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James Hillman Quotes and Sayings

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We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

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All we can do when we think of kids today is think of more hours of school,
earlier age at the computer, and curfews.
Who would want to grow up in that world?
- James Hillman

The word power has such a generally negative implication in our society.
What are people talking about? Are they talking about muscles,
or control?
- James Hillman

We carve out risk-free lives where nothing happens.
- James Hillman

 

Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path...
this is what I must do, this is what I've got to have.
This is who I am.
- James Hillman

I know my own deficiencies, one of which is that I
had lived away from America for such a long time.
It's called expatriate.
- James Hillman

I don't think anything changes until ideas change.
The usual American viewpoint is to believe that something
is wrong with the person.
- James Hillman

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You don't know what you're going to get into when you follow your bliss.
- James Hillman

If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve,
it is the thought that is hurting you now.
- James Hillman

We're an air bag society that wants guarantees on everything that we buy.
We want to be able to take everything back and get another one.
We want a 401-k plan and Social Security.
- James Hillman

We have to give value to authority.
We have to give value to office, being in office,
holding office.
- James Hillman

Loss means losing what was We want to change but we don't want to lose.
Without time for loss, we don't have time for soul.
- James Hillman

It's very important for men to look downward,
to the next generation.
- James Hillman

It's very hard to know what wisdom is.
- James Hillman

I see happiness as a by-product.
I don't think you can pursue happiness.
I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes
the Founding Fathers made.
- James Hillman

We can't change anything until we get some fresh ideas,
until we begin to see things differently.
- James Hillman

The circumstances, including my body and my parents,
whom I may curse, are my soul's own choice and I do
not understand this because I have forgotten.
- James Hillman

I'm cautious about a lot of words.
- James Hillman

Too many people have been analyzing their pasts,
their childhoods, their memories, their parents,
and realizing that it doesn't do anything-or that it doesn't do enough.
- James Hillman

We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.
- James Hillman

Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction,
it is a functioning phenomenon.
It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable.
- James Hillman

It's important to ask yourself, How am I useful to
others? What do people want from me? That may very
well reveal what you are here for.
- James Hillman

Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being.
I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness.
If we drop the pursuit, it's right here.
- James Hillman

We need to work on the world so it will not be so oppressive.
- James Hillman

I'm the result of upbringing, class,
race,
gender, social prejudices, and economics.
So I'm a victim again.
A result.
- James Hillman

I think we're miserable partly because we have only one god,
and that's economics.
- James Hillman

As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body,
the parents, the place, and the circumstances that
suited the soul and that,
as the myth says, belongs to its necessity.
- James Hillman

It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it.
- James Hillman

Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind.
- James Hillman

You don't attack the grunts of Vietnam;
you blame the theory behind the war.
Nobody who fought in that war was at fault.
It was the war itself that was at fault.
It's the same thing with psychotherapy.
- James Hillman

In the history of the treatment of depression,
there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile,
hoses, attempts to shock the patient.
All of these represent hatred or aggression towards
what depression represents in the patient.
- James Hillman

The culture is going into a psychological depression.
We are concerned about our place in the world,
about being competitive: Will my children have as much
as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay
for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world?
- James Hillman

When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way,
as if our American tradition were only the Puritan
tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition.
The Christian tradition.
- James Hillman

Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you:
you are the one who is wrong.
If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged,
the problem is not just inside the kid;
it's also in the system,
the society.
- James Hillman

Whether we like it or not, men have more of the offices,
more of the higher jobs, more of the seats in Congress.
Men need to re-examine what their power is.
We need to understand how to use it.
- James Hillman

Approach life with an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stay committed to your decisions,
but stay flexible in your approach.
- Tony Robbins

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inhale, and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.
Exhale, and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
- Krishnamacharya

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Creativity is the quality that you bring
to the activity that you are doing.
It is an attitude, an inner approach -
how you look at things.
- Osho

The things you fear are undefeatable,
not by their nature, but by your approach.
- Jewel

The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.
- Karl Lagerfeld

Bodybuilding is much like any other sport.
To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training,
diet and mental approach.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

The most important service rendered
by the press and the magazines
is that of educating people
to approach printed matter with distrust.
- Samuel Butler

I have a different approach.
I don't file lawsuits because I really don't care.
- Nicole Kidman

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll
probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Phil Jackson

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery,
and you lose for certain; and the greater the number
of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.
- Adam Smith

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born
at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
- Mark Twain

The largest and most influential houses chiefly demonstrate
the aloofness of the French approach.
- Stephen Gardiner

We must be vigilant in our actions towards criminals,
and innovative in our approach towards solving crime.
- Thomas Menino

There is a tremendous amount of support for the approach we have taken,
which again is to base our decisions on risk analysis
and thoughtful scientific process.
- Mike Johanns

We at the Department of Education are going to provide technical assistance;
I've committed $14 million to show states how they
might meet this more sophisticated approach.
- Margaret Spellings

I think that the jazzy approach that I have is based
on the way that I hear music and in the way I play
a supporting role to the other people in the band.
- Jimmy Chamberlin

The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau.
- James F. Byrnes

The war on meth must be fought with a multi-pronged approach.
- Greg Walden

My theme for philanthropy is the same approach I used with technology:
to find a need and fill it.
- An Wang

As a matter of principle, I always come to a film like a blank slate,
I don't learn my lines in advance.
With this approach, I feel clean.
- Jeanne Moreau

The one thing you don't want is that stale sound when
you've done a line so much you can't find a fresh approach to it.
Drop it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

But the approach to recording this album was kind of an organized,
chaotic approach where I wanted to maintain and preserve
that wild abandon to creating.
- Vanessa Carlton

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments;
tenderness for what he is,
and respect for what he may become.
- Louis Pasteur

I approach everything in my life the same way;
if it feels right,
I know it.
- Kenny G

My teachers helped guide and motivate me;
but the responsibility of learning was left with me,
an approach to learning which was later reinforced
by my experiences at Amherst.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

The way I approach the character isn't about being gay or straight.
It's just about who you love.
Gender has very little to do with it.
- Mia Kirshner

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.
The extra energy required to make another effort or
try another approach is the secret of winning.
- Denis Waitley

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride
and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
- Blaise Pascal

At our college we were taught a universal approach
to find out about a person:
what problems the person has,
what difficulties, what personal tendencies and likings.
- Markus Wolf

I have always had a certain rhythmic approach to my work.
- Paul Hirsch


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