Carl R. Rogers Quotes

Who is Carl R. Rogers?

Carl Ransom Rogers is referred to as the most influential psychologist to ever walk the face of the Earth. The field of expertise of Carl Rogers ranged from personal development to humanistic psychology.

Rogers is also the scientist with the coolest middle name, after Richard Buckminster Fuller of course.

Born January 08, 1902
Died February 04, 1987

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Best 80 Quotes by Carl R. Rogers | Page 1 of 3

“A person cannot teach another person directly; a person can only facilitate another's learning.”

Carl R. Rogers

“Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?”

Carl R. Rogers

“As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.”

Carl R. Rogers

“Being empathetic is seeing the world through the eyes of the other, not seeing your world reflected in their eyes.”

Carl R. Rogers

“Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life.”

Carl R. Rogers

“I don't believe that anyone has ever taught anything to anyone. I question that efficacy of teaching. The only thing that I know is that anyone who wants to learn will learn. And maybe a teacher is a facilitator, a person who puts things down and shows people how exciting and wonderful it is and asks them to eat.”

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“I feel happier just for being myself and letting others be themselves.”

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“I realize that, if I were stable, prudent, and static, I would live in death. Therefore, I accept confusion, uncertainty, fear, and emotional ups and downs. Because that is the price I am willing to pay for a fluid, perplexing, and exciting life.”

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“I'm not perfect... But I'm enough.”

Carl R. Rogers

“If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.”

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“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”

Carl R. Rogers

“It’s not about getting the feeling out of the mind, or hiding it, but about experiencing it with acceptance.”

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“Loneliness is a barrier that prevents one from uniting with the inner self.”

Carl R. Rogers

“Man's inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.”

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“Neither The Bible, nor the prophets, nor the revelations of God or of men… Nothing has priority over direct experience.”

Carl R. Rogers

“People only seriously consider change when they feel accepted for exactly who they are.”

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“Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.”

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“Powerful is our need to be known, really known by ourselves and others, even if only for a moment.”

Carl R. Rogers

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”

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“The man who is educated is the one who learns to learn.”

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“The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.”

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“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”

Carl R. Rogers

“There is another peculiar satisfaction in really hearing someone: It is like listening to the music of the spheres, because beyond the immediate message of the person, no matter what that might be, there is the universal. Hidden in all of the personal communications which I really hear, there seem to be orderly psychological laws, aspects of the same order we find in the universe as a whole. So there is both the satisfaction of hearing this person and also the satisfaction of feeling one's self in touch with what is universally true.”

Carl R. Rogers

“There is direction but there is no destination.”

Carl R. Rogers

“There is no beast in man; there is only man in man.”

Carl R. Rogers

“True empathy is always free of any evaluative or diagnostic quality. This comes across to the recipient with some surprise. "If I am not being judged, perhaps I am not so evil or abnormal as I have thought.”

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“We in the West seem to have made a fetish out of complete individual self-sufficiency, of not needing help, of being completely private except in a very few selected relationships.”

Carl R. Rogers

“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”

Carl R. Rogers

“What you are to be, you are now becoming.”

Carl R. Rogers

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“When a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me.”

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“When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.”

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