Quotes by Swiss authors


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"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases"
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"In the practical world of computing, it is rather uncommon that a program, once it performs correctly and satisfactorily, remains unchanged forever"
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"I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that's living"
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"I was under contract to Paramount. They wanted to make me into somebody which I was not. So I got so scared and rebelled, so they threw me out of the studio"
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"It is very difficult for people to believe the simple fact that every persecutor was once a victim. Yet it should be very obvious that someone who was allowed to feel free and strong from childhood does not have the need to humiliate another person"
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"The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong"
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"The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results"
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"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed"
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"Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself"
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"Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us"
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"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child"
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"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes"
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"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses"
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"The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown"
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"The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity"
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"We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more"
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"The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition"
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"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves"
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"Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also"
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"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people"
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"It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts"
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"It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves"
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"In my case Pilgrim's Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am"
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"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order"
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"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves"
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"If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool"
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"I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life"
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"Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off"
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"Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own"
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"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves"
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