44 Total Quotes

Albert Ellis Quotes

Albert Ellis
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist #Blame

Albert Ellis
The art of love... is largely the art of persistence.
Albert Ellis
#Art

Albert Ellis
I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I just got fed up. I was ready to blow up. This country is about enforcing our laws and if we don't, we'll have chaos worse than we already do.
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#Country

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He appeared to me the bravest man it fell to my unhappy lot to execute.
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#Man

Albert Ellis
He would have been a security problem for any jail he would have been at. The judge was cognizant of that.
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#Security

Albert Ellis
Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human.
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#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I had a great many sex and love cases where people were absolutely devastated when somebody with whom they were compulsively in love didn't love them back. They were killing themselves with anxiety and depression.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I hope to die in the saddle seat.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I just had a client this week who came to me after 10 years of Freudian therapy. He's in love with his analyst, and she is sort of in love with him.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I regret that I've been so busy with clinical work that I haven't been able to spend much time on experiments and outcome studies.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
I'm very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it-going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
In the old days we used to get more referrals, because people had insurance that paid for therapy. Now they belong to HMOs, and we can only be affiliated with a few HMOs.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings. They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously been an analyst and they were very angry at my flying the coop.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist

Albert Ellis
Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years.
Albert Ellis
#American Psychologist