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4/9/1930 - (Present)
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To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self-esteem.

All about the self Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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Innovators and creators are persons who can to a higher degree than average accept the condition of aloneness. They are more willing to follow their own vision, even when it takes them far from the mainland of the human community. Unexplored places do not frighten them- or not, at any rate, as much as they frighten those around them. This is one of the secrets of their power. That which we call "genius" has a great deal to do with courage and daring, a great deal to do with nerve.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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We are anxious when there is a dissonance between our "knowledge" and the perceivable facts. Since our "knowledge" is not to be doubted or questioned, it is the facts that have to be altered...

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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Positive self-esteem operates as, in effect, the immune system of the consciousness, providing resistance, strength, and a capacity for regeneration. When self-esteem is low, our resilience in the face of life's adversities is diminished. We crumble before vicissitudes that a healthier sense of self could vanquish. We tend to be more influenced by the desire to avoid pain than to experience joy. Negatives have more power over us than positives.

Society Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.

Change Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.

Inspirational Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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We are anxious when there is a dissonance between our "knowledge" and the perceivable facts. Since our "knowledge" is not to be doubted or questioned, it is the facts that have to be altered...

Politics / government Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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We do not hear the term "compassionate" applied to business executives or entrepreneurs, certainly not when they are engaged in their normal work. Yet in terms of results in the measurable form of jobs created, lives enriched, communities built, living standards raised, and poverty healed, a handful of capitalists has done infinitely more for mankind than all the self-serving politicians, academics, social workers, and religionists who march under the banner of "compassion".

Finance and economics Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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It is generally recognized that creativity requires leisure, an absence of rush, time for the mind and imagination to float and wander and roam, time for the individual to descend into the depths of his or her psyche, to be available to barely audible signals rustling for attention. Long periods of time may pass in which nothing seems to be happening. But we know that kind of space must be created if the mind is to leap out of its accustomed ruts, to part from the mechanical, the known, the familiar, the standard, and generate a leap into the new.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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If we do not believe in ourselves- neither in our efficacy nor in our goodness- the universe is a frightening place.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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The natural inclination of a child is to take pleasure in the use of the mind no less than of the body. The child's primary business is learning. It is also the primary entertainment. To retain that orientation into adulthood, so that consciousness is not a burden but a joy, is the mark of the successfully developed human being.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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Sometimes the subconscious mind manifests a wisdom several steps or even years ahead of the conscious mind, and has its own way of leading us toward our destiny.

Psychological subjects Quotes, by Nathaniel Branden

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