Rollo May Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rollo may quotes, rollo may sayings, and rollo may proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Depression is the inability to construct a future.     

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In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.     

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Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing     

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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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Vanity and narcissism the compulsive need to be admired and praised undermine one's courage, for one then fights on someone else's conviction rather than one's own.     

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Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.     

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Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness     

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Depression is the inability to construct     

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Vanity and narcissism the compulsive need to be admired and praised undermine one's courage, for one then fights on someone else's conviction rather than one's own.     

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Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.     

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Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice.     

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The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free.     

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One has to remain detached in order to triumph over others.     

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It is dangerous to know, but it is more dangerous not to know.     

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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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We must be fully committed, but we must also be aware at the same time that we might possibly be wrong. People who claim to be absolutely convinced that their stand is the only right one... is a dead giveaway of unconscious doubt. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt.     

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The insight is born with anxiety, guilt and the joy and gratification that is inseparable from the actualizing of a new idea or vision.     

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A myth is a way of making sense in a senseless world. Myths are narrative patterns that give significance to our existence.     

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The most effective way to ensure the value of the future is to confront the present courageously and constructively.     

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Ecstasy is the accurate term for the intensity of consciousness that occurs in the creative act.     

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Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.     

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It is amazing how many hints and guides and intuitions for living come to the sensitive person who has ears to hear what his body is saying.     

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There is no meaningful yes unless the individual could also have said no.     

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The essence of being human is that, in the brief moment we exist on this spinning planet, we can love some persons and some things, in spite of the fact that time and death will ultimately claim us all.     

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The essence of being human is that, in the brief moment we exist on this spinning planet, we can love some persons and some things, in spite of the fact that time and death will ultimately claim us all.     

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Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable.     

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

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

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