• The past influences everything and dictates nothing

    Adam Phillips
  • To grow up is to discover what one is unequal to

    Adam Phillips
  • If you want to be with somebody who gets you, you prefer collusion to desire, safety to excitement (sometimes good things to prefer but not always the things most wanted). The wish to be understood may be our most vengeful demand, may be the way we hang on, as adults, to the grudge against our mothers; the way we never let our mothers of the hook for their not meeting our every need. Wanting to be understood, as adults, can be, among many other things our most violent form of nostalgia

    Adam Phillips
  • Believing in religion is like believing that adulthood is the solution to childhood

    Adam Phillips
  • Tragic heroes are failed pragmatists. Their ends are unrealistic and their means are impractical

    Adam Phillips
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