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Martha Beck Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Martha Beck.

Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone
and into your appreciation zone.
- Martha Beck

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People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
- Martha Beck

Adults under threat feel like children.
- Martha Beck

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely
ones in virtually every social situation,
from dating to trial by jury.
- Martha Beck

 

We virtually never feel our age, but thinking that
we should can lead to disaster.
- Martha Beck

The average adult laughs 15 times a day;
the average child,
more than 400 times.
- Martha Beck

Do whatever it takes to convey your essential self.
- Martha Beck

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Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.
- Martha Beck

Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind.
- Martha Beck

When you meet people, show real appreciation,
then genuine curiosity.
- Martha Beck

Children who assume adult responsibilities feel old when they're young.
- Martha Beck

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.
- Martha Beck

If you're religious, it gives you a perspective.
- Martha Beck

I always felt that it was my job to try to help other
people get it and deal with it.
- Martha Beck

Every day brings new choices.
- Martha Beck

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf,
or give us self-esteem.
No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows,
and when death comes, we meet it alone.
- Martha Beck

I don't believe that there are no spiritual beings around us.
I don't know what to call them, I don't know how they work.
But I know they're there.
- Martha Beck

The position that I take partly as a result of living
in Asia is where you stop living according to your
expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.
- Martha Beck

Basic human contact - the meeting of eyes,
the exchanging of words - is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain.
If you're feeling abandoned by the world,
interact with anyone you can.
- Martha Beck

As much horror as we have always created,
we are a species that keeps moving forward,
seeing new sights in new ways, and enjoying the journey.
- Martha Beck

Most of my clients don't realize that the way they
look and the way they think about their looks are two separate issues.
- Martha Beck

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder,
the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.
- Martha Beck

Polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our
physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing,
discussing and solving our real problems.
- Martha Beck

At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely.
At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases.
Try admitting these things in our culture.
- Martha Beck

My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid.
I've developed the habit of mentally listing things
that make me optimistic about the future.
I do it every day.
- Martha Beck

I majored in Chinese.
I was never really good at Chinese but I really,
really benefited from having been exposed to Asian
philosophy early in my life.
- Martha Beck

I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows,
infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.
- Martha Beck

Allowing children to show their guilt,
show their grief, show their anger, takes the sting out of the situation.
- Martha Beck

If you want to end your isolation, you must be honest
about what you want at a core level and decide to go after it.
- Martha Beck

Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood,
and you'll discover the creativity that connects you with others.
- Martha Beck

No matter how difficult and painful it may be,
nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.
- Martha Beck

Seek art from every time and place, in any form,
to connect with those who really move you.
- Martha Beck

Given the eclectic and constantly shifting nature of
my metaphysical inclinations,
I will probably never feel certain exactly what an angel is.
- Martha Beck

Caring for your inner child has a powerful and surprisingly quick result:
Do it and the child heals.
- Martha Beck

Standards of beauty are arbitrary.
Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques
don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.
- Martha Beck

If you're living completely on your own,
break out of solitary confinement.
Seek to understand others, and help them understand you.
- Martha Beck

In one century, we've added 28 years to our average life span -
a change so rapid that our brains couldn't possibly
have evolved to accommodate it.
- Martha Beck

I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity
to make your life extraordinary in some way.
- Martha Beck

Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong.
Love is the only thing that lets us see each other
with the remotest accuracy.
- Martha Beck

Only since the Industrial Revolution have most people
worked in places away from their homes or been left
to raise small children without the help of multiple adults,
making for an unsupported life.
- Martha Beck

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances,
including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee,
in which case we feel 107.
- Martha Beck

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful,
kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We all had lots of stories of our sad experiences -
they mourned the death of my wife with me -
but we were hopeful that the children would return.
- Otto Frank

I have seen what a laugh can do.
It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable,
even hopeful.
- Bob Hope

Thus, only in a hopeful and confident temper,
in a proud and constructive spirit, will we rescue
the present and safeguard the future of our beloved country.
- Bainbridge Colby

What unites Oklahomans today is what has always united us:
Our unshakable faith.
Our love of family and compassion for others.
The unlimited promise of a hopeful future.
- Brad Henry

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
- Arthur C. Clarke

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
- Irwin Shaw

There are some hopeful signs coming out of China in
the statements they've made since the since September 11.
- Fred Thompson

My relationship with Music Row has always been,
from my end, optimistic and hopeful that there is more
than one way to approach the writing,
recording, and marketing of an album.
- Deana Carter

The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome,
dubious eggs, called possibilities.
- George Eliot

I'm hopeful.
I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington,
obviously.
But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more
likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.
- George W. Bush

One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood.
The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Jews do not have to be Christians.
Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism,
but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
- Michael Novak

Now you watch the parades and processions of hopeful
and despairing people walking outside your tomb.
They are all looking for the answer to the problem you know so well.
- Lynette Fromme

As a person, I'm not that hopeful, but somehow the
hopeful part of me reveals itself through my songs.
- David Friedman

College was especially sweet because of the positive,
hopeful atmosphere of a college campus.
- Jerry Kramer

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful
and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

So people are ready.
I feel hopeful in that sense.
- Studs Terkel

To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful
and hopeful than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The inevitable has always found me ready and hopeful.
- Amelia Barr

I guess I'm a hopeful optimist, because to be a pessimist is to be suicidal.
- Peter Benchley

By that time I was thinking a little about pro ball
and hopeful that someone would draft me.
- Jack Youngblood

The Americans are optimistic by their nature.
And they are hopeful.
- Chaka Fattah

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has
left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world,
and bettered the tradition of mankind.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

In a sense, 'American Pie' was a very despairing song
but it can also be seen as very hopeful.
- Don McLean

I am hopeful about any future for whites in this country,
but not entirely optimistic.
- Helen Suzman

There's something about the sound of a train that's
very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
- Paul Simon

I'm a hopeful cynic.
- Tracy Chapman

I'm praying that was my one little dip in the cancer pool.
I hope never to have to revisit that,
but I learned a lot, I'm cancer free with a bright and hopeful future.
- Julie Gold


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