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“It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It's harder to stay where you are than to get out.”
“So often I heard people paying blind obeisance to change — as though it had some virtue of its own. Change or we will die. Change or we will stagnate. Evergreens don't stagnate.”
“That's the New York thing, isn't it. People who seem absolutely crazy going around telling you how crazy they used to be before they had therapy.”
“The idea of self-government is foreign to Americans. ... Self-government is a form of self-control, self-limitation. It goes against our whole grain. We're supposed to go after what we want, not question whether we really need it. ”
“... their conversations were a mined field in which at any moment she might make the wrong verbal move and find her ignorance exploding in her face.”
“Some people spend their lives failing and never notice.”
“... reality can easily become the current fantasy ...”
“In psychoanalysis as in art, God resided in the details, the discovery of which required enormous patience, unyielding seriousness, and the skill of an acrobat — walking a tightrope over memory and speculation, instinct and theory, feeling and denial.”
“The past isn't useful until its place in the present is found.”
Judith Rossner, U.S. writer
(1935 - 2005)
Full name: Judith Perelman Rossner.