"I didn't fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience - to help produce, in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Elisabeth Kubler-Ross on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Elisabeth Kubler-Ross on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Elisabeth Kubler-Ross on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Elisabeth Kubler-Ross on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Elisabeth Kubler-Ross on Mark Twain
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
"Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings."
"I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation."
"Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body."
"It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are."