Quotes from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

Irvin D. Yalom ·  272 pages

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“I explain to my patients that abused children often find it hard to disentangle themselves from their dysfunctional families, whereas children grow away from good, loving parents with far less conflict. After all, isn't that the task of a good parent, to enable the child to leave home?”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“every single person in the world is fundamentally alone. It’s hard, but that’s the way it is, and we have to face it.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“I hate it that she has so insinuated herself into the interstices of my mind that I can never root her out. And most of all, I hate that at the end of my life I feel compelled to ask, "How'd I do, Mama?".”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“Credinta, oricat de pasionata, de pura, de arzatoare, nu spune absolut nimic despre realitatea existentei lui Dumnezeu”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“Am invatat demult ca atunci cand intre doua persoane este un lucru grav si nu vorbesc despre el, nu vorbesc nici despre altceva important.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy



“Confruntarea cu moartea iminenta poate sa propulseze omul in intelepciune si la o noua profunzime a existentei.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“Cinstea mai presus de toate. Un sceptic convins in toate celelalte privinte, Ernest credea cu o fervoare fundamentalista in forta tamaduitoare a cinstei. Catehismul lui cerea cinste – insa o cinste temperata, selectiva. Si cinste responsabila, plina de grija: cinste in serviciul ingrijirii.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“Oamenii se iubesc pe ei insisi daca vad o imagine iubitoare a lor reflectata in ochii cuiva de care le pasa cu adevarat.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“Am invatat in munca mea, ca se tem cel mai mult de moarte cei care se apropie de ea avand prea multa viata netraita in ei. Cel mai bine este sa ne folosim toata viata. Sa nu-i lasam mortii decat drojdiile, nimic altceva decat un castel ars pana in temelii.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy


“Nu numai ca fictiunea isi are propriul adevar, dar orice povestire, oricat de „adevarata”, este o minciuna pentru ca omite atat de multe.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, quote from Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy



About the author

Irvin D. Yalom
Born place: in Washington DC, The United States
Born date June 13, 1931
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