Thought Provoking Quotations

I thought it would be interesting to try to start a few user friendly threads and hope everyone will contribute.

Do you have a favorite quote from either a professional source or from literature with a organisational and/or psychodynamic bearing?

I started collecting quotes when I was a teenager and have always been amazed about the pearls of wisdom that emerge from the most unlikely sources.

To start the process off here is one that had a big impact on me many years ago…

“Beware the truth. Although much sought after truth can be dangerous to the seeker. Myths and reassuring lies are much easier to find and believe. If you find a truth, even a temporary one, it can demand that you make painful changes”.

(Frank Herbert – God Emperor of Dune Page 69  – 1981)


Please add your own quotes…


9 thoughts on “Thought Provoking Quotations

  1. Good idea Phil – I’m overdoing it here! But here are 4 quotes on the theme of subject of success – the first by Bob Dylan the next 2 by Winston Churchill

    What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

    Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm

    Success is not final…Failure is not fatal…it’s the courage to continue that counts

  2. Phil – I still treasure my book of quotations I received when leaving Team A – I will leave out my additions here!

    Patrick – delighted to see Bob Dylan make it onto this blogsite!

    My favourite comes from Umberto Eco – “Be much, but seem little”

  3. This thread is a really good idea- I really like what people have shared so far.

    I have so many quotations that I have found inspirational and though- provoking… a couple that spring to mind for me right now are these two:

    “Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening.” Allen Ginsberg


    “It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart.”
    Denise Levertov

    • Oh wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
      To see oursel’s as others see us!
      It wad frae monie a blunder free us
      An’ foolish notion… (Burns 1786).

      Hi all not sure if this is the right way to do it. Blogging is a new thing for me. Joan Herrmann

  4. To pick only a couple of my favourite quotations is almost impossible, but here are a few:

    ‘It is not a departure from neutrality to call a spade a spade’ Roy Schafer

    ‘Learn to be who you are and resign with good grace who you are not’ Zola

    ‘Stay with the person’s experience and don’t get seduced by some of the fancy concepts you’ve heard about’ Semrad

    Now to live by them…

    • Sorry I haven’t commented on these quotations until now. The best ones for me are short and to the point which these are. Helpfully they all point in the direction stated in the last one – staying rooted in what emerges from one’s experience of the real world.

  5. I’ve enjoyed the quotes so i thought i’d add a couple more

    It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that? – Christopher Gardner

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most
    intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin


    Therapy is like a loaf of bread; nobody likes the bits at either end, because the beginning and the end is hard. But if we didn’t have the end bits we wouldn’t have the bit in the middle either, and that was good. [Male aged 14; 30 months in therapy]

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