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Anxiety is essential to the human condition. The confrontation with anxiety can relieve us from boredom, sharpen the sensitivity and assure the presence of tension that is necessary to preserve human existence.
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
Depression is the inability to construct a future.
- Rollo May | Psychiatry Quotes
I think Dostoevsky was right, that every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, this is me and the damned world can go to hell.
If the will remains in protest, it stays dependent on that which it is protesting against.
- Rollo May | Forgiveness Quotes
The most effective way to ensure the value of the future is to confront the present courageously and constructively.
- Rollo May | The Present Quotes
There is nobody who totally lacks the courage to change.
- Rollo May | Change Quotes
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 | Instincts Quotes
In my clinical experience, the greatest block to a person's development is his having to take on a way of life which is not rooted in his own powers.
- Rollo May | Right Quotes
Courage is the basic virtue for everyone so long as he continues to grow, to move ahead.
- Rollo May | Courage Quotes
The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one's convictions-not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.
- Rollo May | Courage Quotes
To say a person is a coward has no more meaning than to say he is lazy: It simply tells us that some vital potentiality is unrealized or blocked.
- Rollo May | Courage Quotes
Courage isrequired not only in a person's occasional crucial decision for his own freedom, but in the little hour-to-hour decisions which place the bricks in the structure of his building of himself into a person who acts with freedom and responsibility.
- Rollo May | Courage Quotes
Humor is the healthy way of feeling "distance" between one's self and the problem, a way of standing off and looking at one's problems with perspective.
- Rollo May | Events Quotes
Tenderness emerges from the fact that the two persons, longing, as all individuals do, to overcome the separateness and isolation to which we are all heir because we are individuals, can participate in a relationship that, for the moment, is not of two isolated selves but a union.
- Rollo May | Companionship Quotes
Humor is the healthy way of feeling "distance" between one's self and the problem, a way of standing off and looking at one's problems with perspective.
- Rollo May | Lighten up Quotes


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