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Quotes on the foundations of
REBT/CBT
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“Good morning is not a greeting, it's a decision.”
Anon
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“People are not disturbed by things, but by the view
they take of them”.
Epictetus
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“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of
which never happened.”
Michel de Montaigne
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"When confronted with a situation which we cannot
change, we are then challenged to change ourselves."
Viktor Frankl
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"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their
minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln
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“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking
makes it so.”
William Shakespeare
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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all
within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius
9

“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...
10

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking
and planning.”
Winston Churchill
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“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard,
solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for
easy answe...
12

“We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them”.

Albert Einstein
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"How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at
anything which happens in life!"
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor fro...
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“It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it
that matters.”

Epictetus
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“Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it.”
Salvador Dali
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"You can't always get what you want, but if you try
sometimes you just might find you get what you
need."

The Rolling...
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“There is nothing to fear except fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothin...
18

"As a person thinks, so she or he is ...“
Proverbs 23:7
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“Your focus becomes your experience.”
William James
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“You can‟t control the unexpected, but you can control
your response to it.”
Aikido Principle
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“The ancestor of every action is a thought.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"Whether you think you can or can't, you're right.”
Henry Ford
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"What we think, we become.”
Buddha
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“We become what we think about all day long.”
Emerson
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"You can't prevent the birds of sorrow from flying
over your head, but you can prevent them from
building nests in you...
26

"Flexibility is the hallmark of good mental health."
Rod Martel
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“For as he thinks in his heart so is he ....”
Proverbs. 23:7
28

“I thought on my ways and turned my feet.”
Psalms. 119:59
29

“... Be transformed by the renewing of your mind....”
Romans. 12:2
30

“For I have learned to find resources in myself
whatever my circumstances.”
Phil. 4:11
31

“There are no facts, only interpretations, including
this one.”
Gianni Vattimo
32

“When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.”
Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra
33

“The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.”
Alfred Adler
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress
management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water,
every...
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Irrational Music Lyrics
“All you need is love.”
The Beatles
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Irrational Music Lyrics
“I want you to want me, I need you to need me.”
Cheap Trick
37

“Tone can be as important as text.”
Former New York Mayor, Ed Koch
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“No one can make you feel inferior without your
consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
39

“You do not try to solve a problem that you think
should not exist.”
Ray DiGiuseppe
40

“What we see, hear, feel, speak about or infer, is
never it, but only our human abstraction about „it.”
Korzybski, 195...
41

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
Winston Churchill
42

“You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to
surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn
43

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have
planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
E. M. Forst...
44

“You, and you alone, are 100 percent responsible for
your own successes, opportunities, and happiness.”
Linda Galindo
45

“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you
have the time to do it over?”
John Wooden
46

“If "Plan A" doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more
letters.”
Anon
47

“Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve
your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It is not
the mountain ...
48

“If I am not part of the problem, there is no solution.”
Anon
49

“Judge the sin not the sinner.”
The Bible
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"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms...to choose one's
attitude in any gi...
51

"The real act of discovery consists not in finding new
lands, but in seeing with new eyes.“
Marcel Proust
52

"What matters is our attitude toward facts rather
than the facts themselves. This also applies to the
facts of our inn...
53

"What matters is to make the best of any given
situation.”
Viktor Frankl
54

"A human being, by the very attitude he chooses, is
capable of finding and fulfilling meaning in even a
hopeless situa...
55

"Meaning rests on the attitude the patient chooses
toward suffering.”
Viktor Frankl
56

"Neurotic fatalism is only another disguised form of
escape from responsibility."
Viktor Frankl
57

"A human being is not one thing among others:
Things are determining each other, but man is selfdetermining."

Viktor ...
58

"In the widest sense, logotherapy is treatment of the
patient's attitude toward his unchangeable fate."
Viktor Frankl
59

"The Statue of Liberty on the east coast should be
supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the
west coast.”

Vik...
60

“Fear is when ten guys with knives are after you,
anxiety is when you are safely at home thinking they
might come.”

A...
61

“It‟s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your
head.”
Sally Kempton
62

“…when I was young nothing could hold me back. No,
sir! I thought I could change the world. It took me a
hundred years...
63

“Heaven never helps the person who will not act.”
Sophocles
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“The truth is what is. And what should be is a
fantasy…a terrible fantasy.”
Lenny Bruce
65

“God grant me the courage to change the things I can
change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot
change, and th...
66

“Nothing is written in stone.”
Anon
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“Pilots have a saying, in order to learn how to fly in
the wind, you have to fly in the wind!”
Anon
68

“Let me (or us) seek acceptance of life as I find it,
even though I may not approve of what I find,
wisdom to see what...
69

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who
does not fee...
70

“There is nothing like returning to a place that
remains unchanged to find the ways in which you
yourself have altered...
71

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”
Nelson Mandela
72

“Nothing is ever good or bad, but thinking makes it
so.”
William Shakespeare
73

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Buddha
74

“If you can admit life is rotten, rotten, rotten, then
you can begin to enjoy it.”
Bertrand Russell
75

“Pain is a part of life – but misery is a choice.”
Anon
76

“There are no absolutes…
…well, there aren‟t many.”
Albert Ellis
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“If you haven‟t made any mistakes lately, you‟re
either dead or playing things extraordinarily safe.”
Windy Dryden
78

“The only way to learn to live well is to practice living
well every day.”
Shoma Morita
79

“That which does not kill me makes me stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
80

“To err is human, but it feels divine.”
Mae West
81

“You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't
given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.”
Albert Ellis
82

“Life is under no obligation to give us what we
expect.”
Margaret Mitchell
83

“Fear is worse than the ordeal itself.”
Yiddish folk saying
84

“DSM: Despair = Suffering – Meaning.”
John Viterito
85

“A man that studies revenge keeps his wounds
green.”
Francis Bacon
86

“The door to your house only opens from the inside.”
Anon
87

“The universe is not hostile, nor is it friendly. It‟s
simply indifferent.”
John Haynes Holmes
88

“Everything that happens happens as it should, and
if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.”
Marcus Aure...
89

“Loss can close you up or open you up.”
Dianne Feinstein
90

“Peace begins when expectations end.”
Anon
91

“Age is something that doesn‟t matter, unless you are
a cheese.”
Billie Burke
92

“Give people the right to be wrong. They will exercise
this right whether you give it to them or not.”
Windy Dryden
93

“Oh I see. The universe must be run so that I always
get what I want. I should run the f****** universe!
Well, lots of...
94

“A man who fears suffering is already suffering what
he fears.”
Michel de Montaigne
95

“I hear, and I forget.
I see, and I remember.
I do, and I understand.”
Chinese proverb
96

“The goal of all life is death.”
Sigmund Freud

“The goal of all life is to have a @#*% ball”
Albert Ellis
97

Care about what other people think and you will
always be their prisoner.
Lao Tzu
98

"Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather,
the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair."
Rollo May
99

What it take to have a good relationships is for the
holes in his head to match the rocks in hers.
Albert Ellis
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Quotes on the Foundations of REBT/CBT

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  1. 1. 1 Quotes on the foundations of REBT/CBT
  2. 2. 2 “Good morning is not a greeting, it's a decision.” Anon
  3. 3. 3 “People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them”. Epictetus
  4. 4. 4 “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” Michel de Montaigne
  5. 5. 5 "When confronted with a situation which we cannot change, we are then challenged to change ourselves." Viktor Frankl
  6. 6. 6 "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
  7. 7. 7 “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare
  8. 8. 8 “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius
  9. 9. 9 “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.” Albert Ellis
  10. 10. 10 “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill
  11. 11. 11 “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  12. 12. 12 “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. Albert Einstein
  13. 13. 13 "How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life!" Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180.)
  14. 14. 14 “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus
  15. 15. 15 “Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it.” Salvador Dali
  16. 16. 16 "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need." The Rolling Stones
  17. 17. 17 “There is nothing to fear except fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt "Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief." Francis Bacon
  18. 18. 18 "As a person thinks, so she or he is ...“ Proverbs 23:7
  19. 19. 19 “Your focus becomes your experience.” William James
  20. 20. 20 “You can‟t control the unexpected, but you can control your response to it.” Aikido Principle
  21. 21. 21 “The ancestor of every action is a thought.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. 22. 22 "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right.” Henry Ford
  23. 23. 23 "What we think, we become.” Buddha
  24. 24. 24 “We become what we think about all day long.” Emerson
  25. 25. 25 "You can't prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.” Ancient Chinese Proverb
  26. 26. 26 "Flexibility is the hallmark of good mental health." Rod Martel
  27. 27. 27 “For as he thinks in his heart so is he ....” Proverbs. 23:7
  28. 28. 28 “I thought on my ways and turned my feet.” Psalms. 119:59
  29. 29. 29 “... Be transformed by the renewing of your mind....” Romans. 12:2
  30. 30. 30 “For I have learned to find resources in myself whatever my circumstances.” Phil. 4:11
  31. 31. 31 “There are no facts, only interpretations, including this one.” Gianni Vattimo
  32. 32. 32 “When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.” Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra
  33. 33. 33 “The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.” Alfred Adler
  34. 34. A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything." “Remember to put the glass down.” 34
  35. 35. 35 Irrational Music Lyrics “All you need is love.” The Beatles
  36. 36. 36 Irrational Music Lyrics “I want you to want me, I need you to need me.” Cheap Trick
  37. 37. 37 “Tone can be as important as text.” Former New York Mayor, Ed Koch
  38. 38. 38 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  39. 39. 39 “You do not try to solve a problem that you think should not exist.” Ray DiGiuseppe
  40. 40. 40 “What we see, hear, feel, speak about or infer, is never it, but only our human abstraction about „it.” Korzybski, 1951
  41. 41. 41 “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill
  42. 42. 42 “You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
  43. 43. 43 “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” E. M. Forster
  44. 44. 44 “You, and you alone, are 100 percent responsible for your own successes, opportunities, and happiness.” Linda Galindo
  45. 45. 45 “If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?” John Wooden
  46. 46. 46 “If "Plan A" doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” Anon
  47. 47. 47 “Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It is not the mountain ahead that wears you out – it is the grain of sand in your shoe.” Robert Service
  48. 48. 48 “If I am not part of the problem, there is no solution.” Anon
  49. 49. 49 “Judge the sin not the sinner.” The Bible
  50. 50. 50 "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms...to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.“ Victor E. Frankl
  51. 51. 51 "The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.“ Marcel Proust
  52. 52. 52 "What matters is our attitude toward facts rather than the facts themselves. This also applies to the facts of our inner life.” Viktor Frankl
  53. 53. 53 "What matters is to make the best of any given situation.” Viktor Frankl
  54. 54. 54 "A human being, by the very attitude he chooses, is capable of finding and fulfilling meaning in even a hopeless situation.” Viktor Frankl
  55. 55. 55 "Meaning rests on the attitude the patient chooses toward suffering.” Viktor Frankl
  56. 56. 56 "Neurotic fatalism is only another disguised form of escape from responsibility." Viktor Frankl
  57. 57. 57 "A human being is not one thing among others: Things are determining each other, but man is selfdetermining." Viktor Frankl
  58. 58. 58 "In the widest sense, logotherapy is treatment of the patient's attitude toward his unchangeable fate." Viktor Frankl
  59. 59. 59 "The Statue of Liberty on the east coast should be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.” Viktor Frankl
  60. 60. 60 “Fear is when ten guys with knives are after you, anxiety is when you are safely at home thinking they might come.” Anon
  61. 61. 61 “It‟s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” Sally Kempton
  62. 62. 62 “…when I was young nothing could hold me back. No, sir! I thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I can‟t change the world. I can only change Bessie. And, honey, that ain‟t easy either!” Bessie Delaney
  63. 63. 63 “Heaven never helps the person who will not act.” Sophocles
  64. 64. 64 “The truth is what is. And what should be is a fantasy…a terrible fantasy.” Lenny Bruce
  65. 65. 65 “God grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr
  66. 66. 66 “Nothing is written in stone.” Anon
  67. 67. 67 “Pilots have a saying, in order to learn how to fly in the wind, you have to fly in the wind!” Anon
  68. 68. 68 “Let me (or us) seek acceptance of life as I find it, even though I may not approve of what I find, wisdom to see what would be good to change, willingness to act, willingness to follow through, and gratitude for the opportunity to try to live my life as best I can.” Hank Robb
  69. 69. 69 “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela
  70. 70. 70 “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela
  71. 71. 71 “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela
  72. 72. 72 “Nothing is ever good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” William Shakespeare
  73. 73. 73 “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
  74. 74. 74 “If you can admit life is rotten, rotten, rotten, then you can begin to enjoy it.” Bertrand Russell
  75. 75. 75 “Pain is a part of life – but misery is a choice.” Anon
  76. 76. 76 “There are no absolutes… …well, there aren‟t many.” Albert Ellis
  77. 77. 77 “If you haven‟t made any mistakes lately, you‟re either dead or playing things extraordinarily safe.” Windy Dryden
  78. 78. 78 “The only way to learn to live well is to practice living well every day.” Shoma Morita
  79. 79. 79 “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  80. 80. 80 “To err is human, but it feels divine.” Mae West
  81. 81. 81 “You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.” Albert Ellis
  82. 82. 82 “Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.” Margaret Mitchell
  83. 83. 83 “Fear is worse than the ordeal itself.” Yiddish folk saying
  84. 84. 84 “DSM: Despair = Suffering – Meaning.” John Viterito
  85. 85. 85 “A man that studies revenge keeps his wounds green.” Francis Bacon
  86. 86. 86 “The door to your house only opens from the inside.” Anon
  87. 87. 87 “The universe is not hostile, nor is it friendly. It‟s simply indifferent.” John Haynes Holmes
  88. 88. 88 “Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.” Marcus Aurelius
  89. 89. 89 “Loss can close you up or open you up.” Dianne Feinstein
  90. 90. 90 “Peace begins when expectations end.” Anon
  91. 91. 91 “Age is something that doesn‟t matter, unless you are a cheese.” Billie Burke
  92. 92. 92 “Give people the right to be wrong. They will exercise this right whether you give it to them or not.” Windy Dryden
  93. 93. 93 “Oh I see. The universe must be run so that I always get what I want. I should run the f****** universe! Well, lots of luck on that one! Maybe you‟ll be the first to achieve it.” Albert Ellis
  94. 94. 94 “A man who fears suffering is already suffering what he fears.” Michel de Montaigne
  95. 95. 95 “I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.” Chinese proverb
  96. 96. 96 “The goal of all life is death.” Sigmund Freud “The goal of all life is to have a @#*% ball” Albert Ellis
  97. 97. 97 Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. Lao Tzu
  98. 98. 98 "Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair." Rollo May
  99. 99. 99 What it take to have a good relationships is for the holes in his head to match the rocks in hers. Albert Ellis

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