quote by Richard Rohr

The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines.

— Richard Rohr

Remarkable Relapse quotations

We lost the skyline We stepped right off the map Drifted into black space And let the clocks relapse.


As life goes on it becomes tiring to keep up the character you invented for yourself, and so you relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday.

Part of recovery is relapse. I dust myself off and move forward again.

Our generation is lost to the truth of God, to the reality of divine revelation, to the content of God's will, to the power of His redemption, and to the authority of His Word. For this loss it is paying dearly in a swift relapse into paganism.

It will be difficult, even painful, but democracy will prevail in Russia.

There will be no dictatorship, although relapses into authoritarianism are possible.


Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.

You have to get up every morning and tell yourself 'I can do this.'

Depression comes back over time in about 90 percent of people on antidepressants. Studies show that relapses are far less common when people are treated with psychotherapy.

Patriarchy is a disease and we are in perennial recovery and relapse.

So you have to get up every morning and struggle against it.

There's no such thing as quitting. Just sometimes there's a longer pause between relapses.


Such is the inconsistency of real love, that it is always awake to suspicion, however unreasonable; always requiring new assurances from the object of its interest.

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor.

One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.

Life is a series of relapses and recoveries.

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor.

One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.

The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.


A relapse doesn't mean you'll never walk down the path you prefer.

But I think relapses are almost an inevitable part of any course of self-development.

Every war involves a greater or less relapse into barbarism.

War, indeed, in its details, is the essence of inhumanity. It dehumanizes. It may save the state, but it destroys the citizen.

Experimental psychology itself has, it is true, now and again suffered relapse into a metaphysical treatment of its problems.

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.

Nothing on 'Relapse' and very little on 'Recovery' was produced by me.


As a rule, from what I've observed, the American Captain of Industry doesn't do anything out of business hours. When he has put the cat out and locked up the office for the night, he just relapses into a state of coma from which he emerges only to start being a Captain of Industry again.

One day [when I relapsed] I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel's. And then that voice - I call it the 'lower power' - goes, 'Hey. Just a taste. Just one.' I drank it, and there was that brief moment of 'Oh, I'm okay!' But it escalated so quickly. Within a week I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street.

Revenge is fever in our own blood, to be cured only by letting the blood of another; but the remedy too often produces a relapse, which is remorse--a malady far more dreadful than the first disease, because it is incurable.

Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm and shrewdly relapsing into repose.

A want of the habit of observing and an inveterate habit of taking averages are each of them often equally misleading.


There should be asylums for habitual teetotalers, but they would probably relapse into teetotalism as soon as they got out.

The soul's maladies have their relapses like the body's.

What we take for a cure is often just a momentary rally or a new form of the disease.

There have been summits of civilization at which heretics like Socrates , who was killed because he was wiser than his neighbors, have not been tortured, but ordered to kill themselves in the most painless manner known to their judges. But from that summit there was a speedy relapse into our present savagery.

Even from the abyss of horror in which we try to feel our way today, half-blind, our hearts distraught and shattered, I look up again and again to the ancient constellations that shone on my childhood, comforting myself with the inherited confidence that, some day, this relapse will appear only an interval in the eternal rhythm of progress onward and upward.

What this does for me emotionally, psychologically and spiritually - to look in the mirror and not be ashamed - has been very important in not relapsing.


I eat quite healthily normally but, like everyone, have relapses and give in to the odd cake.

Well, all I can say is, it's a day-by-day program, and so I'm very worried about relapsing, but I don't know. I don't want to use. I don't want to go back to that place because nothing good came of it. It was super dark; it's not nice.

They say you have to get and stay sober for yourself, and of course I agree with that, but I've really appreciated the added stakes of having someone relying on me for survival. My daughter makes me want to do right. That doesn't mean I won't relapse again. It's happened to me before. But she adds a layer of love in my life that I've never known.

A lot of addiction actually ends by age 30 - something like 50 percent of all addictions with the exception of tobacco - and I think a lot of what's going on there is that the self-control areas of the brain are finally developed enough to be able to stop yourself from relapsing or just continuing. There is a maturational aspect to it as well.