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Judith Rossner

  • 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.