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It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. . . . There’s nothing to hold on to.

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Marilyn Ferguson (1938–2008) was an American author, editor, and public speaker. She is known for her 1980 book The Aquarian Conspiracy, sometimes called “the handbook of the New Age.” She was a founding member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAvoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run, but it will never make you less afraid.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt is not fear that stops you from doing the brave and true thing in your daily life. Rather, the problem is avoidance. You want to feel comfortable so you avoid doing or saying the thing that will evoke fear and other difficult emotions.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhen we try to protect ourselves from the inevitability of change, we are not listening to the soul. We are listening to our fear of life and death, our lack of faith, our smaller ego’s will to prevail.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThere is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

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FindCenter Quotes ImagePeople fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’

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FindCenter Quotes ImageNo one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

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