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Ellen Sue Stern

  • ... my expectations — which I extended whenever I came close to accomplishing my goals — made it impossible ever to feel satisfied with my success.

  • Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.

  • In a society that judges self-worth on productivity, it's no wonder we fall prey to the misconception that the more we do, the more we're worth.

  • The turning point is that moment of naked acceptance of the truth.

  • Guilt is tricky because we confuse it with caring. ... It's the next best thing to being there.

  • Things that don't get better, get worse.

Ellen Sue Stern, U.S. writer