On Becoming a Person (1961)
- It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what
problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.
- Source: page 11
- Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of
validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my
own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience
that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation
to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me. Neither the Bible
nor the prophets -- neither Freud nor research -- neither the
revelations of God nor man -- can take precedence over my own direct
experience. My experience is not authoritative because it is infallible.
It is the basis of authority because it can always be checked in new
primary ways. In this way its frequent error or fallibility is always
open to correction.
- Source: page 23-24
- If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing
conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present
system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which
make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated
- Source: page # not specified
- Don't be the ammunition wagon, be the rifle ... knowledge exists primarily for use.
- Source: page 281
- "What I am is good enough, if I could just be it openly.