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Richard Rohr Quotes

Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr quotes: punchlines for a life well-lived.

“Every viewpoint is a view from a point.”

“Heartbreaks, disappointments and even our own weaknesses can serve as stepping-stones to the second half of life transformation. Failings are the foundation for growth. Those who have fallen, failed or ‘gone down’ are the only ones who understand ‘up.'”

“When we fail we are merely joining the great parade of humanity that has walked ahead of us and will follow after us.”

“There is someone dancing with you, and you are not afraid of making mistakes.”

“We all remain who we are. But on the way to healing or liberation we have to do what the Romans called agere contra: we have to act against the grain of our natural compulsions. This requires clear decisions. Because it does not happen by itself, it is in a way unnatural or supernatural. We simply have to cut loose now and then, and in the process, make mistakes.”

“If you depend on being emotionally inspired or newly motivated, you will need a new fix almost every day.”

“I think most human beings are dualistic thinkers. It gets them through the day. It gives them a sense of superiority and security; that’s what the ego wants.”

“You do need some successes as a young person. They don’t inflate the ego necessarily, they just give you identity and ego structure. But, don’t construct your life around creating those. Or you will become narcissistic and egocentric. That won’t get you anywhere.”

“You have to find some way to not become a cynical or negative person, a person who keeps walking around and opening your eyes in the outside world but inside you close down, a person who stops expecting tomorrow to be better than today.”

“The fears that assault us are mostly simple anxieties about social skills, about intimacy, about likeableness or about performance. We need not give emotional food or charge to these fears or become attached to them. We don’t even have to shame ourselves for having these fears. Simply ask your fears, ‘What are you trying to teach me?’ Some say that FEAR is merely an acronym for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real.'”

“The most common one-liner in the Bible is, ‘Do not be afraid.’ Someone counted, and it occurs 365 times.”

“A good teacher teaches people how to see, not what to see.”

“A skilled listener can help people tap into their own wisdom.”

“Being informed is different from being formed, and the first is a common substitute for the second.”

“Transformed people transform people.”

“If you try to assert wisdom before people have themselves walked it, be prepared for much resistance, denial, push-back and verbal debate.”

“The journey never happens alone.”

“The more one gives one’s self in creative union with another, the more one becomes one’s self.”

“Creation is a process that is still happening and we’re in on it! We are a part of this endless creativity.”

“You create your response to reality, and that response, for all practical purposes, is your reality.”

“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”

“Your false self is always that which is passing away. Your true self doesn’t go up or down, it’s constant—it’s a rock. Once you learn how to live there, what others say about you, your failures or successes—these don’t send you on a roller coaster ride down or up. It’s really the only way to peace. There’s no other way to be peaceful except in the true self.”

“When you get your ‘Who am I?’ question right, all of your ‘What should I do?’ questions tend to take care of themselves.”

“When you don’t need to play the victim or create victims you are free.”

“Whole people see and create wholeness wherever they go; split people see and create splits in everything and everybody.”

“There are three things we have to let go of. The first is the compulsion to be successful. Second, is the compulsion to be right, especially theologically right. Finally, there is the compulsion to be powerful, to have everything under control.”

“Maturity is the ability to joyfully live in an imperfect world.”

“You cannot heal what you cannot acknowledge.”

“The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”

“Most of us live in the past, carrying our hurts, guilts and fears. We have to face the pain we carry, lest we spend the rest of our lives running away from it or letting it run us. But the only place you’ll ever meet the real is now—here.”

“The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling, or changing, or dying. The ego is that part of you that loves the status quo, even when it’s not working. It attaches to past and present and fears the future.”

“It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect.”

“Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them—all the way through!”

“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”

“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”

“When you do the first half of life well, you have a good sense of yourself.”

“The movement toward gratitude, authenticity, and union is the natural and organic inner work of the second half of our lives.”

“The most courageous thing we will ever do is to bear humbly the mystery of our own reality.”

“There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it’s enough.”

“When happiness eludes us—as, eventually, it always will—we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again.”

“I have committed myself to joy. I have come to realize that those who make space for joy, those who prefer nothing to joy, those who desire the utter reality, will most assuredly have it. We must not be afraid to announce it. Now and then we must even announce it to ourselves.”

“All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.”

“The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what’s there: all of it.”

“We must—yes, must—make a daily and even hourly choice to focus on the good, the true, and the beautiful.”

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