Quotations Helpful to Recovery

These quotations are not offically connected to AA, but I personally find them very useful.

"Life is difficult, inherently difficult for every human being, for every one of us from the very begining"
D.W. Winnincott

"All neurotic manifestations are in fact incarnations of self-hate"
Theodore Rubin

"To be converted, to be regenerated, to receive grace, to experience religion, to gain an assurance, are so many phrases which denote the process, gradual or sudden, by which a self hitherto divided, and consciously wrong, inferior and unhappy, becomes unified and consciously right, superior and happy, in consequence of its firmer hold upon religious realities."

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."

"The sway of alcohol over mankind is unqueastionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature"

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."

"My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will"
William James

"Since the day of my conversion I have not been well"
St. Francis of Assisi

"Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state"
James Allen

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself in the process"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
Albert Ellis

Among all my patients in the second half of life—that is to say, over thirty-five—there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has really been healed who did not regain his religious outlook
Carl Jung

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.
Soren Kierkegaard