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The 100 best phrases of psychology and reflection


Over the centuries, great psychologists, philosophers, thinkers, writers, poets and influential people have left their mark with inspiring phrases or quotes, which provide a different vision to understand ourselves, the human being and life.

These phrases that go through history, leave us a great reflection and can give us a vision of understanding of the world around us and help us achieve personal fulfillment.

Here we show you a compilation with the 100 best famous phrases of psychology and reflection of all time.

1. When I look at the world I am pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic (Carl Rogers)

2. Self-confidence is the first secret of success (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

3. The only limit to our achievements tomorrow is in our doubts today (Roosevelt)

4. A mind cannot be understood without culture (Lev Vygotsky)

5. The great discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their mental attitudes (William James)

6. You are what you do, not what you say you will do (C. Jung)

7. Unexpressed emotions never die. They are buried alive and come out later in worse ways (Sigmund Freud)

8. If an individual is intellectually passive, he will not be able to be morally free (Jean Piaget)

9. Whether you think you can or not, you are right, it all depends on what you believe (Henry Ford).

10. Your attitude, not your aptitude, is what will determine your altitude (Zig Ziglar).

11. Many things become problematic for a reason: discontent with oneself (Anna Freud)

12. If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat each problem as if it were a nail   (Abraham Maslow)

13. One is the owner of what is silent and the slave of what he speaks (Sigmund Freud)

14. Trusting yourself does not guarantee success, but not doing so guarantees failure (Albert Bandura)

15. Make your decisions based on where you want to go, not based on where you are (James Arthur Ray)

16. Many people miss the little joys while waiting for the great happiness (Pearl S. Buck)

17. Do not be less than you are capable of or you will be deeply unhappy (A. Maslow)

18. The important thing is not what they have made of us, but what we do with what they have made of us (Jean Paul Sartre)

19. The happiest people do not necessarily have the best of everything … They simply enjoy to the fullest everything they find on their way (Albert Einstein)

20. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever (Gandhi)

21. The message sent is not always the message received (Virgina Satir)

22. If a person loves only one person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love, but symbiotic attachment or expanded egoism (Erich Fromm)

23 . There is a negative correlation between recovery and psychological therapy: the more psychological therapy, the less the patient’s recovery (Hans Eysenck)

24 . Everything worth teaching can be presented in different ways. These multiple ways can make us use our multiple intelligences ( Howard Gardner )

25. A prejudice, unlike a mistaken idea, is actively resistant in all the tests that try to disprove it (Gordon W. Allport)

26. Follow your heart but take your brain with you (Alfred Adler)

27. The disappearance of the sense of responsibility is the greatest consequence of submission to authority (Stanley Milgram)

28. All people speak of the mind without hesitation, but are perplexed when asked to define it (BF Skinner)

29.  The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressed by situational forces (Philip Zimbardo)

30.  The mission of psychology is to give us a totally different idea about the things we know the most (Paul Valéry)

31. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are having (Eckhart Tolle)

32. The task we must set for ourselves is not to be safe, but to  be able to tolerate insecurity (Erich Fromm)

33. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook (William James)

34.  Anyone can get mad… that’s easy. But being angry with the right person, at the right intensity, at the right time, for the right reason, and in the right way … that’s not easy (Aristotle)

35.  If you want to be happy, you must resign yourself to seeing others happy (Bertrand Russell)

36.  Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you” (Erich Fromm)

37. We are all geniuses, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live all its life thinking that it is useless (A.Einstein)

38. You will not be happier being more handsome, but liking yourself more (Yves-Alexandre Thalman)

39. Love is not measured by what I am capable of sacrificing for you, but by everything that I am capable of enjoying together (J.Bucay)

40. The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow will not wait while you do the work (Erik Erikson)

41. We think we think, but we rarely do so with real understanding and empathy . However, true listening is one of the most powerful forces for change that I know of (Carl Rogers)

42. Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviors are the result of our own mental images and beliefs, gives us the level that psychology has always needed for personality change (Maxwell Maltz)

43. Intense negative emotions absorb all the attention of the individual, hindering any attempt to attend to something else  (Daniel Goleman)

44. True wisdom is in recognizing one’s own ignorance (Socrates)

45. Since I started the study of the unconscious , I found myself very interesting (S. Freud)

46. The encounter between two personalities is like the contact between two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both will be transformed (Carl Jung)

47. The satisfaction of the need for self – esteem leads to feelings of self-confidence, worth, strength, ability and sufficiency, of being useful and necessary in the world (A. Maslow)

48.  There is always something crazy in love; but there is always some reason in madness (Friedrich Nietzsche)

49. The advantage of having a bad memory is that you enjoy the same things many times (Nietzsche)

50. It is not true that people stop chasing dreams because they get old, they get old because they stop chasing their dreams (Gabriel García Márquez)

51. Life is very simple but we insist on making it complicated (Confucius)

52. We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit (Aristotle)

53. The brave man is the one who not only surpasses his enemies, but also his pleasures (Democritus)

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54. Truth has a fictional structure  (J. Lacan)

55. If a friend from the past is no longer in the present, it is for some reason (Paulo Coelho)

56. There are only two mistakes one can make on the way to the truth; don’t go all the way and don’t start (Buddha)

57. What are we? What is each one of us but a combination of experiences, information, readings, imaginations? Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, a sample of styles where everything can be continuously mixed and rearranged in all possible ways (Italo Calvino)

58. Now is not the time to think about what you don’t have. Think about what you can do with what there is (Ernest Hemingway)

59.  What worries me is not that you have lied to me, but that, from now on, I will no longer be able to believe in you (Nietzsche)

60.  Do not hurt others with what causes yourself pain (Buddha)

61. Our reward is found in the effort and not in the result. Full effort is full victory. (Mahatma Gandhi)

62. Many small people, in small places, doing small things can change the world. (Eduardo Galeano)

63 . Freedom is in owning our own life. (Plato)

64. If you are looking for different results, don’t always do the same thing. (Albert Einstein)

65. Before convincing the intellect, it is essential to touch and predispose the heart. (B. Pascal)

66. You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

67.  On earth we need people who work more and criticize less, who build more and destroy less, who promise less and resolve more, who expect to receive less and give more, who say better now than tomorrow. (Ernesto «Che» Guevara)

68. Demand a lot from yourself and expect little from others. This way you will save yourself trouble. (Confucius)

69. He who does not consider what he has as the greatest wealth in the world is unfortunate, even if he is the owner of the world. (Epicurus)

70.  This is my taste, not a good taste, not a bad taste, but my taste, of which I am not ashamed or hidden. This is my path, and yours? (Friederich Nietzsche)

71.  Life is not a philosophy, it is not a problem; it’s a mystery. You have to live it, not according to a certain pattern of behavior, not according to a conditioning, according to what you have been told about it. You have to start all over again, from scratch. (Osho)

72.  A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little ones. (Thomas Carlyle)

73.  If you give fish to a hungry man, you feed him for a day. If you teach him to fish, you will nurture him all his life. ( Lao Tse)

74.  Our most deeply held, most unquestionable convictions are the most suspect. They constitute our limit, our confines, our prison (José Ortega y Gasset)

75.  Vanity haunts us even on deathbed. We endure it with integrity because we want to overcome its terrible greatness and captivate the admiration of the spectators (Santiago Ramón y Cajal)

76.  Life must be understood backwards. But it must be lived forward (Kierkegaard)

77.  In pain there is as much wisdom as in pleasure; both are the two conservative forces of the species. (Friederich Nietzsche)

78.  We are asleep. Our life is a dream. But sometimes we wake up, just enough to know that we are dreaming. (Ludwig Wittgestein)

79.  Friends are like traveling companions, who should help each other to persevere on the path to a happier life. (Pythagoras)

80.  All truths are easy to understand once discovered; the point is to discover them. (Galileo Galilei)

81.  There is only one way to happiness and that is to stop worrying about things that are beyond the reach of your will (Epithet)

82.  Great men start great works, hardworking men finish them. (Leonardo da Vinci)

83.  We have learned to fly like birds, to swim like fish; but we have not learned the simple art of living as brothers. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

84. I  consider the one who conquers his desires more courageous than the one who conquers his enemies, since the hardest victory is victory over oneself. (Aristotle)

85.  Our sense of wonder increases exponentially; the greater the knowledge and the deeper the mystery, the more we try to know and the greater enigmas we end up creating. (Edward Osborne Wilson)

86.  Imagination is a quality that has been given to man to compensate him for what he is not, while the sense of humor has been given to console him for what he is. (Osca Wilde)

87.  Whenever you are in a conflict with someone , there is a factor that. It can make the difference between damaging the relationship or reinforcing it. That factor is attitude. (William James)

88.  You can search the entire universe for someone who deserves your love and affection more than yourself, and that person will not be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anyone in the universe, deserve your own love and affection. (Buddha)

89. Man can bear misfortunes that are accidental and come from outside. But to suffer for your own faults, that is the nightmare of life. (Oscar Wilde)

90.  If human actions can be noble, shameful or indifferent, the same happens with their corresponding pleasures. There are pleasures that derive from noble activities, and others are of shameful origin. (Aristotle)

91.  The price we pay for our advanced civilization is a loss of happiness through the intensification of guilt. ( Sigmund Freud )

92. There is only one good: knowledge. There is only one evil: ignorance. (Socrates)

93.  Trusting yourself does not guarantee success, but not doing so guarantees failure. (Albert Bandura)

94.  Psychology, unlike chemistry, algebra, or literature, is a manual for your own mind. It is a guide for life. (Daniel Goldstein)

95. The problem with the world is that the stupid are sure of everything and the intelligent are full of doubts. (Bertrand Russell)

96.  It seems proven that life is successful thanks to three factors: health, intelligence and character, let’s add a fourth factor; a bit of luck. (Alfred Binet)

97 . Giving produces more happiness than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving is the expression of vitality. (Erich Fromm)

98. Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. (Voltaire)

99.  We have been put on earth to learn our own lessons. No one can tell us what they are; discovering them is part of our personal journey. (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross)

100.  The species that survive are not the strongest, nor the fastest, nor the most intelligent; but those that are better adapted to change. (Charles Darwin)


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Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of ​​Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.

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