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“Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us. Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be. Will we grow in self-actualization, or will it destroy us? The one thing we can be certain of is that if we let ourselves fully into the relationship for good or evil, we will not come out unaffected.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt. (p. 21)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Recall how often in human history the saint and the rebel have be the same person. (p. 35)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness. (p. 100)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Dogmatism of all kinds--scientific, economic, moral, as well as political--are threatened by the creative freedom of the artist. This is necessarily and inevitably so. We cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative persons of all sorts, are the possible destroyer of our nicely ordered systems. (p. 76)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“It is highly significant and indeed almost a rule, that moral courage has its source in such identification through one's own sensitivity with suffering of one's fellow human beings." (p. 16-17)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundations that underlies and gives reality to all other virtue and personal values. (p. 13)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Poets may be delightful creatures in the meadow or the garret, but they are menaces on the assembly line.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Creative people, as I see them, are distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety, even though a high price may be paid in terms of insecurity, sensitivity, and defenselessness for the gift of the “divine madness,” to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks. They do not run away from non-being, but by encountering and wrestling with it, force it to produce being. They knock on silence for an answering music; they pursue meaninglessness until they can force it to mean.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Mass communication--wonder as it may be technologically and something to be appreciated and valued--presents us wit a serious daner, the danger of conformism, due to the fact that we all view the same things at the same time in all the cities of the country. (p. 73)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“What genuine painters do is to reveal the underlying psychological and spiritual conditions of their relationship to their world; thus in the works of a great painter we have a reflection of the emotional and spiritual condition of human beings in that period of history. If you wish to understand the psychological and spiritual temper of any historical period, you can do no better than to look long and searchingly at its art. For in the art the underlying spiritual meaning of the period is expressed directly in symbols. This is not because artists are didactic or set out to teach or to make propaganda; to the extend that they do, their power of expression is broken; their direct relations to the inarticulate, or, if you will, 'unconscious' levels of the culture is destroyed. They have the power to reveal the underlying meaning of any period precisely because the essence of art is the powerful and alive encounter between the artist and his or her world." (pg 52)”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Consciousness is the awareness that emerges out of the dialectical tension between possibilities and limitations.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“The receptivity of the artist must never be confused with passivity.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Escapist creativity is that which lacks encounter.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“By the creative act, however, we are able to reach beyond our own death. This is why creativity is so important and why we need to confront the problem of the relationship between creativity and death.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“The concept of encounter also enables us to make clearer the important distinction between talent and creativity. Talent may well have its neurological correlates and can be studied as “given” to a person. A man or woman may have talent whether he or she uses it or not; talent can probably be measured in the person as such. But creativity can be seen only in the act. If we were purists, we would not speak of a “creative person,” but only of a creative act.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Whereas moral courage is the righting of wrongs, creative courage, in contrast, is the discovering of new forms, new symbols, new patterns on which a new society can be built.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Every authentic artist is engaged in this creating of the conscience of the race, even though he or she may be unaware of the fact. The artist is not a moralist by conscious intention, but is concerned only with hearing and expressing the vision within his or her own being. But out of the symbols the artist sees and creates—as Giotto created the forms for the Renaissance—there is later hewn the ethical structure of the society.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“The battle with the gods thus hinges on our own mortality! Creativity is a yearning for immortality.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Tillich'e göre "insanlar kaygılarından kurtulmak için Tanrı'yı ve korkuları yarattılar.”
Alper Oysal, The Courage to Create
“Opposites though they are, both solitude and solidarity are essential if the artist is to produce works that are not only significant to his or her age, but that will also speak to future generations.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Are we to conclude that these chief gods, Zeus and Yahweh, did not wish humankind to have moral consciousness and the arts of civilization? It is a mystery indeed.
The most obvious explanation is that the creative artist and poet and saint must fight the actual (as contrasted to the ideal) gods of our society—the god of conformism as well as the gods of apathy, material success, and exploitative power. These are the “idols” of our society that are worshiped by multitudes of people.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“When I use the word rebel for the artist, I do not refer to revolutionary or to such things as taking over the dean’s office; that is a different matter. Artists are generally soft-spoken persons who are concerned with their inner visions and images. But that is precisely what makes them feared by any coercive society. For they are the bearers of the human being’s age-old capacity to be insurgent.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“These poets and other creative persons are the ones who express being itself, he held. As I would put it, these are the ones who enlarge human consciousness. Their creativity is the most basic manifestation of a man or woman fulfilling his or her own being in the world.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Suppose the apprehension of beauty is itself a way to truth? Suppose that “elegance”—as the word is used by physicists to describe their discoveries—is a key to ultimate reality?”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Kaygı ve suçluluk da hasta tarafından anlaşıldığında yapıcı olanaklar taşırlar, asla eritilmeye çalışılmamalıdırlar. Kişinin kendi psikolojik yüreğiyle bu son bağlarını kesmek (ilaçlarla, telkinle, koltuklamayla), onu kendisinin olmayan bir dünyaya, varoluşa itmektir.”
Alper Oysal, The Courage to Create
“Storr'a göre Descartes ve Schopenhauer'in felsefesinin nedeni sevgiden yabancılaşmalarıdır, Beethoven ise müziğini, yaşayan insanların onda yarattığı düş kırıklığı ve kine karşı düşlediği ideal bir sevgi ve dostluktan doğurmuştur. Gerçek dünyaya karşı düşmanlığını yüceltmese büyük ihtimalle psikotik bir paranoyak olacaktı.”
Alper Oysal, The Courage to Create
“Just as the poet is a menace to conformity, he is also a constant threat to political dictators. He is always on the verge of blowing up the assembly line of political power.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create
“Kendini adama ve şüphe arasındaki ilişki hiçbir şekilde ulaşılmaz değildir. Kendini adama şüphe içermediği zaman değil, şüpheye rağmen olduğunda en sağlıklıdır.”
Rollo May, The Courage to Create

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