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Virginia Satir

  • Our biggest problem as human beings is not knowing that we don't know.

    • Virginia Satir,
    • in Jane Howard, Please Touch ()
  • You came into this world like a mule, with no pride of ancestry and no hope of posterity.

    • Virginia Satir,
    • in Jane Howard, Please Touch ()
  • Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.

  • Parents teach in the toughest school in the world — The School for Making People. You are the board of education, the principal, the classroom teacher, and the janitor ...

  • We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

    • Virginia Satir
  • We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.

    • Virginia Satir
  • Problems are not the problem: coping is the problem.

    • Virginia Satir
  • The Problem is never the problem! It is only a symptom of something much deeper.

    • Virginia Satir
  • So much is asked of parents, and so little is given.

    • Virginia Satir
  • Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.

    • Virginia Satir
  • Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.

    • Virginia Satir
  • The end of adolescence is the beginning of adulthood. What hasn't been finished then will have to be finished later.

  • Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it is what makes the difference.

    • Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir, U.S. therapist, writer

(1916 - 1988)

Full name: Virginia Mildred Satir.