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Rollo May Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Rollo May Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

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

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

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

Care is a state in which something does matter;
it is the source of human tenderness.
- Rollo May

 

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

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

Depression is the inability to construct a future.
- Rollo May


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Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
- Rollo May

Communication leads to community, that is,
to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
- Rollo May

Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development.
It is our capacity to mold ourselves.
- Rollo May

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by
no means an antagonistic one.
Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
- Rollo May

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

One does not become fully human painlessly.
- Rollo May

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.
- Rollo May

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.
- Rollo May

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood;
it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being,
which is a passion to live beyond one's death.
- Rollo May

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

Marriage resembles a pair of shears,
so joined that they cannot be separated;
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

In the beginning, people think vulnerability will make you weak,
but it does the opposite.
It shows you're strong enough to care.
- Victoria Pratt

And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition,
with the women to the left and the men to the right,
as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.
- Henry Lawson

You can feel whether an audience is tightened up and pulled back.
Of course the opposite is an audience like we've been having in LA,
which is fabulous.
- Chita Rivera

Some artists shrink from self-awareness,
fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and
even their desire to create.
The truth of the matter is quite opposite.
- James Broughton

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
- Paul Tillich

And, of course, they've always condemned dancing.
You know, you might touch a member of the opposite sex.
And you might get excited and you might do something natural.
- Frank McCourt

Those artists who say that somehow therapy or analysis
will thwart their creativity are completely misinformed.
It's absolutely the opposite: it opens closed doors.
- Paul Schrader

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet:
there's always one determined to face in an opposite
direction from the way the arranger desires.
- Marcelene Cox

Well, now we have exactly the same situation as at
the beginning of the race,
only exactly opposite.
- Murray Walker

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation,
namely an imitation of its opposite.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

I can't fly a flag for monogamy or whatever the opposite is;
it depends on the person and on the situation.
- Sting

My observation is that after one hundred and twenty
years of modernisation since the opening of the country,
present-day Japan is split between two opposite poles of ambiguity.
- Kenzaburo Oe

That's why I'm an actress, to do something completely opposite from myself.
- Taryn Manning

To know one thing, you must know the opposite.
- Henry Moore

We were like bishops of opposite color.
- Boris Spassky

While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
- Horace

Everybody is a True Believer.
Everybody has a little nugget they're convinced of
that is the opposite of the nugget on the other side.
And they're convinced it's fact.
- Jane Haddam

Songwriting is the other weight on the opposite side
of the scale from touring.
They balance me out creatively.
- Tommy Shaw

It used to be said that when the U.S.
sneezed, the world caught a cold.
The opposite is equally true today.
- Larry Summers

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind.
- May Sarton

I've made an odd discovery.
Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that
happiness is no longer a possibility.
Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

In horror movies today it's lots of fast cut shot and
lots of loud noises on the soundtrack.
I tried to do the opposite.
Playing with silence for instance.
- Alejandro Amenabar

I wouldn't tell Jill how I felt.
I behaved in such a way that was opposite to how I felt.
I must have seemed strong to her.
I didn't want to bring her down.
- Charles Bronson

If someone gives you so-called good advice,
do the opposite; you can be sure it will be the right
thing nine out of 10 times.
- Anselm Feuerbach

You don't want to shock them and do something totally opposite,
but you also want to play a different character.
- Ray Romano

Agitate!
Agitate!
Ought to be the motto of every reformer.
Agitation is the opposite of stagnation -
the one is life,
the other death.
- Ernestine L. Rose

Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
- Gertrude Stein

We never fully grasp the import of any true statement
until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.
- William James

Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite,
that you often diminish the one as you increase the other.
Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
- William Shenstone

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.
A good writer turns fact into truth;
a bad writer will,
more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
- Edward Albee

Now equilibrium is the very opposite of disorder.
- Rudolf Arnheim

You set up a story and it turns inside out and that is,
for me, the most exciting sort of story to write.
The viewer thinks it's going to be about something
and it does the opposite.
- Nigel Kneale

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program
and we need to cut welfare.
Just the opposite!
We need more welfare and fewer jobs.
- Jerry Brown

The satirical direction I have chosen is an indication
of my disappointment in man,
which is the opposite way of saying that I have high
expectations for the human race.
- Jack Levine


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