I stumbled upon a series of quotes from humanist Carl Rogers and thought they were too good to keep to myself. Yes I realise there's an anti-positive quote movement surfacing at the moment.
However these quotes are from a man who knew a few things or two and if they connect with you, well that's all that matters. Movements will come and go, just like change is inevitable. So why fight it? There's nothing wrong with change. It's only our attitude that makes it hard. It's only our desire to keep everything just as it was yesterday that can keep us stuck. Who you are today is not who you will be tomorrow. Embrace it. Live in your moment and grow. Ok, growth can be painful. That's why children have a thing called 'growing pains'. But it's worth it if you persist. You know you're strong enough to persist so stay with it.
Anyway, back to the quotes. I've featured quotes that relate to change and the self expression that comes from being yourself. Did I say Carl knew a few things or two?
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. (Carl Rogers)
Life, at its best, is a flowing, changing process in which nothing is fixed. (Carl Rogers)
- On Becoming a Person, 1961...
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. (Carl Rogers)
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. (Carl Rogers)
What I am is good enough, if I would only be it openly. (Carl 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 Rogers)
No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. (Carl Rogers)
- Person to Person: The Problem of Being Human...
I am increasingly an architect of self. I am free to will and choose. I can, through accepting my individuality... become more of my uniqueness, more of my potentiality. (Carl Rogers)
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. (Carl Rogers)
We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know. (Carl Rogers)
I'm not perfect... But I'm enough. (Carl Rogers)
Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me? (Carl Rogers)
The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas and none of my own ideas are as authoritative as my experience. (Carl Rogers)
People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds. (Carl Rogers)