A-Z List of Healing Quotations (R-W)



“You shouldn’t go into a relationship expecting that he or she will change. If you pick your mate wisely, you will both make adjustments, but it’s unfair to expect your future mate to make basic changes. Put yourself in his or her shoes. Would you want to be overhauled or would you expect your mate to love you as you are?”
Dr. Zev Wanderer and Erika Fabian



“We need to accept that in the end it is not our parents or God who have abandoned us; we have abandoned ourselves.”
Philip Oliver-Diaz and Patricia 0′German


“Intimacy that’s too good to be real ought to make you stop and take heed, especially when it happens fast. No matter how much you want to believe it can happen quickly, real intimacy takes time. Sharing yourself, as opposed to losing yourself, is a delicate procedure that evolves step by step.” Susanna Hoffman


“Training for service is not a training to become rich but to become voluntarily poor; not to fulfill ourselves but to empty ourselves; not to conquer God but to surrender to His saving power.” Henri Nouwen

Our society-

“Our society considers hard work, intense recreation, vigorous exercise, rushing through the day, excessive eating, frequent anger, occasional deep depression, and sex without love as “normal”, and we have become addicted to the brain chemicals that accompany these so-called normal behaviors.” Paul Pearsall

Our codependent society-

“Because of the pervasive nature of the problem, our whole culture can be called codependent. When one looks at the problem from a cultural perspective, it becomes obvious that major institutions in our society support codependent behavior. The social structure we have created may be actually dependent upon this behavior continuing. Throughout modern history, most societies have been structured so that some groups are ranked above others, such as men over women and management over labor. With one group more powerful and in control of the resources, codependent relationships can be easily created and maintained. If people begin to change their codependent patterns, it will bring changes to the larger social structure.”
Barry and Janae Weinhold

Everyday Spirituality-

“Now we need to take whatever gains we’ve made and redress the balance by practicing an everyday spirituality that nourished: interpersonal relationships, the environment, and the ordinary.” David Spangler


“Surrender means, by definition, giving up attachment to results. When we have an attachment to results, we tend to have a hard time giving up control.” Marianne Williamson

Change your thinking-

“You cannot make a long-term change in behaviors without addressing the beliefs that underlie them… Most humans try to change things by focusing on behaviors. They keep thinking they can make things better by doing something. So, everyone is running around trying to figure out what they can do. The focus is on doing something, rather than on believing something. But radical forces within your societies have always sought to change things by using the power of thought, not action, for they know that thought produces action. Get a person thinking a certain way and you can get a person to act a certain way. It is not easily done the other way around.
Neale Donald Walsch, “The New Revelations: A Conversation with God”

Expect trouble-

“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, “I will be bigger that you. You cannot defeat me.” Then repeat to your self the most comforting of all words, “This too shall pass.” Maintaining self-respect in the face of a devastating experience is of prime importance.” Ann Landers

Trust is the first choice-

“No man has earned the right to intellectual ambition until he has learned to lay his course by a star which he has never seen,–to dig by the divining rod for springs which he may never reach…Only when you have worked alone,—when you have felt around you a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and in despair have trusted to your own unshaken will,—then only will you have achieved. Thus only you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



“We don’t receive wisdom, we must discover it for our­selves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” Marcel Proust


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