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I used to think the most awful thing would be to be tortured to death slowly, but then I realized I could always be tortured to death MORE slowly.
 

I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.
 

I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.
 

I'll be 87 tomorrow. When I'm in New York, I see as many 70 or more clients per week.
 

I'm very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it-going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert.
 

I've lived in sin with the executive director of our institute for 35 years. I was married twice briefly before that.
 

If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments.
 

If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic.
 

In the old days we used to get more referrals, because people had insurance that paid for therapy. Now they belong to HMOs, and we can only be affiliated with a few HMOs.
[Insurance]
 

Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.
 

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.
 

Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years.
 

OK, I'll admit that there is a .00000000000000005% chance that God does exist, but if he does what makes you think he gives a shit about you.
 

People and things do not upset us, rather we upset ourselves by believing that they can upset us.
 

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.
 

People don't just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness.
 

People got insights into what was bothering them, but they hardly did a damn thing to change.
[Change]
 

People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.
 

Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
 

Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it's conditional.
 


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