Carl Rogers Quotes

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Carl Rogers Quotes

The only reality I can possibly know is the world as I perceive it at this moment. The only reality you can possibly know is the world as you see it at this moment. And the only certainty is that those perceived realities are different. There are as many "real worlds" as there are people!
— Carl Rogers —

Don't be a damned ammunition wagon. Be a rifle!

— Carl Rogers

In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.

— Carl Rogers

When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.

— Carl Rogers

I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning.

— Carl Rogers

What you are to be, you are now becoming.

— Carl Rogers

The only reality I can possibly know is the world as I perceive it at this moment. The only reality you can possibly know is the world as you see it at this moment. And the only certainty is that those perceived realities are different. There are as many "real worlds" as there are people!

— Carl Rogers

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.

— Carl Rogers

If the time comes when our culture tires of the endless homicidal feuds, despairs of the use of force and war as a means of bringing peace, becomes discontent with the half-lives that its members are living - only then will our culture seriously look for alternatives.

— Carl Rogers

The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know.

— Carl Rogers

To perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain thereto as if one were the person, but without ever losing the "as if" condition. Thus, it means to sense the hurt or the pleasure of another as he senses it and to perceive the causes thereof as he perceives them, but without ever losing the recognition that it is as if I were hurt or pleased and so forth.

— Carl Rogers

Neurotic behavior is quite predictable. Healthy behavior is unpredictable.

— Carl Rogers

We in the West seem to have made a fetish out of complete individual self-sufficiency, of not needing help, of being completely private except in a very few selected relationships.

— Carl Rogers

To be original, or different, is felt to be "dangerous."

— Carl Rogers

An empathic way of being can be learned from empathic persons. Perhaps the most important statement of all is that the ability to be accurately empathic is something which can be developed by training. Therapists, parents and teachers can be helped to become empathic. This is especially likely to occur if their teachers and supervisors are themselves individuals of sensitive understanding. It is most encouraging to know that this subtle, elusive quality, of utmost importance in therapy, is not something one is "born with", but can be learned, and learned most rapidly in an empathic climate.

— Carl Rogers

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