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Rollo May Quotes: "Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair."

Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.




Rollo May Quotes: "Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves."

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.




Rollo May Quotes: "If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself."

If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.



Rollo May Quotes: "Fortunately, however, we no longer have to argue that self -love is not only necessary and good but that it also is a prerequisite for loving others."

Fortunately, however, we no longer have to argue that self -love is not only necessary and good but that it also is a prerequisite for loving others.




Rollo May Quotes: "Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.



Rollo May Quotes: "Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all."

Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.



Rollo May Quotes: "Real freedom is the ability to pause between stimulus and response, and in that pause, choose."

Real freedom is the ability to pause between stimulus and response, and in that pause, choose.




Rollo May Quotes: "In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone."

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.



Rollo May Quotes: "The schizoid man is the natural product of the technological man. It is one way to live and is increasingly utilized and it may explode into violence."

The schizoid man is the natural product of the technological man. It is one way to live and is increasingly utilized and it may explode into violence.



Rollo May Quotes: "The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt."

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.



Rollo May Quotes: "Depression is the inability to construct a future."

Depression is the inability to construct a future.



Rollo May Quotes: "Every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, this is me and the damned world can go to hell."

Every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, this is me and the damned world can go to hell.




Rollo May Quotes: "Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about."

Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.



Rollo May Quotes: "Memory is not just the imprint of the past time upon us; it is the keeper of what is meaningful for our deepest hopes and fears."

Memory is not just the imprint of the past time upon us; it is the keeper of what is meaningful for our deepest hopes and fears.



Rollo May Quotes: "In my clinical experience, the greatest block to a person's development is his having to take on a way of life which is not rooted in his own powers."

In my clinical experience, the greatest block to a person's development is his having to take on a way of life which is not rooted in his own powers.



Rollo May Quotes: "One does not become fully human painlessly."

One does not become fully human painlessly.



Rollo May Quotes: "In religion, it is not the sycophants or those who cling most faithfully to the status quo who are ultimately praised. It is the insurgents."

In religion, it is not the sycophants or those who cling most faithfully to the status quo who are ultimately praised. It is the insurgents.



Rollo May Quotes: "Love is generally confused with dependence; but in point of fact, you can love only in proportion to your capacity for independence."

Love is generally confused with dependence; but in point of fact, you can love only in proportion to your capacity for independence.



Rollo May Quotes: "One of the few blessings of living in an age of anxiety is that we are forced to become aware of ourselves."

One of the few blessings of living in an age of anxiety is that we are forced to become aware of ourselves.



Rollo May Quotes: "There can be no stronger proof of the impoverishment of our contemporary culture than the popular - though profoundly mistaken - definition of myth as falsehood."

There can be no stronger proof of the impoverishment of our contemporary culture than the popular - though profoundly mistaken - definition of myth as falsehood.



Rollo May Quotes: "Beauty is the experience that gives us a sense of joy and a sense of peace simultaneously."

Beauty is the experience that gives us a sense of joy and a sense of peace simultaneously.



Rollo May Quotes: "The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free."

The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free.



Rollo May Quotes: "Science, Nietzsche had warned, is becoming a factory, and the result will be ethical nihilism."

Science, Nietzsche had warned, is becoming a factory, and the result will be ethical nihilism.



Rollo May Quotes: "Recall how often in human history the saint and the rebel have be the same person. (p. 35)"

Recall how often in human history the saint and the rebel have be the same person. (p. 35)



Rollo May Quotes: "People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day to day."

People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day to day.



Rollo May Quotes: "Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is."

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.



Rollo May Quotes: "One of the easiest ways to be irresponsible about power is to forget you have it."

One of the easiest ways to be irresponsible about power is to forget you have it.



Rollo May Quotes: "Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death."

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.



Rollo May Quotes: "The amazing thing about love is that it is the best way to get to know ourselves."

The amazing thing about love is that it is the best way to get to know ourselves.



Rollo May Quotes: "It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way."

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.



Rollo May Quotes: "The receptivity of the artist must never be confused with passivity. Receptivity is the artist's holding him or herself alive and open to hear what being may speak."

The receptivity of the artist must never be confused with passivity. Receptivity is the artist's holding him or herself alive and open to hear what being may speak.



Rollo May Quotes: "I learned that healing and cure are active processes in which I myself needed to participate."

I learned that healing and cure are active processes in which I myself needed to participate.



Rollo May Quotes: "What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?"

What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?



Rollo May Quotes: "Vanity and narcissism — the compulsive need to be admired and praised — undermine one's courage, for one then fights on someone else's conviction rather than one's own."

Vanity and narcissism — the compulsive need to be admired and praised — undermine one's courage, for one then fights on someone else's conviction rather than one's own.



Rollo May Quotes: "Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable."

Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable.



Rollo May Quotes: "A dynamic struggle goes on within a person between what he or she consciously thinks on the one hand and, on the other, some insight, some perspective that is struggling to be born."

A dynamic struggle goes on within a person between what he or she consciously thinks on the one hand and, on the other, some insight, some perspective that is struggling to be born.



Rollo May Quotes: "It is dangerous to know, but it is more dangerous not to know."

It is dangerous to know, but it is more dangerous not to know.



Rollo May Quotes: "Receptivity requires a nimbleness, a fine-honed sensitivity in order to let one's self be the vehicle of whatever vision may emerge."

Receptivity requires a nimbleness, a fine-honed sensitivity in order to let one's self be the vehicle of whatever vision may emerge.



Rollo May Quotes: "Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us."

Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us.



Rollo May Quotes: "There is an energy field between humans. And, when we reach out in passion, it is met with an answering passion and changes the relationship forever."

There is an energy field between humans. And, when we reach out in passion, it is met with an answering passion and changes the relationship forever.



Rollo May Quotes: "People only change when it becomes too dangerous to stay the way they are."

People only change when it becomes too dangerous to stay the way they are.



Rollo May Quotes: "Violence arises not out of superfluity of power but out of powerlessness."

Violence arises not out of superfluity of power but out of powerlessness.



Rollo May Quotes: "Evil, in this system of ethics, is that which tears apart, shuts out the other person, raises barriers, sets people against each other."

Evil, in this system of ethics, is that which tears apart, shuts out the other person, raises barriers, sets people against each other.



Rollo May Quotes: "Poets often have a conscious awareness that they are struggling with the daimonic, and that the issue is their working something through from the depths which push the self to a new plane."

Poets often have a conscious awareness that they are struggling with the daimonic, and that the issue is their working something through from the depths which push the self to a new plane.



Rollo May Quotes: "The first thing necessary for a constructive dealing with time is to learn to live in the reality of the present moment. For psychologically speaking, this present moment is all we have."

The first thing necessary for a constructive dealing with time is to learn to live in the reality of the present moment. For psychologically speaking, this present moment is all we have.



Rollo May Quotes: "When we are dealing with human beings, no truth has reality by itself; it is always dependent upon the reality of the immediate relationship."

When we are dealing with human beings, no truth has reality by itself; it is always dependent upon the reality of the immediate relationship.



Rollo May Quotes: "Creativity is neither the product of neurosis nor simple talent, but an intense courageous encounter with the Gods."

Creativity is neither the product of neurosis nor simple talent, but an intense courageous encounter with the Gods.



Rollo May Quotes: "Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice."

Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice.



Rollo May Quotes: "Human freedom involves our capacity to pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight."

Human freedom involves our capacity to pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.