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Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer—and on the reader.

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Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an American cantadora (storyteller), poet, and Jungian psychoanalyst. Her work explores creativity, anger, self-care, childhood wounds, mother-daughter relationships, and accessing the creative feminine, and she holds workshops on these themes. She is the author of Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype.

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FindCenter Quotes ImagePeople’s sense of self-worth is pivotal to their ability to look clearly at the hurt they’ve caused. The more solid one’s sense of self regard, the more likely that that person can feel empathy and compassion for the hurt party, and apologize from an authentic center.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAnger is a tool for change when it challenges us to become more of an expert on the self and less of an expert on others.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOnly through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe are what we believe we are!

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FindCenter Quotes ImageNo great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageExperience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe are often better served by connecting ideas than we are by protecting them.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIf you bring forth what is within you it will save you. If you do not, it will destroy you.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageRespect the fact that all you do and are now has evolved for a good reason and serves an important purpose.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhen we do not put our primary emotional energy into solving our own problems, we take on other people’s problems as our own.

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