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17 Of The Best Road Less Traveled Quotes (M. Scott Peck)

Who Was M. Scott Peck?

M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist (born May 22, 1936, New York, N.Y.—died Sept. 25, 2005, Warren, Conn.), wrote the best-selling book The Road Less Traveled (1978), which was credited with revolutionizing the self-help genre. Self-help books had typically offered tips for succeeding in business, but Peck’s book began with the premise that life is hard and then gave advice on how to lead a disciplined and spiritual life. The work eventually landed on the best-seller list, where it remained for more than eight years. The Road sold more than 10 million copies and was translated into 20 languages. Peck also authored several other books, including People of the Lie (1983), an examination of evil.”

For more resources see Dr. Peck’s official site: M.ScottPeck.com
The above excerpt is taken directly from Encyclopedia Brittanica.

The Road Less Traveled Quotes:

“Genuine love is volitional rather than emotional. The person who truely loves does so because of a decision to love. This person has made a commitment to be loving whether or not the loving feeling is present. …Conversely, it is not only possible but necessary for a loving person to avoid acting on feelings of love.”
M. Scott Peck


“If we know exactly where we’re going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we’ll see along the way, we won’t learn anything. ”
M. Scott Peck


“It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. ”
M. Scott Peck


“The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.”
M. Scott Peck


“As far as I am concerned, virtually all psychological diseases have their origin in our conscious minds. And that is not what we are taught.”
M. Scott Peck


“I do not think that everybody has to struggle. But to probably at least half of the people, it never seems to enter their minds that they might be engaged in a struggle or that there might be something to struggle with.”
M. Scott Peck


“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
M. Scott Peck


“We know a great deal more about the causes of physical disease than we do about the causes of physical health.”
M. Scott Peck


“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” M. Scott Peck

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
M. Scott Peck


“We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.”
M. Scott Peck


‘The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior.”
-M. Scott Peck 



“Human beings are poor examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a PROFOUND tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there.”
M. Scott Peck


“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.”
M. Scott Peck 


“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior.”
M. Scott Peck



Check out our other posts featuring the work of M. Scott Peck:
==>Understanding Human Nature: Thoughts From M. Scott Peck
==>The Road Less Traveled Book Summary

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