I recently joined “The Psychology Network” on LinkedIn and have been enjoying the discussion among mental health professionals (since I’m not really one, but pretend to be all the time).
Especially intriguing was the discussion thread called “What are some of your favorite quotes that have motivated and inspired you?” They are quotes that they share with patients or with each other, or that they just think are cool and sound good. Here are just 15 from the 70 or so responses:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” –Hilary Cooper
“If you can keep your wits about you while others are losing theirs and blaming you, the world will be yours.” –Rudyard Kipling
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” –Attributed to Confucius
More quotes follow…
If there is one lesson that I have learned during my life as an analyst, it is the lesson that what my patients tell me is likely to be true – that many times when I believed that I was right and my patients were wrong, it turned out, though often only after a prolonged search, that my rightness was superficial, whereas their rightness was profound. –Heinz Kohut
“Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a 100 times.” –Mark Twain
“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” –Albert Einstein
“People that judge don’t matter. People that matter don’t judge.” –Author Unknown
“The only time a man should be looking down at another man is if the other man is on the ground and the man looking down at him and extending his hand to him so that he can help him up.” –Author Unknown
“Creativity exists in the spaces between ideas”. –David Wescott
“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” –Carrie Fisher
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW — What a ride!” – Anonymous
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. –Marianne Williamson
“I have not failed 10,000 times. I found 10,000 ways that won’t work”–Thomas Edison.
“The beauty of balance is that I can do it all and not feel bad about my choices, because every moment is an opportunity to start all over again” –Jorge Perez
“Life is a kaleidoscope. Turn your head a different angle and see it a whole new way.” –Anonymous
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Borchard, T. (2011). 15 Quotes that Motivate and Inspire. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/03/04/15-quotes-that-motivate-and-inspire/