‘The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.’ – Albert Ellis

‘There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.’ – Albert Ellis

‘The art of love is largely the art of persistence.’ – Albert Ellis

‘Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.’ – Albert Ellis

‘Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.’ – Albert Ellis

‘We teach people that they upset themselves. We can’t change the past, so we change how people are thinking, feeling and behaving today.’ – Albert Ellis

‘I think it’s unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that’s the human condition.’ – Albert Ellis

‘I hope to die in the saddle seat.’ – Albert Ellis

‘Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it’s conditional.’ – Albert Ellis

‘I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.’ – Albert Ellis