Rollo May

(Rollo Reese May)

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  • Born: April 21, 1909
  • Died: October 22, 1994
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Psychologist, Author









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Courage is the capacity to meet the anxiety which arises as one achieves freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Dogmatists of all kinds-scientific, economic, moral, as well as political-are threatened by the creative freedom of the artist. This is necessarily and inevitably so. We cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative persons of all sorts, are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systems. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Note the startling regularity through history with which society martyrs the rebel in one generation and worships him in the next. History
Now it is no longer a matter of deciding what to do, but of deciding how to decide. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. Society ;Human Nature
Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness. Relationships
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Communication & Communications
Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
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. Death
Depression is the inability to construct a future. Future
Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves. Freedom & Liberty
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Human freedom involves our capacity to pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. Freedom & Liberty
If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.
It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.
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. Freedom & Liberty
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. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about. Life
One does not become fully human painlessly.
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.

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