Quotes

“Being a therapist is psychological alchemy: We receive people’s pain, metabolize it, and return it as compassion.” (Rod Hetzel)

“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.” (Barbara Kingsolver)

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” (Martin Buber)

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” (Joseph Campbell)

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.” (Khalil Gibran)

“The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. When we make that kind of deep bow to the soul of a suffering person, our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources, the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through.” (Parker Palmer)

“This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” (Mary Oliver)

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” (Carl Jung)

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” (Zen Saying)

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” (Yogi Berra)

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” (Helen Keller)

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” (Albert Einstein)

“The only way out is through.” (Robert Frost)

“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.” (Orville Wright)

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” (e. e. cummings)

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” (Gandhi)

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” (Confucius)

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” (The Wizard of Oz)

“Our one true home is in the present moment.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid.” (Audre Lorde)

“It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” (Ralph Ellison)

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.” (Pema Chodron)

“It’s like you’re surfing… The same wave that can be a source of pain can be a beautiful flowing grace and source of power. It’s all a matter of how you respond to it.” (Trey Anastasio)

“It is only by practicing through a continual succession of agreeable and disagreeable situations that we acquire true strengths. To accept that pain is inherent and to live our lives from this understanding is to create the causes and conditions for happiness.” (Suzuki Roshi)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller)

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” (Sir Francis Bacon)

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” (Mother Teresa)

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” (Frederick Douglass)

“You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, this is something you are free to do and is in accordance with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid.” (Franz Kafka)

“Uncertainty is not a pleasant condition; but certainty is absurd.” (Voltaire)

“When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.” (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

“Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” (James Thurber)

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” (Guillaume Apollinaire)

“The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.” (Thomas Merton)

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you fail by default.” (J.K. Rowling)

“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.” (Unknown)

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” (Lena Horne)

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” (Anonymous)

“Do or do not. There is no try.” (Yoda)

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” (Georgia O’Keeffe)

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

“This is the wisdom of insecurity. Remembering that we are ephemeral beings, every moment comes alive with feeling and existence becomes vivid. Everyone who has suffered, struggled, and lost knows that surrender to insecurity, as opposed to resistance, reveals the way forward. True strength – spiritual strength – always comes from truth and the truth is rooted, always, in the knowledge of impermanence. Insecurity is precisely what wakes us up.” (Mark Matousek)