28 Remarkable Scott Peck Quotes

Dr. Scott Peck is an American psychiatrist and best selling author best known for his best selling book, ‘The Road Less Traveled.’ Having served in the United States Army and co-founding the Foundation for Community Encouragement, here is a look at some of the most notable Scott Peck quotes to know.

“As I have defined it, love is the antithesis of laziness. Ordinary laziness is a passive failure to love.”

“But the reality of life is such that at times one person does know better than the other what is good for the other, and in actuality is in a position of superior knowledge or wisdom in regard to the matter at hand.”

“Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.”

“For any single thing of importance, there are multiple reasons.”

“For godhood and the hope for mankind, and within each of us is the original sin of laziness, the ever-present force of entropy pushing us back to childhood, to the womb and to the swamps from which we have evolved.”

“If there were but one thing I could hope for from the reader of the remainder of this book, it would be that he or she possesses the capacity to perceive the miraculous.”


“In any case, when we avoid the legitimate suffering that results from dealing with problems, we also avoid the growth that problems demand from us.”

“It is for this reason that in chronic mental illness we stop growing, we become stuck. And without healing, the human spirit begins to shrivel.”

“Learning from their children is the best opportunity most people have to assure themselves of a meaningful old age. Sadly, most do not take this opportunity.”

“Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful.”

“Many scientists simply do not look at the evidence of the reality of God.”

“Moreover, the genuine lover always respects and even encourages this separateness and the unique individuality of the beloved.”

“Most of us feel our loneliness to be painful and yearn to escape from behind the walls of our individual identities to a condition in which we can be more unified with the world outside of ourselves.”

“Nonetheless, there are some whose capacity to love is great enough for them to build loving relationships successfully within the family and still have energy left for additional relationships.”

“Or even when we determine that people are truly intending to encroach on us, we may realize that, for one reason or another, it is not in our best interests to respond to that imposition with anger.”

“People with this disorder, passive dependent people, are so busy seeking to be loved that they have no energy left to love.”

“Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.”

“Seeing and admitting the truth about ourselves, about our role in creating our own problems, and about how we relate to others is vital for healing.”

“Specifically, one whose life is ruled and dictated by dependency needs suffers from a psychiatric disorder to which we ascribe the diagnostic name.”

“The children are deprived of the knowledge they might gain about money, illness, drugs, sex, marriage, their parents, their grandparents and people in general.”

“The only true end of love is spiritual growth or human evolution.”

“There are four: delaying of gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth, and balancing. As will be evident, these are not complex tools whose application demands extensive training.”

“There is no better and ultimately no other way to teach your children that they are valuable people than by valuing them.”

“There really are people, and institutions made up of people, who respond with hatred in the presence of goodness and would destroy the good insofar as it is in their power to do so.”

“They do this not with conscious malice but blindly, lacking awareness of their own evil—indeed, seeking to avoid any such awareness.”

“To the contrary, they are simple tools, and almost all children are adept in their use by the age of.”

“What happens when one has striven long and hard to develop a working view of the world, a seemingly useful, workable map, and then is confronted with new information suggesting that the view is wrong and the map needs to be largely redrawn?”

“Without discipline we can solve nothing. With only some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline we can solve all problems.”

As the co-founder of The Love Center, Dr. Scott Peck goes over the love skills in this free course.

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