Adam Phillips

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Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips

United Nations is an organization of global neighbors. I really wanted to be here to raise our voices together to our leaders to do more for our brothers and sisters who are poor.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's really obvious how strong the U.S. voice is in the United Nations. What the U.S. says and does can cripple or bring life to the programs that can help poor people across the world. So as an American, I feel compelled to raise my voice out of love for the neighbor who doesn't have that opportunity.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The fight to end Global Poverty goes beyond today, goes beyond this week. The Millennium Development Goals seek to put an end to extreme poverty, where people live on less than $1 a day,More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Freud changes our reading habits.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Monogamy is a way of getting the versions of ourselves down to the minimum.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The whole notion of sanity may be an attempt to medicalize morality - to speak of the good in the language of health: to make us more accurate, more scientific in our wanting - but by the same token it becomes a form of moral blackmail. It is as if to say: if these are not valued - if these forms of wanting and feeling and speaking and doing - are not cultivated and encouraged and rewarded in the child, then the child will be mad.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The past influences everything and dictates nothing.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is nothing more terrorizing than the possibility that nothing is hidden. There is nothing more scandalous than a happy marriageMore Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The big secret about Art is that no one wants it to be true.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Tragic heroes are failed pragmatists. Their ends are unrealistic and their means are impractical.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To grow up is to discover what one is unequal to.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Lovers, of course, are notoriously frantic epistemologists, second only to paranoiacs (and analysts) as readers of signs and wonders.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Believing in religion is like believing that adulthood is the solution to childhood.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everybody is dealing with how much of their own aliveness they can bear and how much they need to anesthetize themselves.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People change, but there really are limits. One thing you discover in psychoanalytic treatment is the limits of what you can change about yourself or your life. We are children for a very long time.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The child..will try to make himself..independent of other people. .. Excesses of appetite are self-cures for feelings of hopelessness. ..The child [uses] ?doubt about food to hide doubt about love.’More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sanity, as the project of keeping ourselves recognizably human, therefore has to limit the range of human experience. To keep faith with recognition we have to stay recognizable. Sanity, in other words, becomes a pressing preoccupation as soon as we recognize the importance of recognition. When we define ourselves by what we can recognize, by what we can comprehend- rather than, say, by what we can describe- we are continually under threat from what we are unwilling and/or unable to see. We are tyrannized by our blind More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You write to find out what you believe.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am always true to myself, that is the problem. Who else could I be true to?More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The child can find out what the object ..might be only by finding ..obstacles to its accessMore Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Transgression is a quest for solitudeMore Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is always a ..belief that by destroying the thing that we love we destroy our needsMore Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The vocabulary of one’s self-criticism is so impoverished and clichéd. We are at our most stupid in our self-hatred.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The wish to be understood may be our most vengeful demand, may be the way we hang on, as asults, to our grudge against our mothers; the way we never let our mothers off the hook for their not meeting our every need. Wanting to be understood, as adults, can be our most violent form of nostalgia.More Adam Phillips [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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