QUOTE affection by gina sekelsky studio There were a lot of quotes I could have chosen to represent David Brooks' The Road to Character.  A lot.  But this is the passage that has stuck with me: The struggle against the weaknesses in yourself is never a solitary struggle.  No person can achieve self-mastery on his or her own.... Everybody needs redemptive assistance from outside—from family, friends, ancestors, rules, traditions, institutions, exemplars, and, for believers, God.  We all need people to tell us when we are wrong, to advise us on how to do right, and to encourage, support, arouse, cooperate, and inspire us along the way.... If you are to prosper in the confrontation with yourself, you have to put yourself in a state of affection.   BOOK character by gina sekelsky studio This is the sort of book that resonated with me so deeply that I almost don't want to write about it. I don't want to sully it with inadequate words or risk hearing that it didn't touch you the same way.  Yes, it's a little heavy handed at times (but then, I went to Catholic school, so all that talk of "sin" didn't put me off the way it might put you off). And no, I don't agree with all of it.  But his kernel of truth seems to be the same as mine, and that means I'm not alone.  Whew. Download today’s quote by clicking on this link:  September Quote 16 Today’s free download is three pages: my terms of use (which explain what you can & can’t do with this free artwork), a 3×4 card and a 4×6 card, both in black/blue/red. Both sizes have a strip along the bottom with my copyright. Feel free to trim that off if it works better for your project.
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2 Responses to Free quote no. 16

  1. amelia says:

    oh I love that passage. it’s hitting me today in a near-epiphanic sort of way. thank you.

  2. MoniCue says:

    I am reading Brene Brown–who also says we must teat ourselves with affection and kindness….

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