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Quotes of the day: Dr. Joyce Brothers
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Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 12:03 AM EDT
May 13 2014

Joyce Diane Brothers (née Bauer; October 20, 1927 - May 13, 2013) was an American psychologist, television personality and columnist, who wrote a daily newspaper advice column from 1960 to 2013. In 1955, she became the only woman ever to win the top prize on the American game show The $64,000 Question, answering questions on the topic of boxing, which was suggested as a stunt by the show's producers. In 1958, she presented a television show on which she dispensed psychological advice, pioneering the field. She wrote a column for Good Housekeeping for almost 40 years and became, according to The Washington Post, the "face of American psychology". Brothers appeared in dozens of television roles, usually as herself, but from the 1970s onward she accepted roles portraying fictional characters, often self-parodies. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A philosopher is a person who doesn't care which side his bread is buttered on; he knows he eats both sides anyway.

Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can- and surely will at times- fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.

An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.

Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.

Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.

Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift... The hangover comes the day after.

Don't fool yourself that you are going to have it all. You are not. Psychologically, having it all is not even a valid concept. The marvelous thing about human beings is that we are perpetually reaching for the stars. The more we have, the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all.

I don't give advice. I can't tell anybody what to do. Instead I say this is what we know about this problem at this time. And here are the consequences of these actions.

If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.

If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider.

In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them.

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.

Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash.

No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

The best proof of love is trust.

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.

The world at large does not judge us by who we are and what we know; it judges us by what we have.

Those who have easy, cheerful attitudes tend to be happier than those with less pleasant temperaments, regardless of money, 'making it', or success.

Trust your hunches... Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. Warning! Do not confuse your hunches with wishful thinking. This is the road to disaster.

We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it.

When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all.

When you look at your life the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.


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