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“Love,” says Dr. Fromm, “is the only satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”

Yet most of us are unable to develop our capacities for love on the only level that really counts—a love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge and courage.

Learning to love, like other arts, demands practice and concentration. Even more than any other art it demands genuine insight and understanding.

~ Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving (1956)

Moral courage is, of course, a prime qualification, but there are often misapprehensions as to when it is shown. The thing that takes courage is to make a decision or take a position which may react seriously in some way upon the one who makes or takes it. It requires no courage to incur disapproval, unless those who disapprove have the desire and power to cause such a result. I can well remember the time when it was a dangerous thing to incur the displeasure of the bankers, but there has been no danger in this since 1932. It became a greater danger to incur the displeasure of farm or labor organizations. There is nothing more important than to curb abuse of power, wherever it may reside; and power is always subject to abuse. . . .

~ James F. Bender, The Technique of Executive Leadership (1950)

The majority of people permit relatives, friends, and the public at large to so influence them that they cannot live their own lives, because they fear criticism.

~ Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich (1937)

We Humans Are Used To Enduring Unhappiness. 

The patient doesn’t come to the doctor about his unhappiness, which is actually the cause of his sickness. He makes no mention of his unhappiness until the doctor gains his confidence, and then he removes the front he is hiding behind.

The patient, even as you and I, has been toughened in a hard world. His is the attitude many people have always had: “Phooey! Happiness? This is a lovely word. But it’s too bad! There isn’t any! No one has ever really believed happiness exists, or ever will exist.”

He accepts his unhappiness as an unfortunate, but normal, routine condition of life on earth.

~ John A. Schindler, M.D., How To Live 365 Days A Year (1970)

What you accomplish in this world depends upon several things. One is the nature of the abilities with which you are born. A second is whether or not you use these abilities in the most afficient way. A third factor is the conditions under which you use your abilities.

You cannot be told by psychology how to be born with certain abilities. This chapter will be devoted to finding out what surroundings, conditions of light, temperature, ventilation, and health will do most to further your efficiency.

~ Dr. Donald Laird, Increasing Personal Efficiency (1936)

Accepting reality is the first step toward self-realization. Most of us look at ourselves “as we would like to be” instead of how we actually are. Getting to know the real self is interesting, even fascinating. Getting to know others is even more so.

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success (1969)

The living water means inspiration. The word inspiration comes from the Latin “Spiro,” meaning I breathe into. We breathe air without effort, likewise we must let the Divine Light or creative essence of God flow through our intellect without tension. The subjective mind in us perceives by intuition. It does not have to reason or inquire as it is all-wise, infinite intelligence. If you say to your subconscious, sometimes referred to as the subjective mind (being subject to the conscious mind), “Wake me up at seven o’clock,” you know that you awaken exactly at the time specified. It never fails.

We must realize that herein lies a source of power which is omnipotent. Many good people have erroneous ideas about being inspired. They believe that it is an extraordinary event to be experienced by mystics or highly spiritual people, and they think it applies to prayer and the Bible only. This is not true.

~ Joseph Murphy, The Miracle Power of Your Mind (1953)

As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

That circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of time practiced self-control and self-purification, for he will have noticed that the alteration in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition. So true is this that when a man earnestly applies himself to remedy the defects in his character, and makes swift and marked progress, he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudes.

~ James Allen – As A Man Thinketh (1903)

So comparing yourself to all the “should” and all the “musts” and all the “bests,” you come out as a pretty sorry specimen. And you feel inferior.

People with inferiority complexes then make a second horrible mistake: they try to “catch up. “ They try to do too much, too soon, too hard, too fast, They try to be the absolute best in some area or in all areas, constantly trying for perfection. They refuse to accept anything but the perfect self, and are on such a narrow road that they have no room for mistakes are naturally made they are magnified out of proportion.

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success (1969)

Be sure that you think on whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. PHIL 4:8.

~ Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind(1963)