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I think the future of psychotherapy and ...
by 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

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 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 hope to die in the saddle seat.
- Albert Ellis

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

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

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

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

Most people would have given up when faced with all
the criticism I've received over the 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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

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

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

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

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil


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