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I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis,
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is:
childish dependency.
- 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 think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible,
screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition.
- 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

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

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 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

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.

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I don't think my wife likes me very much,
when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.
- Frank Carson

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years
that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes.
We literally do not know how he did it.
- Lukas Foss

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago:
to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
- Robert Kennedy

I was a little concerned that a lot of people thought
I wrote Merchant Ivory movies.
I also thought if I was ever going to write something strange and difficult,
that was the time.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I basically wrote the code and the specs and documentation
for how the client and server talked to each other.
- Tim Berners-Lee

I started to write in 2001.
I wrote the books for the fun of it.
It was an old idea I had had since the nineties.
- Steig Larsson

Like, I kind of developed my musical style in a vacuum.
Even though I listen to a lot of stuff,
the way I wrote was in my bedroom, really privately.
It's still the way I write, actually.
- Liz Phair

I always sang standards because the songs I wrote for
myself weren't as easy to sing.
- Carly Simon

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life,
although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40,
had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career
than most of his brethren.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours,
but I had it all planned out.
It isn't poetry and it does not pretend to be,
but it does what it sets out to do.
- J. Milton Hayes

If I wrote a musical it wouldn't be about me.
Although I do some magic, so it would probably be about
a magician who appeared and re-appeared all over the place.
- Neil Patrick Harris

I've had three novels published, and I was working
a little bit in theater in Ireland.
I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like.
- Neil Jordan

Well, I think that when you direct a movie or write it.
And in the case of the two movies I did,
I wrote and directed, they occupy a special place for you.
- Sean Penn

I didn't want the headache of having a publisher reviewing
everything I wrote in advance.
- Mark Millar

The bands that wrote the big, heroic rock songs -
I really wanted to make a record like that.
- Sheryl Crow

I said, other people can write songs,
let's see if I can.
So the first 400 or 500 wound up on the floor somewhere.
Then I wrote one called Melissa.
- Gregg Allman

I was lucky enough to have the songs in my first show
written by George and Ira Gershwin.
Then Cole Porter wrote five shows for me.
- Ethel Merman

You made a lot of mistakes, and you wrote a lot of crap.
But it was all part of the learning process.
- Cynthia Weil

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read
in books or seen on TV or to make money.
I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
- Dirk Benedict

I am glad that I wrote something that brought joy to millions of people.
- Chuck Mangione

I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels.
- David Rockefeller

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the
most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the
English language to a young man.
- Stephen Greenblatt

This book that I just wrote is going to be coming out very soon to Australia.
- Ronald Biggs

I didn't write this song.
Someone was talking in a room.
I just wrote down everything they said.
- Jeff Ament

The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school.
It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store
and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel,
Mississippi.
- Beth Henley

See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland;
I did strictly special material,
special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
- Mel Torme

Boulez seemed to me to be a guy who wrote laws.
Like a company lawyer.
- Luc Ferrari

Larry only ever wrote one song, and he wrote that with Tony Kaye,
I think it was, from Yes.
- Neil Innes

I wrote my children's book because I believe there
are children that are hurting and may need to know
that there is love out there for them-
God's love.
- Janine Turner

We became the songs we wrote.
- Barry Mann

I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire.
He was in the sauna in a house that burned down,
so he had no idea anything was going on.
It was very sad.
- Jackson Browne

With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else.
First, we wrote our own songs.
That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.
- Brian Setzer

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
- Toni Morrison

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting,
I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant
sound an appropriate place to live.
- Adrian Belew


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