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Alfred Adler Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alfred Adler.

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

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Trust only movement.
Life happens at the level of events, not of words.
Trust movement.
- Alfred Adler

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
- Alfred Adler

It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler

 

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.
- Alfred Adler

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
- Alfred Adler

War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
- Alfred Adler

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Man knows much more than he understands.
- Alfred Adler

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.
- Alfred Adler

Our modern states are preparing for war without even
knowing the future enemy.
- Alfred Adler

The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.
- Alfred Adler

There is no such thing as talent.
There is pressure.
- Alfred Adler

We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.
- Alfred Adler

Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
- Alfred Adler

My difficulties belong to me!
- Alfred Adler

The science of the mind can only have for its proper
goal the understanding of human nature by every human being,
and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.
- Alfred Adler

There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself.
In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind
as breathing or the upright gait;
but if he does not learn it he must perish.
- Alfred Adler

War is not the continuation of politics with different means,
it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
- Alfred Adler

The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil,
and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring
his pupil to experience this power.
- Alfred Adler

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology,
which has all the inevitability of fate,
so long as he does not understand it.
- Alfred Adler

The test of one's behavior pattern is their relationship to society,
relationship to work and relationship to sex.
- Alfred Adler

A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to
get along with is to remember that this person is striving
to assert his superiority;
and you must deal with him from that point of view.
- Alfred Adler

To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority
which constantly presses towards its own conquest.
The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced,
the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the
more violent the emotional agitation.
- Alfred Adler

Meanings are not determined by situations,
but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.
- Alfred Adler

Every therapeutic cure, and still more,
any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth,
tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility
and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.
- Alfred Adler

Death is really a great blessing for humanity,
without it there could be no real progress.
People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young,
but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.
- Alfred Adler

God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars,
who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself,
who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul,
is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection.
- Alfred Adler

In the investigation of a neurotic style of life,
we must always suspect an opponent, and note who suffers
most because of the patient's condition.
Usually this is a member of the family.
- Alfred Adler

We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal.
We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.
- Alfred Adler

No experience is a cause of success or failure.
We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences,
so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
- Alfred Adler

The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced,
the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more
violent the emotional agitation.
- Alfred Adler

To all those who walk the path of human cooperation
war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
- Alfred Adler

It is one of the most effective attitudes of the neurotic to measure thumbs down,
so to speak, a real person by an ideal,
since in doing so he can depreciate him as much as he wishes.
- Alfred Adler

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression.
It is possible to lie, and even to murder,
with the truth.
- Alfred Adler

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Be the chief but never the lord.
- Lao Tzu

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us
to be what we know we could be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man does not weave this web of life.
He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

There is no death, only a change of worlds.
- Chief Seattle

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
- Chief Seattle

A chief event of life is the day in which
we have encountered a mind that startled us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profit is a by-product of work;
happiness is its chief product.
- Henry Ford

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.
- Groucho Marx

I think "Hail to the Chief" has a nice ring to it.
- John F. Kennedy

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth,
I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
- Khalil Gibran

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate,
exercises a public trust.
- Grover Cleveland

Concern for man and his fate must always form
the chief interest of all technical endeavors.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
- Albert Einstein

Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.
- Hugh Blair

The home is the chief school of human virtues.
- William Ellery Channing

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house,
I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming,
the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
- Gaston Bachelard

Law of Contrariness:
Our chief want in life is somebody
who shall make us do what we can.
Having found them, we shall then hate them for it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't blame the marketing department.
The buck stops with the chief executive.
- John D. Rockefeller

One's ignorance is one's chief asset.
- Wallace Stevens

The three chief virtues of a programmer are:
Laziness,
Impatience and Hubris.
- Larry Wall

Decisions!
And a general, a commander in chief who has not got the quality of decision,
then he is no good.
- Bernard Law Montgomery

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form,
energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art,
biological reproduction into social creativity.
- Lewis Mumford

The chief cause of problems is solutions.
- Eric Sevareid

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve
success or financial independence after the chief reason
for which we sought it has passed away.
- Ellen Glasgow

President Obama has embraced a partisan,
polarizing strategy since day one when he chose hyper-partisan
Rahm Emanuel to be his White House Chief of Staff.
- Rory Cooper

I accept that responsibility and ask only that I be
judged by my performance as its chief executive.
- Jane Byrne

Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never
have thought that they might grow up and become chief.
- Wilma Mankiller

Life is very good.
I'm the president and Chief Executive Officer of the
Wireless trade association,
the CTIA.
- Steve Largent

In action a great heart is the chief qualification.
In work, a great head.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic
which distinguishes human beings from beasts.
- Heywood Broun

To get away from one's working environment is,
in a sense, to get away from one's self;
and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The chief incalculable in war is the human will.
- B. H. Liddell Hart


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