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Rollo May
April 21, 1909 - October 22, 1994
Nationality: American
Category: Psychologist
Subcategory: American Psychologist

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

    Topics: Courage

One does not become fully human painlessly.


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.


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


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


Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.


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.


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.


If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.


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


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


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.


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

    Topics: Courage

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


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


Depression is the inability to construct a future.


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