32 Total Quotes

Rollo May Quotes

Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
Rollo May
#American Psychologist #Absence

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.
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#Creativity

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

Depression is the inability to construct a future
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#Depression

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
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#American Psychologist

Imagination is the outreaching of mind . . . . the bombardment of the conscious mind with ideas, impulses, images and every sort of psychic phenomena welling up from the preconscious. It is the capacity to "dream dreams and see visions . . . ."
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#Ideas

One does not become fully human painlessly.
Rollo May
#American Psychologist

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

The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.
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#Courage #Commitment

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.
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#American Psychologist #Emotions

It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way
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#Habit

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one's inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle.
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#American Psychologist #Courage

Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.
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#American Psychologist #Caring

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

Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.
Rollo May
#American Psychologist #Caring

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
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#American Psychologist #Apathy

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.
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#Commitment

Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.
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#Courage

Depression is the inability to construct a future.
Rollo May
#American Psychologist

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
#American Psychologist

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
Rollo May
#American Psychologist