men consider youth as rational and intelligent beings,
with minds capable of expansion, and talents formed for usefulness.
- Joseph Lancaster

While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad,
the capitalist is a rational miser.
- Karl Marx

Lucas attended a conference on rational expectations
at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 1973.
The day after the conference, I received a call from Pittsburgh.
- Thomas J. Sargent

I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad.
Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.
- Edward Bond

When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that
they will reap the whirlwind.
- Frederick Douglass

Respect for another man's opinion is worthy.
It is the realization that any opinion is valuable,
for it is the sign of a rational being.
- Sargent Shriver

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
- Vladimir Nabokov

In a completely rational society, the best of us would
be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
- Lee Iacocca

The first and most optimistic response was complete
rational expectations econometrics.
A rational expectations equilibrium is a likelihood function.
Maximize it.
- Thomas J. Sargent

In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers.
In our actual society we insist they be cheerleaders.
- Steve Allen

Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.
- Herbert Simon

Make women rational creatures, and free citizens,
and they will quickly become good wives;
-
that is,
if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting,
rational and manly pleasures.
- William Wycherley

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence,
that theory must take into account and explain the
mental nature we see at work in all modern communities.
- Arthur Keith

So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not
its absence but the use of higher and more rational
forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.
- Charles Horton Cooley

From 1918 on, trade unionists were to express from
the platforms of their congresses the workers' desire
for peace through a rational organization of the world.
- Leon Jouhaux

The more rational an institution is the less it suffers
by making concessions to others.
- George Santayana

TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties
of his rational Creatures.
- Charles Inglis

I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist,
then it would choose the American system.
- Noam Chomsky

As long as you have a system that is based on the rational
that if you are making money you are thereby making
a contribution to society,
these financial rogue practices will continue.
- David Korten

It has a sound and rational circulating medium,
a real and definite representative of wealth.
- Josiah Warren

To say that man is a reasoning animal is a very different
thing than to say that most of man's decisions are
based on his rational process.
That I don't believe at all.
- Rex Stout

Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion.
It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski


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