By Alfred Adler
I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.
For me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart.
We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.
You vote yourselves salaries out of the public funds and care only for your own personal interests; hence the state limps along.
Unless you become more watchful in your states and check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will, in the end, find that… the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations.
Mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations with exclusive privileges… which are employed altogether for their benefit.
What is courage? Courage is the willingness to risk failure…There is only one danger I find in life, and that, indeed, is a real one. You may take too many precautions.
Nobody adopts antisocial behavior unless they fear that they will fail if they remain on the social side of life.
No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma – but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.
It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.
All failures – neurotics, psychotics, criminals, drunkards, problem children, suicides, perverts, and prostitutes – are failures because they are lacking in social interest.
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.
The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.
If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.
He who becomes a Muslim does so in his own interest.