"Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Rollo May on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Rollo May on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Rollo May on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Rollo May on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Rollo May on Mark Twain
"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."
"Courage is not the absence of despair it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair."
"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity."
"It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one's inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle."
"Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death."