Telling a lie creates problems for the future. Telling the truth makes the problem a part of the past.
“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” ~ Emile Zola, via Ego is the Enemy
The Road Less Traveled is a deeply insightful, no bull, tell-you-what-you-need-to-hear book by Dr. Scott Peck that covers, what he believes to be, the attributes that make for a fulfilled person.
Dr. Peck references his life experience as a psychiatrist and divides his advice into four parts for fulfillment: discipline, love, religion, and grace.
Below, you will find 15 of my favorite quotes from The Road Less Traveled that transcend the individual parts of the book and speak to his message as a whole.
Spend some time reading through these tid-bits of wisdom and reflect on how they might merge with your life’s (road less traveled) path.
Afterall, as Dr. Peck points out, it is only through the action that our desires manifest.
“The more honest one is, the easier it is to continue being honest, just as the more lies one has told, the more necessary it is to lie again. By their openness, people dedicated to the truth live in the open, and through the exercise of their courage to live in the open, they become free from fear.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
“When your thoughts, words, and deeds form a seamless fabric, you streamline your efforts and thus eliminate worry and dread.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Try to be transparent, clear and truthful. Even when it is difficult, and above all when it is difficult.” ~ Jean-Cyril Spinetta
“What upsets me is not that you lied to me, but that I can no longer believe you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“By behaving in ways that build trust with one, you build trust with many.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust
“We cannot consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with our beliefs.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold