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Alfred Adler Quotes


An Austrian medical doctor and psychologist.
(1870 - 1937)

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A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.
 

A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.
 

Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.
 

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.
[Acts]
 

Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.
[Attempt]
 

Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
 

God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection.
[Brilliant]
 

In the investigation of a neurotic style of life, we must always suspect an opponent, and note who suffers most because of the patient's condition. Usually this is a member of the family.
 

It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
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It is easy to believe that life is long and one's gifts are vast - easy at the beginning, that is. But the limits of life grow more evident; it becomes clear that great work can be done rarely, if at all.
[Age]
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It is one of the most effective attitudes of the neurotic to measure thumbs down, so to speak, a real person by an ideal, since in doing so he can depreciate him as much as he wishes.
 

It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.
[Helping Other People]
 

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
 

Life happens at the level of events, not words.
[Action]
 

Man knows much more than he understands.
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Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.
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My difficulties belong to me!
 

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
 

Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.
 

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
 


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