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Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction,
by James Hillman

Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction,
it is a functioning phenomenon.
It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable.
- James Hillman

We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

I don't think anything changes until ideas change.
The usual American viewpoint is to believe that something
is wrong with the person.
- James Hillman

It's very hard to know what wisdom is.
- James Hillman

 

Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path...
this is what I must do, this is what I've got to have.
This is who I am.
- James Hillman

We have to give value to authority.
We have to give value to office, being in office,
holding office.
- James Hillman

Loss means losing what was We want to change but we don't want to lose.
Without time for loss, we don't have time for soul.
- James Hillman

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Whether we like it or not, men have more of the offices,
more of the higher jobs, more of the seats in Congress.
Men need to re-examine what their power is.
We need to understand how to use it.
- James Hillman

I think we're miserable partly because we have only one god,
and that's economics.
- James Hillman

I'm cautious about a lot of words.
- James Hillman

The culture is going into a psychological depression.
We are concerned about our place in the world,
about being competitive: Will my children have as much
as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay
for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world?
- James Hillman

In the history of the treatment of depression,
there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile,
hoses, attempts to shock the patient.
All of these represent hatred or aggression towards
what depression represents in the patient.
- James Hillman

We forget that the soul has its own ancestors.
- James Hillman

I'm the result of upbringing, class,
race,
gender, social prejudices, and economics.
So I'm a victim again.
A result.
- James Hillman

You don't know what you're going to get into when you follow your bliss.
- James Hillman

All we can do when we think of kids today is think of more hours of school,
earlier age at the computer, and curfews.
Who would want to grow up in that world?
- James Hillman

The circumstances, including my body and my parents,
whom I may curse, are my soul's own choice and I do
not understand this because I have forgotten.
- James Hillman

It's very important for men to look downward,
to the next generation.
- James Hillman

As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body,
the parents, the place, and the circumstances that
suited the soul and that,
as the myth says, belongs to its necessity.
- James Hillman

You don't attack the grunts of Vietnam;
you blame the theory behind the war.
Nobody who fought in that war was at fault.
It was the war itself that was at fault.
It's the same thing with psychotherapy.
- James Hillman

The word power has such a generally negative implication in our society.
What are people talking about? Are they talking about muscles,
or control?
- James Hillman

I know my own deficiencies, one of which is that I
had lived away from America for such a long time.
It's called expatriate.
- James Hillman

It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it.
- James Hillman

We're an air bag society that wants guarantees on everything that we buy.
We want to be able to take everything back and get another one.
We want a 401-k plan and Social Security.
- James Hillman

I see happiness as a by-product.
I don't think you can pursue happiness.
I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes
the Founding Fathers made.
- James Hillman

When they talk about family values, it's in a repressive way,
as if our American tradition were only the Puritan
tradition or the 19th century oppressive tradition.
The Christian tradition.
- James Hillman

We need to work on the world so it will not be so oppressive.
- James Hillman

Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you:
you are the one who is wrong.
If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged,
the problem is not just inside the kid;
it's also in the system,
the society.
- James Hillman

We carve out risk-free lives where nothing happens.
- James Hillman

If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve,
it is the thought that is hurting you now.
- James Hillman

Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being.
I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness.
If we drop the pursuit, it's right here.
- James Hillman

Too many people have been analyzing their pasts,
their childhoods, their memories, their parents,
and realizing that it doesn't do anything-or that it doesn't do enough.
- James Hillman

Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind.
- James Hillman

We can't change anything until we get some fresh ideas,
until we begin to see things differently.
- James Hillman

It's important to ask yourself, How am I useful to
others? What do people want from me? That may very
well reveal what you are here for.
- James Hillman

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

This world of ours... must avoid becoming
a community of dreadful fear and hate,
and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

We need to become good citizens in the global village,
instead of competing.
What are we competing for - to drive more cars,
eat more steaks? That will destroy the world.
- Yuan T. Lee

War is an instrument entirely inefficient
toward redressing wrong;
and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
- Thomas Jefferson

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

We need a data network that can easily carry voice,
instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data.
- Reed Hundt

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination
to see how much he can give for a dollar,
instead of how little he can give for a dollar,
is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

We waste time looking for the perfect lover,
instead of creating the perfect love.
- Tom Robbins

If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give.
- George MacDonald

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find
a woman I don't like and give her a house.
- Lewis Grizzard

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour


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