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Anne Wilson Schaef

  • Differences challenge assumptions.

  • ... it is possible to be different and still be all right.

  • When one clings to the myth of innate superiority, one must constantly overlook the virtues and abilities of others.

  • I get a massage almost every week, no matter where I am. I eat a healthy diet, I schedule time alone, and if I get to a point where I feel I need a block of time and I don't have it, I'll cancel. In general, I really listen to my body and pay attention to my needs.

    • Anne Wilson Schaef,
    • in Laurel King, Women of Power ()
  • It is impossible to come into contact with Native American spirituality and not be struck with the immensity of the gratitude expressed.

  • It is not what I do, it is the way I do it, that will get me in the end.

  • Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.

  • One of the side effects of doing too much is developing monotone minds. We spend so much time in our work and in work-related activities that our awarenesses and our perceptions become narrower and narrower. We reach a point where we can't talk about anything but our work and, if the truth be known, we don't want to talk about anything but our work ... We have taken a rainbow and compressed it into a solid, uninteresting beam of light.

  • Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.

  • ... the completion of an important project has every right to be dignified by a natural grieving process. Something that required the best of us has ended. We will miss it.

  • You need to claim the events of your life to make your life yours.

  • We don't realize that we're destroying ourselves when we destroy the planet. When we understand that we are the rain forest, then there's a possibility we can save it.

    • Anne Wilson Schaef,
    • "Soulful Living," in Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, eds., Handbook for the Soul ()
  • I think of Western culture as a virtual reality that we've constructed and then forgotten is not real.

    • Anne Wilson Schaef,
    • "Soulful Living," in Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, eds., Handbook for the Soul ()
  • I have a responsibility to live this life with the talents I was given. It's my responsibility to do it. Not to think about it; just to do it. That's why I'm here. It's really that simple. The rest is up to the Creator.

    • Anne Wilson Schaef,
    • "Soulful Living," in Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, eds., Handbook for the Soul ()

Anne Wilson Schaef, U.S. psychotherapist, writer, spiritual teacher

(1934)