1. “I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.”
  2. “To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness.”
  3. “…nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.”
  4. “The only difference between the wise man and the fool is that the wise man knows he is playing.”
  5. “Nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.”
  6. “You cannot achieve happiness. Happiness happens and is a transitory stage. Imagine how happy I felt when I got relief from bladder pressure. How long did that happiness last?”
  7. “Lose your mind and come to your senses.”
  8. “I have one aim only: to impart a fraction of the meaning of the word now.”
  9. “A thousand plastic flowers don’t make a desert bloom. A thousand empty faces don’t fill an empty room.”
  10. “I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.”
  11. “Learning is the discovery that something is possible.”
  12. Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.”
  13. “To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own.”
  14. “The person most in control is the person who can give up control.”
  15. “You cannot achieve happiness. Happiness happens and is a transitory stage. Imagine how happy I felt when I got relief from bladder pressure. How long did that happiness last?”
  16. “Anxiety is excitement without breathing.”
  17. “If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.”
  18. “I wonder why people use only walls for hanging pictures.”
  19. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
  20. “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.”
  21. “It feels much nobler to feel guilty than resentful, and it takes more courage to express resentment than guilt. With expressing guilt you expect to pacify your opponent; with expressing resentment you might stir up hostility in him.”
  22. “Lose your mind and come to your senses.”
  23. “Pain is meant to wake us up… Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it.”
  24. “Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself, because then the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.”
  25. “The only difference between the wise man and the fool is that the wise man knows he is playing.”