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Paul Watzlawick Quotes and Sayings

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The belief that one's own view of reality is the only
reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.
- Paul Watzlawick

The suicide arrives at the conclusion that what he
is seeking does not exist;
the seeker concludes that what he has not yet looked in the right place.
- Paul Watzlawick

The counterpart of the suicide is the seeker;
but the difference between them is slight.
- Paul Watzlawick

Above all, in comedy, and again and again since classical times,
passages can be found in which the level of representation
is interrupted by references to the spectators or to
the fictive nature of the play.
- Paul Watzlawick

 

In other words, what is supposedly found is an invention
whose inventor is unaware of his act of invention,
who considers it as something that exists independently of him;
the invention then becomes the basis of his world view and actions.
- Paul Watzlawick

A self-fulfilling prophecy is an assumption or prediction that,
purely as a result of having been made,
cause the expected or predicted event to occur and
thus confirms its own 'accuracy.'
- Paul Watzlawick

It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the
presence of another person can avoid being a communication
of one's own view of the nature of one's relationship
with that person and how it can fail to influence that person.
- Paul Watzlawick

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This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person,
whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of,
with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even
noticing that he is being saturated.
- Paul Watzlawick

Radical constructivism, thus, is radical because it
breaks with convention and develops a theory of knowledge
in which knowledge does not reflect an 'objective' ontological reality.
- Paul Watzlawick

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When an inner situation is not made conscious,
it appears outside as fate.
- Carl Jung

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

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

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

The inherent nature of God
is not changed by our individual beliefs,
our religious institutions,
or our communal traditions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

In religion and politics, people's belief's and convictions
are in almost every case gotten at second hand,
and without examination
- Mark Twain

Dumbo! C'mon, fly! Open them ears!
The magic feather was just a gag!
You can fly! Honest, you can!
- Timothy Q. Mouse in the movie Dumbo

Anyone can heal who believes that he can
and will take the time to put that belief into motion.
- Ernest Holmes

Belief fuels our decisions -
even when we are not clearly aware of those beliefs.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling,
arising within the mind of the one praying.
- Ernest Holmes

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

The greatest force in the human body
is the natural drive of the body to heal itself -
but that force in not independent of the belief system.
Everything begins with belief.
What we believe is the most powerful option of all.
- Norman Cousins

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence,
a belief in the grace of God so assured that
a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
- Martin Luther

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

It's hard to believe, hard to be a believer,
when you see the way the things are in the world.
But I am a believer!
- Bono

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul
grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Belief transcends ritual, structure and societal expectation.
It is an enlivening, intensely personal
core to our being. Our way of being.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
- D. Elton Trueblood

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief
in the occurrence of the improbable.
- H. L. Mencken

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
- Peter Marshall

Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James

Delusion: belief said to be false by someone who does not share it.
- Thomas Szasz

Faith is much better than belief.
Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the
part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
- Honore de Balzac

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks
in building any successful venture.
- Lydia M. Child

It is not our place to know the mind of God.
Spirit knows what is best in the long run -
best for each of us individually,
and best for humanity as a whole.
This is often very difficult to accept
when we see war and disease in the world
and experience physical and emotional suffering
in ourselves, our family, and our friends.
I consider this belief in God's infinite power
and ultimate wisdom to be the true test of faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something;
in the absence of good grounds for belief,
he will be satisfied with bad ones.
- Bertrand Russell

There are righteous people working
in a whole rainbow of belief systems -
from Hasidic Jews to right-wing Bible Belters
to charismatic Catholics.
- Bono

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows,
must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking,
belief in the absolute power of logic.
- Alexis Carrel

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Belief is the death of intelligence.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

It is my belief that it is not the fact that he traveled
as much as he did during the past few months as much
as what he said and how he said it that hurt him.
- Robert Teeter

Beliefs have evolved based on survival value.
Certain belief systems have been more conducive than others
to people living long enough to reproduce,
and having a high rate of reproduction.
It's that basic.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the
belief that most planning and architectural design
suffers for lack of real and basic purpose.
The ultimate purpose, it seems to me,
must be the improvement of mankind.
- James Rouse

However, we all share the firm belief in the triumph
of humanist and progressive values that mankind has
achieved during its long history of struggle and creativeness.
- Tran Duc Luong

The fifties - they seem to have taken place on a sunny
afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting
belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
- Elizabeth Hardwick

First and foremost, I'm a feminist.
And basically that stems from a strong belief that
all people and creatures deserve equal opportunity,
rights and respect.
- Kathy Najimy

Superstition is only the fear of belief,
while religion is the confidence.
- Countess of Blessington

I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.
- Marian Anderson

Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
- Emile M. Cioran

Just as no one can be forced into belief,
so no one can be forced into unbelief.
- Sigmund Freud

My belief in God is responsible for what I am...
How can I refuse to talk about something which is so
much a prt of my life both as a man and as a actor?
- Robert Vaughn


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