Adam Phillips Quotes

On this page you can find the TOP of Adam Phillips's best quotes! We hope you will find some sayings from Writer Adam Phillips's in our collection, which will inspire you to new achievements! There are currently 20 quotes on this page collected since September 19, 1954! Share our collection of quotes with your friends on social media so that they can find something to inspire them!
All quotes by Adam Phillips: more...
  • Transgression is a quest for solitude

    Adam Phillips (2017). “In Writing”, p.85, Penguin UK
  • There is nothing more terrorizing than the possibility that nothing is hidden. There is nothing more scandalous than a happy marriage

  • We have been taught to wish for it, but the wish to be understood may be our most vengeful demand, may be the way we hang on, as adults , to our grudge against our mothers; the way we never let our mothers off the hook for their not meeting our every need. Wanting to be understood, as adults, can be our most violent form of nostalgia.

    "Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life".
  • Everybody is dealing with how much of their own aliveness they can bear and how much they need to anesthetize themselves.

    Needs   Bears  
  • The past influences everything and dictates nothing.

    Past   Influence  
    Adam Phillips (1999). “Darwin's Worms”, Basic Books (AZ)
  • Monogamy is a way of getting the versions of ourselves down to the minimum.

    Way   Monogamy   Minimum  
    Adam Phillips (2017). “Monogamy”, p.7, Faber & Faber
  • Sanity, as the project of keeping ourselves recognizably human, therefore has to limit the range of human experience. To keep faith with recognition we have to stay recognizable. Sanity, in other words, becomes a pressing preoccupation as soon as we recognize the importance of recognition. When we define ourselves by what we can recognize, by what we can comprehend- rather than, say, by what we can describe- we are continually under threat from what we are unwilling and/or unable to see. We are tyrannized by our blind spots, and by whatever it is about ourselves that we find unacceptable.

    Adam Phillips (2005). “Going sane”,
  • Believing in religion is like believing that adulthood is the solution to childhood.

  • The child..will try to make himself..independent of other people. .. Excesses of appetite are self-cures for feelings of hopelessness. ..The child [uses] ‘doubt about food to hide doubt about love.’

  • Lovers, of course, are notoriously frantic epistemologists, second only to paranoiacs (and analysts) as readers of signs and wonders.

    Adam Phillips (2016). “On Flirtation”, p.54, Faber & Faber
  • I am always true to myself, that is the problem. Who else could I be true to?

  • People change, but there really are limits. One thing you discover in psychoanalytic treatment is the limits of what you can change about yourself or your life. We are children for a very long time.

    Children   Long   People  
    Adam Phillips (2017). “In Writing”, p.220, Penguin UK
  • The big secret about Art is that no one wants it to be true.

    Art   Secret   Want  
    Adam Phillips (2010). “On Balance”, p.210, Penguin UK
  • Tragic heroes are failed pragmatists. Their ends are unrealistic and their means are impractical.

    Hero   Mean   Ends  
  • The vocabulary of one’s self-criticism is so impoverished and clichéd. We are at our most stupid in our self-hatred.

    Adam Phillips (2017). “In Writing”, p.223, Penguin UK
  • The child can find out what the object ..might be only by finding ..obstacles to its access

  • The whole notion of sanity may be an attempt to medicalize morality - to speak of the good in the language of health: to make us more accurate, more scientific in our wanting - but by the same token it becomes a form of moral blackmail. It is as if to say: if these are not valued - if these forms of wanting and feeling and speaking and doing - are not cultivated and encouraged and rewarded in the child, then the child will be mad.

    Children   Mad   Feelings  
    Adam Phillips (2005). “Going sane”,
  • You write to find out what you believe.

  • There is always a ..belief that by destroying the thing that we love we destroy our needs

  • To grow up is to discover what one is unequal to.

Page 1 of 1
We hope you have found the saying you were looking for in our collection! At the moment, we have collected 20 quotes from the Writer Adam Phillips, starting from September 19, 1954! We periodically replenish our collection so that visitors of our website can always find inspirational quotes by authors from all over the world! Come back to us again!
Adam Phillips quotes about:

Adam Phillips

  • Born: September 19, 1954
  • Occupation: Writer