Albert Ellis Quotes

Photo of Albert Ellis, psychologist and psychotherapist

Albert Ellis Quotes

Albert Ellis was considered to be the ‘grandfather’ of cognitive-behavioral therapy. His realistic strategy was extraordinarily successful in coaching clients to overcome challenges and help them to set and achieve realistic goals.

Albert Ellis, PhD, was considered the ‘grandfather of cognitive-behavioral therapy’. He wrote over 50 no-nonsense, opinionated and amusing books.

Image: Photo of Albert Ellis, psychologist and psychotherapist 

“By not caring too much about what people think, I’m able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.”

“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.”

“There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”

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

“If something is irrational, that means it won’t work. It’s usually unrealistic.”

– Albert Ellis  (1913-2007)

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