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"True understanding is the spur of genius'

Ursula LeGuin

"In homes which cradle imminence there are strong tendencies
to build directly on personal strengths, talents, and aims
rather than to assume that there is a large specific body of knowledge
that everyone should experience."

Victor Goertzel

"Every student deserves to be treated as a potential genius."

Anton Ehrenzweig

"I was a child that both my parents wanted.
I was told from the time I was born that I was totally satisfactory.
I had a chance to be what I wanted to be."

Margaret Mead

"Your capacity to love
is your capacity to experience the I of another."

Walter Starcke

"To recognize anothers inwardness
is to have seen the sacred."

Peter Koestenbaum

"We can help a person to be himself by our own willingness to steep ourselves temporarily in his world, in his private feelings and experiences. By our affirmation of the person as he is, we give him support and strength to take the next step in his own growth."

Clark Moustakas

"We encourage people to believe
that there is only one identity, one role,
one way for them to be,
one value for them to fulfill,
rather than a host of possible 'incarnations'
to be lived in a lifetime."

Sidney M. Jourard

"Allow humans to be themselves
and celebrate that selfness.

Love the metaphoric mind
and respect the rational.

Nurture Motivation.

Consider any attempt
at communication appropriate.

Celebrate the whole person."

Bob Samples

"I suspect that every writer is secretly writing for someone."

Brewster Ghiselin

"My mother was very sympathetic.

She was the one
who really gave me the courage
to take my freedom."

Louise Nevelson

"If a man is to shed the light of the sun
upon other men,
he must first of all have it within himself."

Romain Rolland

"A sound philosophy of life, I think, may be the most
valuable asset for a psychiatrist to have
when he is treating a patient."

Victor Frankl

"What I do requires fantastic concentration...
but you can't be totally alone,
or you lose all contact with reality,
so even when I'm engrossed and secluded,
Jack Dunphy can be there.
He's my oldest and best friend, and best critic too."

Truman Capote

"Tell the child,
"Look, I love you, I believe in you.
I know you are going through a lot of upset
and you need to tell me to go to hell
with every other breath these days,
which I'm quite willing to accept;

the only thing that counts
is that in the long run,
you find out who you are and you live it."

This is hard for parents to say genuinely.

Rollo May

I was sustained by one piece of inestimable good fortune. I had for a friend
a man of immense and patient wisdom and a gentle but unyielding fortitude.

I think that if I was not destroyed at this time by the sense of hopelessness which these gigantic labors
has awakened in me, it was largely because
of the courage and patience of this man.

I did not give in because he would not let me give in."

Thomas Wolfe

"I had always said to myself that forty was the cut off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people,
sound like a very long one, but the novel as art is a middle-aged art.

I was very frightened when I turned forty. I suddenly thought
I ought to wake up and be speaking with the voice of God.

I said that to my mother and she said,

"you've been speaking with the voice of God since you could talk!
Don't worry about it!"

Jane Rule

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