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    We cannot solve a problem by saying, "It's not my problem." We cannot solve a problem by hoping that someone else will solve it for us. I can solve a problem only when I say, "This is my problem and it's up to me to solve it."
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: problem  saying 
     
    The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace
    — M. Scott Peck
    Community is and must be inclusive. The great enemy of community is exclusivity. Groups that exclude others because they are poor or doubters or divorced or sinners or of some different race or nationality are not communities; they are cliques-actually defensive bastions against community.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Genuine love not only respects the individuality of the other but actually cultivates it, even at the risk of separation or loss. The ultimate goal of life remains the spiritual growth of the individual, the solitary journey to peaks that can be climbed only alone.
    — M. Scott Peck
    The major threats to our survival no longer stem from nature without but from our own human nature within. It is our carelessness, our hostilities, our selfishness and pride and willful ignorance that endanger the world.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. ... They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of self-awareness. ... [E]vil is laziness carried to its ultimate, extraordinary extreme.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: evil  people  pain  hate  goodness  extreme 
     
    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 is an ever ongoing process.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: wonder  process  year 
     
    Since the primary motive of the evil is disguise, one of the places evil people are most likely to be found is within the church. What better way to conceal one's evil from oneself as well as from others than to be a deacon or some other highly visible form of Christian within our culture
    — M. Scott Peck
    Love is the free exercise of choice. Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other but choose to live with each other.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: people  living  live  choice  exercise 
     
    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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another...The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: journey  right  wrong  path  complex 
     
    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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: human  poor  prejudice 
     
    Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: fear  action  courage 
     
    Mental health is an ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs
    — M. Scott Peck
    Community [is] a group of individuals who have learned how to communicate honestly with each other, whose relationships go deeper than their masks of composure, and who have developed some significant commitment to "rejoice together, mourn together," and to "delight in each other, make others' conditions our own.
    — M. Scott Peck
    The overall purpose of human communication is - or should be - reconciliation. It should ultimately serve to lower or remove the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate us human beings, one from another.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Since true listening involves a setting aside of the self, it also temporarily involves a total acceptance of the others. Sensing this acceptance, the speaker will feel less and less vulnerable, and more and more inclined to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. As this happens, speaker and listener begin to appreciate each other more and more, and the dance of love is begun again.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Emotional sickness is avoiding reality at any cost. Emotional health is facing reality at any cost.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Love is the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth... 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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning. Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: time  value 
     
    Since [narcissists] deep down, feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world's fault. Since they must deny their own badness, they must perceive others as bad. They project their own evil onto the world. They never think of themselves as evil, on the other hand, they consequently see much evil in others.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: evil  world  bad  conflict 
     
    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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: truth  searching  moment 
     
    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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: truth  facts 
     
    Whenever we think of ourselves as doing something for someone else, we are in some way denying our own responsibility. Whatever we do is done because we choose to do it, and we make that choice because it is the one that satisfies us the most.
    — M. Scott Peck
    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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: peace  community 
     
    I have learned nothing in twenty years that would suggest that evil people can be rapidly influenced by any means other than raw power. They do not respond, at least in the short run, to either gentle kindness or any form of spiritual persuasion with which I am familiar.
    — M. Scott Peck
    When we love someone our love becomes demonstrable or real only through our exertion - through the fact that for that someone (or for ourself) we take an extra step or walk an extra mile. Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: real  facts 
     
    Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them?
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: problem 
     
    Integrity is never painless.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: integrity 
     
    Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think 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.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Worship is yet another paradox of the religious life: it is simultaneously the greatest duty and the greatest pleasure of faith. Worship is the act of truly loving God. Believe in this brilliant Being, this magnificent "higher power," who not only created us but nurtures us with care and intelligence beyond our imagination, and obviously we are called to worship Him.
    — M. Scott Peck
    Some Catholics have a concept I very much admire: the Sacrament of the Present Moment. It suggests that every moment of our lives is sacred, and that we should make of each moment a sacrament. Were we to do this we would think of the entire world as diffused with holiness. Wherever we might be would be a holy place for us, and we would see the holy, even sainthood, in everyone we encounter.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: live  present  world  moment  sacred  holy 
     
    When we cling, often forever, to our old patterns of thinking and behaving, we fall to negotiate any crisis, to truly grow up, and to experience the joyful sense of rebirth that accompanies the successful transition into greater maturity.
    — M. Scott Peck
    The giving up of personality traits, well-established patterns of behavior, ideologies, and even whole life styles...these are major forms of giving up that are required if one is to travel very far on the journey of life.
    — M. Scott Peck
    When I am with a group of human beings committed to hanging in there through both the agony and the joy of community, I have a dim sense that I am participating in a phenomenon for which there is only one word...."glory."
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: joy  human  community 
     
    When we love something it is of value to us, and when something is of value to us we spend time with it, time enjoying it and time taking care of it.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: time  value  care 
     
    The symptoms and the illness are not the same thing. The illness exists long before the symptoms. Rather than being the illness, the symptoms are the beginning of its cure. The fact that they are unwanted makes them all the more a phenomenon of grace - a gift of God, a message from the unconscious.
    — M. Scott Peck
    tags: grace  illness  gift  facts  god 
     
    In thinking about miracles, I believe that our frame of reference has been too dramatic. We have been looking for the burning bush, the parting of the sea, the bellowing voice from heaven. Instead we should be looking at the ordinary day-to-day events in our lives for evidence of the miraculous, maintaining at the same time a scientific orientation.
    — M. Scott Peck
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