"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Albert Ellis on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Albert Ellis on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Albert Ellis on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Albert Ellis on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Albert Ellis on Dalai Lama
"I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public."
"The art of love is largely the art of persistence."
"We teach people that they upset themselves. We can't change the past, so we change how people are thinking, feeling and behaving today."
"People got insights into what was bothering them, but they hardly did a damn thing to change."
"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."