“A short saying oft contains much wisdom.”—Sophocles

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  1. Three of my personal favorites….

    “As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.” Mahatma Gandhi

    “The consolation of the imaginary is not imaginary consolation.” Gregory Maguire

    The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. – John E. Southard

  2. Sophia-
    Thanks for creating this blog. I’m a quotes collector and am looking forward to being with you and your readers in this word adventure. While wisdom might well be infinite, I believe wise quotes capture and package it for us finite souls.

    Here are some of my favorite psychology-relevant quotes:

    If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.
    – Hermann Hesse

    Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
    – Carl Jung

    The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
    – Sophocles

    Rare is the work of a psychologist in the late 20th century who focuses not on the neuron but on the nuance — how a parent’s subtle, despairing glances can ripple outward for decades, leaving marks in that offspring’s life like the rings you see in a tree.
    – Lauren Slater; Published December 30, 2007 in the NY Times Magazine article on Marian Radke-Yarrow (b. 1918) “The Anthropological Psychologist”

    Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Leo Tolstoy

    Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
    – W. Somerset Maugham

    The capacity to be consoled is a consequential distinction between grief and depression. — Kay Redfield Jamison

    It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.
    – Dame Rose Macaulay

    The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. – Carl Jung

    No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.
    – Thomas Mann

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