Theodore Isaac Rubin Quotes

Best 29 Quotes by Theodore Isaac Rubin

“All of us are crazy in one or another way.”

“Children are extremely perceptive and absorb what goes on around them long before they can talk or even comprehend language. They are like finely tuned receivers that pick up much more than is merely said. They are receptive and attuned to every mood, feeling, and change that goes on in people around them.”

“Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.”

“Feeling angry is a universal human phenomenon. It is as basic as feeling hungry, lonely, loving, or tired. The capacity to feel angry and to respond in some way to that feeling is in us from birth.”

“Few people can fail to generate a self-healing process, when they become genuinely involved in healing others.”

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.”

“Have you considered that if you don't make waves, nobody including yourself will know that you are alive?”

“Health is relative. There is no such thing as an absolute state of health or sickness. Everyone's physical, mental, and emotional condition is a combination of both.”

“I aid nobody who detracts from my dignity, who makes me feel less than human either through subhuman onslaughts or superhuman demands.”

“I fight or avoid people whose effect is ultimately destructive to my validity as a person, or who in any way dilute my ability to take myself seriously.”

“I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of my human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.”

“I never, absolutely never, side with anyone who is against my welfare.”

“In a state of grace with myself, I do not abandon myself when the going gets tough or should others find me antithetical in any way in their frames of reference.”

“Invest in the process rather than the product. Process living neutralizes the depleting and impoverishing effects of chronically living in anticipation.”

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“An evolutionary perspective predicts that most diets and fitness programs will fail, as they do, because we still don’t know how to counter once-adaptive primal instincts to eat donuts and take the elevator.”

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“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

“Loyalty means care and kindness at all times, and particularly when they are needed to reduce the pain of difficult times.”

“Sometimes the routes leading to feelings of anger are so convoluted and circuitous that it takes enormous skill to discern their original source, or fountainhead. But regardless of the reason for or the source of the anger or the relative ease or complexity in perceiving either the anger or its source – everybody, but everybody, gets angry.”

“Television deprives children of their imaginations.”

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

“The most prevalent and destructive fear is not of sickness or death itself. It is the fear of being human. All of our neurotic symptoms are retaliation against ourselves for daring to be human, this is less than godlike martyrs or masters. This is what psychotherapy is all about: getting over the fear of being human.”

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”

“The process of writing a book is infinitely more important than the book that is completed as a result of the writing, let alone the success or failure that book may have after it is written.”

“The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.”

“There are a great many people in our society who are happy, but since they don’t know they’re happy, they’re not happy.”

“To the extent that we honor all aspects of ourselves, we remove revulsion, self-hate, horror, and terror from our lives. As whole human beings we are the creatures of the greatest complexity on this planet.”

“Treat yourself at least as well as you treat other people.”

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