Albert Ellis Quotes

Who is Albert Ellis?

Albert Ellis was an American psychologist who developed the concept of 'Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy'.

Ellis is considered the second most influential psychotherapist in history after Carl Rogers and before Sigmund Freud, but then again, who isn't?

Albert Ellis was a big fan of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.

Born September 27, 1913
Died July 24, 2007

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Best 94 Quotes by Albert Ellis | Page 1 of 4

“Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human.”

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“As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing.”

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“Be yourself for a while, even if it hurts.”

Albert Ellis

“Being assertive does not mean attacking or ignoring others feelings. It means that you are willing to hold up for yourself fairly-without attacking others.”

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“By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed with them because, again, I don't care too much what other people think.”

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“Convince yourself that worrying about many situations will make them worse rather than improve them.”

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“Eating is always a decision, nobody forces your hand to pick up food and put it into your mouth.”

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“Even injustice has it's good points. It gives me the challenge of being as happy as I can in an unfair world.”

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“Even when people act nastily to you, don't condemn them or retaliate.”

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“Failure doesn't have anything to do with your intrinsic value as a person.”

Albert Ellis

“For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.”

Albert Ellis

“Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.”

Albert Ellis

“I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.”

Albert Ellis

“If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic.”

Albert Ellis

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“If the Martians ever find out how human beings think, they'll kill themselves laughing.”

Albert Ellis

“In fact most of what we call anxiety is overconcern about what someone thinks of you.”

Albert Ellis

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“It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”


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“Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.”

Albert Ellis

“Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years.”

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“Most things worth having require some sacrifice, usually more than you expect.”

Albert Ellis

“Neurosis is just a high-class word for whining.”

Albert Ellis

“People don't just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness.”

Albert Ellis

“People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.”

Albert Ellis

“Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.”

Albert Ellis

“Reality is not so much what happens to us; rather, it is how we think about those events that create the reality we experience. In a very real sense, this means that we each create the reality in which we live.”

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“Religious creeds encourage some of the craziest kinds of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and favor severe manifestations of neurosis, borderline personality states, and sometimes even psychosis.”

Albert Ellis

“Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it's conditional.”

Albert Ellis

“Spirit and soul is horseshit of the worst sort. Obviously there are no fairies, no Santa Clauses, no spirits. What there is, is human goals and purposes as noted by sane existentialists. But a lot of transcendentalists are utter screwballs.”

Albert Ellis

“Stop 'shoulding' on yourself.”

Albert Ellis

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“Strong feelings are fine; it's the overreactions that mess us up.”

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“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”

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“If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent. When you’re incompetent, the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is.”


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