The Road Less Traveled
The Road Less Traveled, the best selling book about psychology and spirituality written by Morgan Scott Peck. The book published in 1978 became very popular and made its author M. Scott Peck, a psychiatrist very famous. Here are twenty of the quotes from the book for all of us to reflect upon:
- Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
- The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
- We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.
- Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.
- There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.
- Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
- We cannot let another person into our hearts or minds unless we empty ourselves. We can truly listen to him or truly hear her only out of emptiness.
- You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
- Share our similarities. Celebrate our differences.
- One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them.
- We know a great deal more about the causes of physical disease than we do about the causes of physical health.
- Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.
- The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior.
- The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
- Love is as love does. Love is an act of will, namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.
- The giving up of personality traits, well-established patterns of behavior, ideologies, and even whole lifestyles…these are major forms of giving up that are required if one is to travel very far on the journey of life.
- Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to thing multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience – to appreciate the fact that life is complex.
- If we know exactly where we’re going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we’ll see along the way, we won’t learn anything.
- All my life I used to wonder what I would become when I grew up. Then, about seven years ago, I realized that I was never going to grow up – that growing up is an ever ongoing process.
- Human beings are poor examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a profound tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there.