Facts and Quotations

These facts and quotations about mental health have been compiled by Hywel Davies

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Introduction

Rough Guide to Emotional Health

Quotations


Introduction

This is a collection of mental health facts and quotations which may interest anyone who has had or has a mental health problem or anyone who has an interest, professional or otherwise, in mental health in the Western World in the 21st century.


Rough Guide To Emotional Health


Mental Health Services

Romania’s mental health budget for 23 million people is the same as that of Wilshire’s mental health trust which provides for 747,000 people (New Statesman 07/08/2006)


Mental Health and the Justice System

  • 90% of UK prisoners have at least one “psychiatric disorder”
  • 72% of UK prisoners cannot read or write
  • It costs 40,000 a year for the upkeep go each prisoner in the UK
  • It costs 75,000 to train a probation officer in the UK
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People with Mental Health Problems
  • One in four people have mental health problems in their lifetime
  • One in three people in Pembrokeshire have a mental health problem in their lifetime.
  • Up to 50% of psychiatric in-patients are survivors of child sexual abuse, some of which has been incestuous. (J. Williams et at, Purchasing Effective Mental Health Services for Women, University of Kent)


Quotations

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“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” Dr Martin Luther King

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“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” St Francis of Assisi

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There is a treasure in the heart of every man if you can only find it” Sir Winston Churchill

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“Men are like wine, some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age” Pope John Paul XXIII

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“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Saying

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“There’s nothing harder than the softness of indifference”  Juan Montalvo

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“Conscience is the virtue of the observers not the agents of action” Goethe

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“Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus” Baroness Thatcher

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 “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” Albert Einstein

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“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Sir Winston Churchill

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“History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” Abba Eban Israeli (S. African-born) diplomat & politician

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“Diplomacy is about surviving until the next century. Politics is about surviving until Friday afternoon.” Sir Humphrey Appleby, Yes Minister, written by Lyn and Anthony Jey

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“When you talk to god, its called praying..when god talks to you, its called schizophrenia.” NHS Saying

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“Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?” Tony Hancock

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“Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.” Albert Camus

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 “If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.” Henry Ford

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“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Albert Einstein

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“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier”. H. L. Mencken

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“I used to think that historical events always had deep economic causes: I now believe that pure farce covers a greater field of history, and that Gibbon is a more reliable guide to that subject than Marx.” Trevor-Roper

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 “Some historians hold that history … is just one damned thing after another.” Arnold Toynbee

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“Mankind are always happy for having been happy; so that, if you make them happynow, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it” Sydney Smith

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“Success brings you acolytes, but failures win you friends – it makes you human.” Andrew Billen

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“I won’t lie to you, fatherhood isn’t easy like motherhood.” Homer Simpson

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“Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.” Garrison Keillor 

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“A man can be called assertive if he launches World War Three. A woman can be called assertive if she puts you on hold,” Gloria Steinem

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“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” Bertrand Russell

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“We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.” William Butler Yeats

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“A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation.” James Freeman Clarke

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“If anyone tells me I’m fat, I say, “That’s because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit”. Clement Freud 

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“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Benjamin Franklin

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“Politics are not an instrument for effecting social change; they are the art of making the inevitable appear to be a matter of wise human choice.” Quentin Crisp

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“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” Soren Kierkegaard

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“There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth.” Samuel Butler

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“… the English public always feels perfectly at ease when a mediocrity is talking to it.” Oscar Wilde

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“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Will Rogers

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“I’m far from perfect. I’m still learning. I overworked myself, and I paid the price. I consider the breakdown a breakthrough. I needed to hit rock bottom. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard; fighting so hard against the system. ..”  Mariah Carey

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“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” Marcus Aurelius

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“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt 

“I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” William Wordsworth

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“It is better to be looked over than overlooked” Mae West

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“It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” Alfred Adler 

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“Art can have great power, great therapeutic value.” Alan Yentoub

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“You always become the thing you fight the most.” Carl Gustav Jung

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“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”  William Blake

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“God sends us pieces of art so that we may see ourselves in them” Vincent Van Gogh

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“An ounce of history is oath a pound of logic” George Orwell

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“Happiness is the relief after extreme tension” F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“My reputation grows with every failure” George Bernard Shaw

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“An iron is eaten by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion” Artisthenes

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“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.” George Orwell

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“Go on ,get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough” last words of Karl Marx

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“The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you” Sir Winston Churchill

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“Be friends of everyone. Be enemies of no-one” Charles Wesley

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“The salvation of our world lies in the hands of the maladjusted” Dr Martin Luther King


“No man goes further than he who knows not where he is going” Oliver Cromwell

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“Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom” George S Patton

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“Be content to seem what you really are” Marcus Amelius

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If it were possible to have a life absolutely free from every feeling of sin, what a terrifying vacuum it would be.
Cesare Pavese

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“It’s not enough that we do our best, sometimes we have to do what’s required.” Sir Winston Churchill

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“Humour is the final gift to perish in a foreign language” Virginia Woolfe

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“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world is the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt” Bertrand Russell

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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

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Tell the Lord Privy Seal that I am sealed to my privy, and can only deal with one shit at a time.” Sir Winston Churchill  when told on the lavatory that the Lord Privy Seal wanted to speak to him.

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“People who believe in nothing are immensely easy to govern” Gerard Debroot

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“It is impossible to please the entire world and ones father.” Jean de la Fontaine

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“The English like eccentrics. They just don’t like them living next door” Julian Clarey

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The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction” Dr. Samuel Johnson

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“I’m no Einstein” Albert Enstein

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“Happiness is good health and a bad memory” Ingrid Bergman

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“Sometimes, paranoids have all the facts” William S Burroughs

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“Pleasure is beer, misery a long journey” Ancient Mespotamian proverb circa 2000 BC

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“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.” Anatole France

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“A wise man gets more from his enemies than a fool from his friends” Baltasar Gracias

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“Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.” Oscar Wilde

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“Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves” Emily Bronte

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“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you” Aldous Huxley

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“In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain.” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another.” G K Chesterton

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“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Oscar Wilde

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“He can keep silence well. That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to” Thomas Hardy

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“Insanity is doing the same thing while expecting a different result.” Albert Einstein

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“Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like there’s no-one watching.” Satchel Paige

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Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook” William James, US Psychologist

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“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or ridiculous” Oscar Wilde

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“Without lies, humanity would perish of despair and boredom” Anatole France

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“Industry is the enemy of melancholy” William F Buckley

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“He who seeks problems will always find them or if not, invent them” Chinese Proverb

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Anger is a prelude to courage” Eric Hoffer

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“No man goes further than he who knows not know where he is going” Oliver Cromwell

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“Success is how you bounce when you hit the bottom” Geroge S Patton

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Be content to seem what you really are” Marcus Amelius

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“If it were possible to have a life absolutely free of every feeling of sin, what a terrible vacuum it would be” Cesare Parese, Italian Poet

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“The fundamental cause if the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt” Bertrand Russell 

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“The world is formed by unreasonable men. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” George Bernard Shaw

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 “Tell the Lord Privy Seal I am sealed in my privy, and can only deal with one shit at a time” Sir Winston Churchill when told while on the toilet that the Lord Privy Seal wanted to talk to him.

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I’m no Einstein” Albert Einstein

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“Nothing is permanent in this world – not even our troubles” Charlie Chaplin

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“Age is to high a price to pay for nationality” Tom Stoppard.

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 “We all born mad. Some remain so” Samuel Beckett

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“Pleasure is beer, misery a long journey” Ancient Mesopotamian proverb circa 2000 BC

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“People who believe in nothing are immensely easy to govern” Gerard Debroot, writer

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“It is impossible to please the entire world and one’s father” Jean del la Fontaine

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“The English love eccentrics. They just don’t like them living next door” Julian Clarey

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“Sometimes paranoids have all the facts” William S Burroughs

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“Happiness is good health and a bad memory” Ingrid Bergman

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“The true genius is a mind of general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction” Samuel Johnson

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“Man is quite insane,. He wouldn’t know how to make a maggot but he makes Gods by the dozen” Michel de Montaigne

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“”Humour is the final gift to perish in a foreign language” Virginia Woolfe

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“The point of philosophy is to point to something so simple as not to seem with saying and to end up with something so paradoxical that no one would believe it” Bertrand Russell

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