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R. D. Laing

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Perhaps God is not dead; perhaps God is himself mad.

R. D. Laing

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

R. D. Laing

Insanity: a perfectly rational adjustment to the insane world.

R. D. Laing

Life is a sexually transmitted disease.

R. D. Laing

The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation.

R. D. Laing

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.

R. D. Laing

There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.

R. D. Laing

From the moment of birth, when the stone-age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father have been, and their parents and their parents before them. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities. This enterprise is on the whole successful.

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The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

R. D. Laing

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing.

R. D. Laing

Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.

R. D. Laing

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

R. D. Laing

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.

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Freud was a hero. He descended to the Underworld and met there stark terrors. He carried with him his theory as a Medusa's head which turned these terrors to stone.

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Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.

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There is no such condition as 'schizophrenia,' but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.

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We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.

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Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.

R. D. Laing

Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.

R. D. Laing

We are all in a post-hypnotic trance induced in early infancy.

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We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.

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Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.

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If I don't know I don't know, I think I know. If I don't know I know I know, I think I don't know.

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Rule A: Don't. Rule A1: Rule A doesn't exist. Rule A2: Do not discuss the existence or non-existence of Rules A, A1 or A2.

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True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.

R. D. Laing