"We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."R. D. Laing on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."R. D. Laing on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."R. D. Laing on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."R. D. Laing on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."R. D. Laing on Mahatma Gandhi
"We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing."
"The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds."
"Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death."
"The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation."
"There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain."