Pity the Fool, a Quotation

10th March 2009

From a A Cup of Joe:

“I must learn to love the fool in me–the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.” — Theodore I. Rubin, MD

10 thoughts on “Pity the Fool, a Quotation

  1. allison

    My counselor just gave this to me a few weeks ago on a bookmark. I read it and said, “Yes!” Counselors are like cups of joe, right?

  2. Betsey

    This is awesome. I was thinking earlier about my grandfather who passed away at age 92, at his own doing, who died on his own terms. He ‘acted the fool’ and had an amazing time doing it. By doing so, he brought a light, humor, and joviality into lives that otherwise wouldn’t have existed. And that folks, is why I do not begrudge him his suicide. At age 92, he deserved to leave the world on his terms. 2 years ago I wouldn’t have said this, but now I do. Thanks Maggie.

  3. darcy

    But boy oh boy is it hard to embrace that fool. Last year I was on a really horrible reality tv show (I survived a japanese game show) and I underperformed, missed my kids terribly and was basically just an utter fool, at the time I was horrified at my craziness, now I am kind of proud. I am sure I will act like an ass again soon, but I am going to save this quote, so I can refer to it.
    thanks maggie

  4. poptart

    Fantastic! I can relate to that so very much. I feel like I am stumbling through life somedays, promising this, running from that, wanting less, wanting more. This is true for so many of us! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Jessica

    That really touched me today. And I really needed to hear it before I kicked my own ass to a bloody pulp. Thank you for sharing. I heart you.

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