These are the thoughts of others, far more eloquent than I, that have inspired me.

 On Emotional Issues:

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”

David Richo

“Mental illness is one of the ways we make meaning, not one of the ways we fail to”

Adam Phillips, 2010

“Symptoms are overdetermined.”

Sigmund Freud

“Madness is the need to be believed.”

Adam Phillips, 2010

“Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in the back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

“Blink just once and see everything in ruins”

Nightwish Bye Bye Beautiful

“I weep to have what I fear to lose.”

Nightwish Gethsemane

“If you cry for a nickel, you’ll die for a dime.”

Robert Johnson

On Character:

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.”

Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

James A. Froude, English historian

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men” (and women [me]).


On Growth, Healing, and Change:

“It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering.”

Amy Greene, Bloodroot

“Things do not change; we change.”


“They always say time changes things, but actually, we have to change them ourselves.”

Andy Warhol

“So often times it happens, that we live our lives in chains,

And we never even know we have the key.”

The Eagles. “Already Gone”

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”

Henry David Thoreau

“It is not within the capacity of psycho-analysis entirely to spare the patient pain; indeed, one of the chief gains from psycho-analysis is the capacity to bear pain.”

Sandor Ferenczi, 1928


On Courage:

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

Mark Twain

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Anais Nin

“I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.”

Mae West

“Given a choice between two evils, I’ll take the one I haven’t tried yet.”

Mae West

On Getting Help:

“All the pieces were there from the beginning, but no one knew how to put them together.”

Paul Auster, Moon Palace

“All real living is meeting”

Martin Buber, I and Thou

“Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other.”

Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”

C.S. Lewis

“There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”


“Solitude is the mother of anxiety.”

Ernest Wolf

On Hope:

“Repetition is not inevitable. It dominates only when dread is pervasive. When hope reigns, new responses become possible.”

Diana Fosha, The Transforming Power of Affect

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work yet.”

Thomas A. Edison

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

Robert H. Goddard

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein, Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

“Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.”

Oliver Goldsmith


On Freedom:

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed, it must be achieved.”

Franklin Roosevelt, 1936

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last!”

Dr. Martin Luther King

On Life in General:

“Life is complex. If life were simple, word would have gotten around.”

Jacques Derrida

“If you’re reading this…Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”

Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Anaïs Nin

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

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