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Creation
Engrave this Quote People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.
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Discovery
Engrave this Quote Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.
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Doubt
Engrave this Quote Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
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Duty
Engrave this Quote It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
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Education
Engrave this Quote Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.
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Excuses
Engrave this Quote Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
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Forgiveness
Engrave this Quote The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the na?ve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
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Help
Engrave this Quote The proverb warns; Don't bite the hand that feeds you. But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
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Hospitals
Engrave this Quote We achieve active mastery over illness and death by delegating all responsibility for their management to physicians, and by exiling the sick and the dying to hospitals. But hospitals serve the convenience of staff not patients: we cannot be properly ill in a hospital, nor die in one decently; we can do so only among those who love and value us. The result is the institutionalized dehumanization of the ill, characteristic of our age.
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Knowledge
Engrave this Quote Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love.
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Love
Engrave this Quote We often speak of love when we really should be speaking of the drive to dominate or to master, so as to confirm ourselves as active agents, in control of our own destinies and worthy of respect from others.
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Madness
Engrave this Quote If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; if God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic.
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Engrave this Quote In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients.
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Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.
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Maturity
Engrave this Quote Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.
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Engrave this Quote A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
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Men & Women
Engrave this Quote The many faces of intimacy: the Victorians could experience it through correspondence, but not through cohabitation; contemporary men and women can experience it through fornication, but not through friendship.
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Mental Illness
Engrave this Quote No further evidence is needed to show that mental illness is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.
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Organization
Engrave this Quote The system isn't stupid, but the people in it are.
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Parenting
Engrave this Quote Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
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People
Engrave this Quote Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.
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Perception
Engrave this Quote In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.
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Psychiatry
Engrave this Quote Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.
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Engrave this Quote Involuntary mental hospitalization is like slavery. Refining the standards for commitment is like prettifying the slave plantations. The problem is not how to improve commitment, but how to abolish it.
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