Heinz Kohut quotes

  • ...man can no more survive psychologically in a psychological milieu that does not respond empathetically to him, than he can survive physically in an atmosphere that contains no oxygen.
    -- Heinz Kohut

    #Men #Oxygen #Atmosphere

  • The mark of a good marriage is when only one of you goes crazy at a time!
    -- Heinz Kohut

    #Crazy #Good Marriage #Mark

  • The empathic understanding of the experience of other human beings is as basic an endowment of man as his vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell
    -- Heinz Kohut

    #Men #Smell #Empathy

  • The musician of disordered sound, the poet of decomposed language, the painter and sculptor of the fragmented visual and tactile world: they all portray the break up of the self and, through the rearrangement and reassemble of the fragments, try to create new structures that possess wholeness, perfection, new meaning.
    -- Heinz Kohut

    #Self #Perfection #Trying

  • Empathy is the capacity to think and feel oneself into the inner life of another person.
    -- Heinz Kohut

    #Thinking #Empathy #Capacity

  • If there is one lesson that I have learned during my life as an analyst, it is the lesson that what my patients tell me is likely to be true - that many times when I believed that I was right and my patients were wrong, it turned out, though often only after a prolonged search, that my rightness was superficial whereas their rightness was profound.
    -- Heinz Kohut

    #Profound #Lessons #Patient

  • He (Jeremy Clarkson) is the last man standing on the beach commanding the glaciers' melt waters to go back

  • God wants us to speak to men so that they will feel it, so that they will never forget it. God means every Christian to be effective, to make a difference in the actual records and results of Christian work. God put each of us here to be a power. There is not one of us but is an essential wheel of the machinery and can accomplish all that God calls us to.

  • Our first duty is to satisfy the spiritual master, who can arrange for the Lord's mercy. A common man must first begin to serve the spiritual master or the devotee. Then, through the mercy of the devotee, the Lord will be satisfied. Unless one receives the dust of a devotee's lotus feet on one's head, there is no possibility of advancement. Unless one approaches a pure devotee, he cannot understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

  • Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, and we were young.

  • Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.

  • Films are like oxygen for me.

  • Many years ago it was taught that plants and animals were composed of different materials: plants, of a chemical substance of three elements,- carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; animals of one of four elements, nitrogen being added to the other three.

  • The absorption of oxygen and the elimination of carbon dioxide in the lungs take place by diffusion alone. There is no trustworthy evidence of any regulation of this process on the part of the organism.

  • Self actualization is the oxygen for the soul.

  • When all is said, its atmosphere [England's] still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived

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