Albert Ellis Quotes

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  • By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.

  • For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.

  • People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection.

  • You never truly need what you want. That is the main and thoroughgoing key to serenity.

  • The more sinful and guilty a person tends to feel, the less chance there is that he will be a happy, healthy, or law-abiding citizen. He will become a compulsive wrong-doer.

  • Even when people act nastily to you, don't condemn them or retaliate.

  • Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings. They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously been an analyst and they were very angry at my flying the coop.

  • You have only to exist as you do and to live your life as best you can.

    Albert Ellis (2017). “Anger: How to Live with and without It”, p.42, Citadel
  • Religious fanaticism has clearly produced, and in all probability will continue to produce, enormous amounts of bickering, fighting, violence, bloodshed, homicide, feuds, wars, and genocide.

  • I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs. In that sense, psychotherapy belongs in the schools.

  • We'd better work hard on getting rid of that must - Other people must do what I want them to do!" It's what makes people hostile, nasty, mean and combative, and it leads to feuds, wars and genocide. We'd better do something about that.

  • 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.

  • Humans can always accept themselves unconditionally.

  • I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition.

  • Neurosis is just a high-class word for whining.

  • As a matter of fact, as a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing.

    "The Prince of Reason". Interview with Robert Epstein, June 9, 2016.
  • Beginning in the 1960s, many studies showed that people who hold what we call irrational beliefs are significantly more disturbed than when they don't hold them, and the more strongly they hold them, the more disturbed they tend to be.

  • People don't just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness. They always have the power to think, and to think about their thinking, and to think about thinking about their thinking, which the goddamn dolphin, as far as we know, can't do. Therefore they have much greater ability to change themselves than any other animal has.

  • Spirit and soul is horseshit of the worst sort. Obviously there are no fairies, no Santa Clauses, no spirits. What there is, is human goals and purposes as noted by sane existentialists. But a lot of transcendentalists are utter screwballs.

  • The easy way out is often just that-the 'easy' way out of the most rewarding lifestyle.

  • My rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) was one of the very few therapies that was originated partly or largely because I wanted to be brief and efficient. And therefore right from the start I was active and directive. I tried to show people some central masturbatory core to their philosophy and to get them to work at changing it cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally.

  • As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing.

  • Attempts to help humans eliminate all self-ratings and views self-esteem as a self-defeating concept that encourages them to make conditional evaluations of self. Instead, it teaches people unconditional self-acceptance.

    Albert Ellis (1990). “The essential Albert Ellis: seminal writings on psychotherapy”, Springer Publishing Company
  • Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency. Had I not been a therapist, I would have been an efficiency expert.

  • We can actually put the essence of neurosis in a single word: blaming - or damning.

  • Strong feelings are fine; it's the overreactions that mess us up.

    Albert Ellis, Arthur Lange (2016). “How To Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons”, p.28, Citadel
  • When people change their irrational beliefs to undogmatic flexible preferences, they become less disturbed.

  • When I was 16 I started keeping a diary in which I recorded my disagreements with the famous philosophers. I didn't insist that they were wrong, that I was right and I had to prevail. I just agreed and disagreed with them. I thought there was a high degree of probability that I was right and some other thinkers were wrong. But I wasn't positive about it.

  • And just as two wrongs don't make a right, rage against offenders is probably the worst way to try to correct them.

  • The trouble with most therapy is that it helps you feel better. But you don't get better. You have to back it up with action, action, action.

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    Albert Ellis

    • Born: September 27, 1913
    • Died: July 24, 2007
    • Occupation: Psychologist