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Karl A. Menninger Quotes

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.
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What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

— Karl A. Menninger

It is hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one.

— Karl A. Menninger

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.

— Karl A. Menninger

Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse.

— Karl A. Menninger

Is it hard for the reader to believe that suicides are sometimes committed to forestall the committing of murder? There is no doubt of it. Nor is there any doubt that murder is sometimes committed to avert suicide.

— Karl A. Menninger

The adjuration to be "normal" seems shockingly repellent to me; I see neither hope nor comfort in sinking to that low level. I think it is ignorance that makes people think of abnormality only with horror and allows them to remain undismayed at the proximity of "normal" to average and mediocre. For surely anyone who achieves anything is, essentially, abnormal.

— Karl A. Menninger

Love is a medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given, too rarely taken ...

— Karl A. Menninger

Once asked what action he would recommend if a person were to feel a nervous breakdown coming on: Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, and find someone in need and do something for him.

— Karl A. Menninger

Neurotic means he is not as sensible as I am, and psychotic means he's even worse than my brother-in-law.

— Karl A. Menninger

The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius.

— Karl A. Menninger

Hope is an adventure, a going forward, a confident search for a rewarding life.

— Karl A. Menninger

Set up as an ideal the facing of reality as honestly and as cheerfully as possible.

— Karl A. Menninger

We have come to see that just as the child must learn to love wisely, so he must learn to hate expeditiously, to turn destructive tendencies away from himself toward enemies that actually threaten him rather than toward the friendly and the defenseless, the more usual victims of destructive energy.

— Karl A. Menninger

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