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Robert Jay Lifton Quotes and Sayings

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I learned a lot from Vietnam veterans,
especially as some of them turned against their own war.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I struggled with each of these studies and I was uncertain about what they meant,
and often confused, and then I tried to put together what I was seeing.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I never quite envisioned myself a proper doctor under that white coat,
but I was interested in the idea of healing and in
the psychological dimension rather early on.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I did the first study because I had been exposed to
something that I took to be important and interesting -
this thought reform process -
in the military.
- Robert Jay Lifton

 

Every adult in the world has some sense that he or
she might be obliterated at any time by these weapons that we have created.
- Robert Jay Lifton

It was because of my deep concerns about nuclear weapons
that I went to Hiroshima.
And then I was astounded in Hiroshima to find that
nobody had really studied it.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Yes, I've been very preoccupied with the survivor all through my work.
- Robert Jay Lifton

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I'm a Brooklyn boy.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised there,
and spent most of my childhood there.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I don't have the feeling that as a very young person
I read books that absolutely made their mark on my mind.
- Robert Jay Lifton

When I was still in my psychiatric residency training in New York City,
I was subjected to the doctor draft of that time,
during the early fifties, at the time of the Korean War.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Sometimes it's said that psychiatrists are doctors
who are frightened by the sight of blood.
I might have fallen into that category.
- Robert Jay Lifton

That is, we are bombarded by all kinds of images and
influences and we have to fend some of them off if
we're to take in any of them,
or to carry through just our ordinary day's work,
or really deepen whatever we have to do or say.
- Robert Jay Lifton

And I managed to arrange to get some research support
and to stay in Hong Kong for another year and a half,
interviewing people coming out of China,
both Westerners and Chinese.
And that was my first real research study on thought
reform or so-called brainwashing.
- Robert Jay Lifton

What I found was when I started my first study,
and then in subsequent studies, is here you have people
under some kind of duress,
or I chose to study them because they represented some
kind of historical event,
as it impacted on them or as they helped to create it.
- Robert Jay Lifton

It may sound terrible, but I often say that the military
saved me from a conventional life in the United States
and I've never really thanked them for it,
because I haven't exactly been pro-military in my work.
- Robert Jay Lifton

One reason that I embarked on a study of Nazi doctors
was that in this personal journey,
I had the feeling increasingly that I did want to do
a Holocaust study and that increasingly I wanted it to be of perpetrators,
which I thought was more needed.
- Robert Jay Lifton

But I spent just two calendar years at Cornell University,
though it was covering more than three years of work,
and then went to medical school and did become interested in psychiatry,
and even helped form a kind of psychiatry club in medical school.
- Robert Jay Lifton

As a kid I was fascinated with sports,
and I loved sports more than anything else.
The first books I read were about sports,
like books about Baseball Joe, as one baseball hero was called.
- Robert Jay Lifton

And I thought about the psychic numbing involved in
strategic projections of using hydrogen bombs or nuclear weapons of any kind.
And I also thought about ways in which all of us undergo
what could be called the numbing of everyday life.
- Robert Jay Lifton

But when I went to Hiroshima and began to study or
just listen to people's descriptions of their work,
it was quite clear they were talking about death all the time,
about people dying all around them, about their own fear of death.
- Robert Jay Lifton

Again, I was influenced by my father,
who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating
the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism,
which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in.
- Robert Jay Lifton

The other thing that happened was my last military assignment -
this was in the air force; I had enlisted in order
to avoid being drafted as a private,
and of course I only practiced medicine or psychiatry
in the air force so I was never in any kind of violent combat.
- Robert Jay Lifton

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

You must unlearn what you have learned.
- the character Yoda in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

He who is not everyday conquering some fear
has not learned the secret of life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

True wisdom cannot be learned in a lifetime,
but can be revealed in a moment,
for it has always lived within each and every one of us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

I have learned, that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

I've learned that you should always
leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
- Anonymous

In three words, I can sum up everything
I've learned about life - it goes on.
- Robert Frost

The secret of merging with Spirit
and recognizing the oneness of the whole Universe
cannot be learned in a lifetime, but can be revealed in a moment,
for it has always lived within each and every one of us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

Friendship...
is not something you learn in school.
But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship,
you really haven't learned anything.
- Muhammad Ali

Education is what remains after one has forgotten
what one has learned in school.
- Albert Einstein

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who,
however, has never learned how to walk forward.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you
must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example.
My father wasn't perfect.
- Adam Sandler

The only real failure in life is one not learned from.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

The only person who is educated is the one who has
learned how to learn and change.
- Carl Rogers

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent,
of forms assembled in the light.
- Le Corbusier

I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.
- Al Green

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope,
to love - and to put its trust in life.
- Joseph Conrad

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy.
First, let her think she's having her own way.
And second, let her have it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

A newborn does not have worry, or stress, or anger,
because they have not yet learned those things.
Consider what life would be like if you could
forget all the past resentments and perceived offenses
that color your thinking and your emotions.
Buddhists call that state "beginner mind" -
an opening to experience life
without the jaundiced filter of past disappointments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All that I know I learned after I was thirty.
- Georges Clemenceau

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

One thing you learned as a Cubs fan:
when you bought you ticket,
you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.
- Joe Garagiola

Leadership cannot really be taught.
It can only be learned.
- Harold S. Geneen

When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb.
After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to
find out how much he'd learned in three years.
- Frank Butler

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned
something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
- Walt Disney

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself:
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
- G. Gordon Liddy

We learned that economic growth and environmental protection
can and should go hand in hand.
- Christopher Dodd

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

Just when I think I have learned the way to live,
life changes.
- Hugh Prather

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
- Margaret Mead

If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world,
that is bad.
But if a learned person is thus attracted,
it is worse.
- Abu Bakr

The art of medicine was to be properly learned only
from its practice and its exercise.
- Thomas Sydenham

If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.
- Cornelius Vanderbilt

An educated person is one who has learned that information
almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false,
misleading, fictitious, mendacious -
just dead wrong.
- Russell Baker

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

I wanted a perfect ending.
Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme,
and some stories don't have a clear beginning,
middle and end.
- Gilda Radner

When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex,
there is an important lesson to be learned.
Do not have sex with the authorities.
- Matt Groening


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